5210065: Advanced Studio Upcycling: This could be: New life for “closed” churches in Venice (e)

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Semester:WS 21/22
Scheduled in semester:4-5
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:242.0 L / 181.5 h
Self-directed study time:448.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)


MASTER (please switch the language to German to see the description for Bachelor students):

  • Architectural design with specific task related to the theme Upcycling in the context of the relevant parameters for the implementation of the task.
  • The Integration of topics are dealt with in the design task by being directly accompanied by specialist lecturers from the subject field.
  • Process-oriented approach in the analysis of the task and the development of innovative concepts.
  • Examination of current questions from the field.
  • Advanced knowledge of structural, technological and sociocultural challenges related to reuse and upcycling.
  • Advanced knowledge of building regulations and economic parameters.

The essence of Upcycling consists of the recording, evaluation and qualitative development and upgrading of existing architecture and urban structures.
The history of building has always been the history of recycling and renewal. In times of structural changes material legacies can be found everywhere within areas of settlement. The use, rediscovery and qualitative development of the existing is no longer a question of ideology, but of resources, economy, spatial and constructive qualities of architecture and urban planning.


    • Execute complex defined and self-defined projects of research, development or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.
    • Develop an architectural idea into a sustainable proposal, carefully taking into consideration the project's historical, theoretical, environmental (ecological), cultural, economic and social context.
    • Communicate and articulate ideas and information fluently in English language and work comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms.
    • Make formal presentations about specialist topics to informed and general/ community audiences.
    • Exercise autonomy and initiative in carrying out set project briefs and self-directed programmes of study.
    • Demonstrate ability to manage time and physical resources in relation to set project briefs and self-directed programmes of study as an individual and a group member.
    • Deal with complex ethical and professional issues.
    • Show confidence in analysing case studies and the ability to infer principles and motivations.
    • Apply a variety of design- and research methods and visualisation techniques
    • Have knowledge of scientific or artistic methods within an interdisciplinary context
    • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
    • Understand how to work with confidence in the complex organisational and community settings within which the applied methods and design processes are typically deployed.
    • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, experiments, presentations etc.
    • Assess own work and put it into a historical, theoretical and social context.
    • Gain confidence in own role and the persuasive and accountable manner in which it is expected to be performed.

Lectures Method

design studio, design seminar, exercises, experiment, research, writing, visualising, modelling, presenting, case study


please see studio brief (PDF attached)


if taught in German, a German language certificate level C1 needs to be provided

Exam Modalities

midterm and final reviews, participation, integration, portfolio
minimum 75% mandatory presence; continuous assessment;


  • PAR MA 19_Advanced Studio Upcycling: This could be: New life for "closed" churches in Venice (e) (WS 21/22, in Bewertung)