The product of the seminar is a project of pavilions, temporary structures situated at the chosen micro-location of future construction sites in BERLIN.
Placeholder = Pavilion
As an architectural typology, the pavilion is the most suitable object for testing new spatial and program concepts. It is an object that due to its dimensions, temporary structure and ephemeral character allows for realization of areas, spatial complexes and manners of their use that would be questionable with permanent objects.
Throughout the history, the pavilion is always a reflection of the Zeitgeist of a certain time period and seldom retrospective. With its spatial design and architectural effects, the pavilion always lights the way ahead, its experimental character the herald of development in architectural discipline..
Key questions of the design studio are:
– How can a grey, normally enclosed zone inside the city tissue, a ‘non-place’, become a new active public area?
– What should the temporary object in this area be like to forecast content and character of the future building?
– What should the object be like to offer a new spatial experience for the visitor and user, to encourage cooperation and social interaction?
– How can temporary objects generate a network of new public areas in the city?
Placeholders are forecasters of the future object at the select location. They are areas for socializing, games, new experiences, the showrooms for main public activities in the future object. Placeholders encourage cooperation and interaction between their visitors and users. Only through consistent analysis of social interactions between precisely determined psycho-social profile of users it is possible to break away and shift from the known and the tested, thus changing the typology.
Placeholders deal with architectural phenomenology: transparency, operativeness of form, permeability, orientation, boundaries … Placeholders deal with architectural effects, which generate a new experience to users, spectators, citizens. A placeholder thus creates a new destination. In such way it also affects the character of the proposed future building.
The work of »placeholder« design studio will be organized as an iterative process of directed analyses, definitive the program brief and the development of spatial concepts and prototypes that the goal will be a design in the forming of pavilions as temporary objects at the chosen locations. With the goal of controlling the creative process, a systematics of archiving research work will be established, where the project develops, without conceptual and formal predispositions regarding spatial solutions. This will be achieved with the method of simulative and communicative manner of presenting the architectural thought or individual footsteps of work in a clear graphic language.
The unification of structure, presentation of individual groups and accessibility of prepared information to all seminar participants will enable comparability and cross-evaluation of content development of individual projects. The decisions influencing the project are clearly labeled, trackable, which allows for variant searching of the most suitable architectural solution. A critical environment of a research laboratory will therefore created at the seminar, which inside a coherent structure give birth to specific projects which demanded a creative and self-initiative approach from the participants. The seminar thus becomes a production and communication platform.
11.10.2011 – approx. 5 pm – A 151 >> studio presentation
08.12. / 09.12.2011 >> mid-term review
16.2. / 17.2.2012 >> final review
1.3.2012 >> portfolio hand in and grading
// all dates are subject to changes
led by Guest professor Bostjan Vuga
course language: English
KVV extract – adip ws 201112 stegreif master.pdf