Dead Ringers

In the wake of Brexit and the current soul-searching inside the European continent about both the amplitude of its territory and the essence of its shared culture, the issue of the Commons appears even more urgent than ever. The everything-private dogma of late capitalism, endorsed by any post-Thatcher politics, seems to be close to a tipping point and the most probable output of the current state of things is not necessarily so appealing. As architects, we should engage with reality and look for solutions inside the boundaries of the discipline. A serious formal investigation on the nature and the possible vitality of the architectural production of the Commons seems to be no longer deferrable. Maybe, to focus on two specific moments, as the creation of the modern state infrastructure in the wake of the Enlightenment and the reconstruction of the welfare state during the post World War II period, suddenly looks like a reasonable track.
Furthermore, in these eco-conscious times and if we accept the evidence that public money will never be abundant again, the architecture we should try to produce should definitely focus on its economy of means and it should be able to last, even formally. No more 20 years cycles for returning a real estate investment. No more 5 years cycles for reinventing fashion in architectural taste. As such, confronting with the classic seems to be unavoidable, even considering its necessary troublesome nature.
What we propose here, spanning two semesters and a cycle of seminars, is a formal investigation on the production of four architects, linking Germany to Italy, the Enlightenment to the post-war period. Eiermann, Fuga, Grassi and Schinkel as Dead Ringers (Faux Semblants) of possible appropriations of the Classic. A set of meaningful projects to answer the contemporary need for Commons will hopefully spin-off from this investigation, ideally composing an informal accumulation of formal knowledge to tackle once again the role of public architecture into the seemingly dissolving European space.
The structure of the course will comprise an initial seminar on the architects mentioned above, tackled as couples. A trip to Berlin and Pomerania and another one to Naples and its countryside are planned during the two semesters. Which kind of buildings we are going to design and where is an integral part of the collective research we want to pursue with the students: as such, nothing is pre-determined. 
Please contact the IRGE office if you are interested

mittwochs und donnerstags , ab10:00 Uhr (ganztags)

Mittwoch, 12.04.17,  Uhr siehe Aushang

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Nr./ Fach lt. Studienplan/ Prüfungsnr.
B3.1 Entwurf Hochbau im int. Kontext 22551
B5.1 Entwurf Hochbau 22571
Nr./ Fach lt. Studienplan/ Prüfungsnr.
B3.1 Entwurf Hochbau im int. Kontext 49171
B5.1 Entwurf Hochbau 49201
48060 Entwurf
max. Teilnehmeranzahl
Art/Umfang der Prüfung
studienbegleitend, Präsentation zum Semesterende
Gast-Prof. A. Zanderigo