Design Studios

Architecture of Territory investigates phenomena and processes of urban transformation of contemporary territories. This approach comprises a shift of interest from cities to broader territorial frames, and to what was once considered the non-urban realm or the city’s “constitutive outside”: the city’s hinterlands, “rural” countrysides and “nature”, including alpine zones, jungles, deserts and oceans.

At present even remote spaces and landscapes are pulled into the vortex of urbanisation; the urban condition is omnipresent. Throughout the 20th century, this expanded field of urbanisation has continued to challenge the disciplines of architecture and urbanism to rescale and expand their concepts, methods and approaches beyond urban centres and concentrated urban agglomerations. What could be architect’s roles in understanding, describing, and designing contemporary urban territories?