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Design Studio Staub

A New School of Thought

Supervisor: Peter Staub

Assistant: Georgia Papathanasiou

Studio Staub will focus on the design of new schools of thought, in close collaboration with institutions and individuals working on the ongoing research project with the same name, short “NeST”. The semester will be composed by three highlights:

1. An ideas competition
The studio will conduct an ideas competition for a new school of thought within the realm of the architectural discipline. We will first develop a digital archive which will serve as a basis for the formulation of visual manifestos for the students’ very own new schools of thought, taking a position on the current architectural scene/milieu and the contemporary system of architectural education. We will speculate on what and how to learn, while simultaneously conceive, imagine and design spaces that emerge from your manifesto and your ideological conception of knowledge production. By proposing spatial and syntactic structures, the projects will manifest different forms of learning processes and mediation. Taking into consideration the work produced by students at the Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during the winter term 2015, we will continue to experiment with spatial speculations on students’ envisioned architectural schools of thought, sharing and exchanging our experiences and results with students and faculty from Vienna.

2. Design Seminar: London
During our Design Seminar we will travel to London to experience new forms of architectural mediation as well as meeting and working with our research partners at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) among other institutions. See the Design Seminar description for more information.

3. La Biennale di Venezia
The student’s work will be included in a publication, event and performance part of the Salon Suisse 2016 on the opening day of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale, in Venice.