Germany, Weimar

Breakup - Envisioning an Alternative Architecture

when 7 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 600

The places we live in are socially, politically and culturally determined; and so is the way we think about and practice architecture. This does not only pertain to the legal aspect of architectural design development where laws and regulations play a dominant role, but more importantly, they limit the creative phase. This essential stage, when we imagine, explore and grow, is too often stunted by the imposed moral, socio-political and legal boundaries. The result is perpetual reproduction of the closed economy, predicated on utility, production, growth and consumption.

The question is how can we challenge this closed structure and engage in imagining alternative architecture?

In a global world, marginal spaces become the places for experiment - interim, alternative, temporary, illegal, creative, unassimilated, transgressive, unordered and irrational - and exactly these architectural and urban ruptures are the key to answering this question.

In the first, theoretical part, we will explore the imposed limits of the self and culture, and their manifestation in architecture, through the works of Rem Koolhaas, Edward Soja, Michel Foucault, and Alain Badiou. Then, inspired and challenged by the theoretical concepts, we will travel to Berlin, a city of constant tension between global order and local ruptures, to search and explore the places of an alternative architecture.

Finally, upon return, we will start producing. The exercises will include producing experimental models, whose purpose is to translate the intangible - like ideas, inspiration, impressions, etc. - into a tangible spatial model. This in-between step method will create a creative path to a final proposal for a location in Weimar. The goal of this final architectural design or intervention is to address the introduced issues or ruptures and serve as a platform for a discussion. According to the motto “thinking out of the box” the participants decide for themselves – during the course and with the help of the lecturers – what the final product of the course will be.

The goal of the seminar is to encourage you to think differently about the meanings and potentials of architectural objects in a highly political context, and to offer you the skills how to do it.

Course leader

Predrag Bilinac & Srdjan Mandić

Target group

The course is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the fields of architecture, urban studies, art, media, urban planning, sociology, geography and related fields.

Fee info

EUR 600: 2 weeks | 90 hrs

The course fee is 600 EUR.

The course fee includes:
programme according to description
teaching materials
Bauhaus Summer School ID card
Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
free use of library
accompanying programme (except excursions)
free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 450: The course fee for students and alumni is 450 EUR.