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GENEVA UNBUILT seminar week
16.03. – 23.03.2019
An investigative journey constitutes the core of the project. Travelling through the territory, we will explore the gardens of Geneva, experiencing their complexity and beauty. Gardeners will guide us on curated walks through the city, boat trips and hikes, followed by workshop sessions with guest tutors, experts and fellow students. Extensive field research is a prerequisite for the students’ projects. The interaction with local experts, inhabitants and farmers as well as portraying the site in ethnographic sketches and photographs are key to a meaningful portrait of the territory. During the seminar week students will have time to investigate their project sites and collect material from archives and expert interviews. Participation is obligatory for all studio members; we offer additional places for external student.

Geneva Unbuilt is part of a collaborative territorial design project “Greater Geneva and the Land. Property Ecology, Identity” being developed with University of Luxembourg Master in Architecture program and Raumbureau A+U, in the framework of the “Greater Geneva Consultation” coordinated and supported by Foundation Braillard. The seminarweek will be conducted together with students from Luxembourg.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN INTEGRATED SEMINAR WEEK.

DETAILS
16th – 23rd of March 2019
Cost frame B (max. 500 CHF)
18 Places for studio members (integrated seminar week)
+ additional students (please contact via email)

CONTACT
Ferdinand Pappenheim
pappenheim@arch.ethz.ch
BEOGRAD UNBUILT seminar week (2/2)
20.10. – 27.10.2018
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC LANDSCAPE—BEOGRAD UNBUILT continues its focus on the urban body formed by Belgrade’s many green islands and large open spaces enclosed within the built fabric.

The investigative journey during the seminar week constitutes the core of the research and design semester BEOGRAD UNBUILT. Traveling through the territory, we experienced its complexity and beauty. Our journey entailed curated walks, bike rides, boat trips and hikes, guided by local experts and collaborators of the project.
We looked for traces, collected materials, interviews, and photographs, using hand drawings as an analytical and speculative tool. Our journey was followed by workshop sessions in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry at Belgrade University.

20.10 – Day 1
NEW BELGRADE.

21.10 – Day 2
OLD BELGRADE.

22.10. — Day 3
INFORMAL BELGRADE AND THRID BELGRADE.

23.10.–Day 4
BELGRADE ON WATER.

24.-27.10. – Day 5-8
Individual site explorations and common workshop at the Belgrade Faculty of Architecture.

We would like to thank all collaborators and experts for supporting our research and guiding us through the city of Belgrade! Special thanks to the University of Belgrade FACULTY OF FORESTRY Dragana Ćorović, Andreja Tutundžić, Marina Vukin, Mirijana Tešić, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE Ana Nikesić, Pavle Stamenović, Branko Pavić, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE Ružica Stričević, to SERBIA FOREST BELGRADE Goran Dražić, Andgelika Janković, to MINISTRY OF SPACE Iva Čukić, to CENTRE FOR CULTURAL DECONTAMINATION Ljubica Slavković, to NE DAVIMO BEOGRAD Ksenija Radovanović, and to Dušan Ćavić, Dušan Šaponja, Davor Ereš, Nebojša Milikić, Petar Matunović, Srdjan Stanković, Danilo Ćurčić and Vladimir Miladinović.
BEOGRAD UNBUILT seminar week (1/2)
17.03. – 24.03.2018
An investigative journey constituted the core of the research and design semester BEOGRAD UNBUILT. Travelling through the territory, we experienced its complexity and beauty. Our journey entailed curated walks through the city, boat trips and hikes followed by workshop sessions in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry at Belgrade University.

17.03 – Day 1
New Belgrade and Sava River embankments.

18.03 – Day 2
The urban forests Kosutnjak & Topčider.

19.03. — Day 3
Avala Mountain & Karaburma informal housing.

20.03.–Day 4
Great War Island and Third Belgrade.

21.-24.03. – Day 5-8
Common workshop at the Belgrade Faculty of Architecture & individual research.

We would like to thank all collaborators and experts for guiding us through the city of Belgrade!
COMMUNES AND COMMONS: TOUR DU LAC LEMAN
20.03—25.03.17
High autonomy, traditions of collective management of resources and of common property, but also high inertia to urban transformation and changes of all kinds make the Swiss commune a unique and fascinating case in the European frame. Setting the fine structures of the communes and the commons in the centre of our interest, during the seminar week we will explore a range of cases in Switzerland and in France. In these concrete and paradigmatic landscapes, we will learn about their histories and traditions (from winemaking to watchmaking); we will observe their present urban transformations (through migration or heritage protection for example); and, we will map their attributes and potentials which will form basis of our territorial and architectonic projects.

This investigative journey constitutes the core of the project. Travelling through the territory, we will experience its complexity and beauty.

20.03 – Day 1
Lavaux UNESCO vineyards. Alpine Val d’Abondance.21.03 – Day 2
Evian, water region. Campagne Genevoise. Le Lignon.

22.03 – Day 3
L’autre Geneve. CERN!. Arc lemanique, the gold coast.

23.03 – Day 4
Watchmaking valley of Le Chenit, Jura. Start of individual expeditions.

24.03 – Day 5
Individual expeditions.

25.03 – Day 6
Individual expeditions.
JOURNEY TO ARCADIA
11.02—22.02.2016
Arcadia is one of the most enduring utopias of the western mind. As an imaginary locus and a pictorial style, Arcadia originated in the pastoral scenery of Roman poets Ovid and Virgil, from where it spread throughout western painting and literature. The imaginary realm of Arcadia, where human beings, animals, and plants harmoniously coexist, remains one of the most powerful idyllic constructions of the countryside.

An investigative journey to Arcadia and Peloponnese constitutes the core of Architecture of Territory first project on the European Countryside. Travelling along the territorial line that crosses the Peloponnese from Epidaurus to Olympia and from east to west coast, we will experience the region’s complexity and beauty.

Extensive field research is a prerequisite for the students’ projects. The interaction with local experts as well as the faculty and students of the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, will enable a close view of the territory. The journey takes place from March 11—20, 2016.

Seven days
Arcadian villages
Classical ruins
Mystical river
Olive orchards
Summer homes
Football fields with a view
and more
STRAITS OF SINGAPORE AND ARCHIPELAGO
07.10—17.10.2014
The coastline of Singapore, Johor and Riau Archipelago, surrounding the Straits of Singapore and the Straits of Johor, is occupied by port terminals, industrial facilities, security installations and gated estates. Through the extensive industrial development of the waterfront since the 1960s, the cities and urban centres in this region have effectively withdrawn from the coast. The sea has become an urban frontier and as a result, the frontier of public interest and imagination.
Multiple ways of looking at the complexity and beauty reveal while moving through the region by sea and on land, placing the sea back in its centre.

5 days
10 different boats
22 islands
3700 km on the sea
HONG KONG SHENZHEN
15.04—20.04.2012
In many ways, the linked growth of Singapore and its neighboring cities, Batam and Johor, brings to mind Hong Kong and Shenzhen some years earlier. In 1979 Shenzhen, then a fishing village, was declared China’s first special economic zone, and grew rapidly, serving as Hong Kong’s productive hinterland. Today however, the roles are changing. Going from Hong Kong’s vertical factories to Shenzhen’s urban villages, we were searching for the sites and the stories of the twin cities.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Special thanks to Ass Prof Hendrik Tieben for showing us Hong Kong’s terrace houses, to Prof Gordon Mathews for the walk through the backstage of Chunking Mansions, to Dr. Max Hirsh for the tour of Hong Kong’s airport infrastructures, to Mary Ann O’Donnell for the drive through Shenzhen’s productive hinterlands, to Ass Prof Joshua Bolchover for envisioning a section through Hong Kong, and to Tammy Wong and Chen Ting for their help and for travelling together.