Studio Urban Strategies

Studies

  • expectations from the graduates comprise active co-operation (bachelor study programme), respectively active leadership (master study programme) of multilateral creative dialogue initiating their future professional activity (lifelong learning), emphasis will be placed on the following aspects
  • the exceeding of architectural design into urban, landscape or environmental fields
  • developing critical thinking, interdisciplinarity and teamwork
  • more intensive co-operation with new analytical, computing and fabrication tools
  • academic ground as a speculative interface between contemporary options and current practice,
  • teaching responsive to current topics challenging trending practices and testing new ones
  • strategies and methods leading to them
  • the emphasis on the openness of studio work beyond the boundary of the academic institution, the extension of the studio and its ongoing research into the public space, and an active approach to the interest of the professional and lay public in school events (regular guests, lectures, exhibiting and publishing, field research, excursions...)
  • development of long-term comprehensive research in cooperation with other institutions and organizations

Theses

  • the city as a major inspirational resource for architectural work of the second half of the 20th century (The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Learning from Las Vegas, Delirious New York) is experiencing another flourish at the beginning of the new millennium
  • in the time of information technology, the city represents more than just a physically shared space, it is a massive package of data that allows detailed insight and quantification of its continual transformation
  • the majority of the world's population lives in non-masterplan settlements (so-called unplanned or otherwise planned settlements) that are built on complex systems; analysis and inclusion of their self-planning or self-organizing principles into urban strategies is a major challenge for city planning and designing in the 21st century
  • the question is not how to create diversity in the city, but how to further develop and update its diversity already existing; instead of suppressing the seemingly chaotic aspects of places from the top (top-down), their attentive study is needed, revealing rather overlooked relationships and bottom-up linkages
  • the complexity of natural phenomena is by its nature open, in a complex context, static forms are also part of dynamic formations, their development requires the implementation of algorithmic thinking and the acquisition of related fractal geometries, generative processes and emerging phenomena
  • postdigital paradox: with non-linear computational design, we get similar results as through our own user interactions with the environment, the boundaries between living and inanimate forms become narrower, this natural and artificial hybridization opens new possibilities for the coexistence of human and technological tools, not in the sense of the imitation of disappearing natural methods, but through the formation of other paths leading to similarly natural results

Tasks

  • the studio work will focus on finding new bottom-up methods that would enrich the contemporary top-down design and planning with strategies complexly evolving diversity of the urban structure
  • urban systems that display certain features, properties and criteria for self-planning and self-organization: unplanned settlements (temporary settlements and slums), desire lines or unregulated development (gray zones, uncontrolled horizontal and vertical expansions of cities)
  • the subject of the assignment will be their analysis, classification and re-interpretation in the design or planning process through contemporary analytical, computational and displaying tools and methods