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Facts And Fictions — What Will Not Kill What

BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

Environments of and for Architectural Education II: The Library

Thus, to put it shortly, mankind has two books, two registers, two testaments: Architecture and Printing. ( . . . ) Printing will
destroy Architecture.

Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, Book V/ll, This Will Kill That, 1831

Future environments of or for architectural education will be fictitious and performative, one voice stated in the previous studio. And yet they will not be capable of eluding Thomas Pynchon’s assessment that »games, fairy-tales, legends from history, all the paraphernalia of make-believe can be adapted and even embodied in a physical place.« This might explain the ambiguous character of those manifold environments in which future architectural education will settle and perform — and somehow always has. We are interested in the processing of reality — and in the transcription of other, various, fantastic realities into the architectural realm and the built realm.

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Facts And Fictions — What Will Not Kill What


BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

Victor Hugo’s 19th century proclamation of the end of architecture refers to a debate about hegemony in the field of cultural expression, a battle between architecture and printing, between the building and the book, stone and paper. Today, the relationship between contemporary architecture and diverse forms of media is fluid and reciprocal rather than oppositional. We want to challenge this dynamic relationship, and we will inscribe it into the fabric and space of the contemporary city in the form of an anticipatory library of architecture. We consider Jorge Luis Borges’ model of the universe, the library of Babel, and we recall Michel Foucault’s notes on Persian gardens and carpets — these smallest parcels of the world that simultaneously represent the totality of the world. This endeavour is nothing short of ambitious: Imagine a future library as a liquid garden conceived with and represented through contemporary architectural means.
Sometimes »eternal truths« need to be cleared in order to confirm them in an altered world. We understand the task of Cultural Heritage as an influential transformative practice, as opposed to a duty of conservation.

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Facts And Fictions — What Will Not Kill What


BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

The studio is somehow the continuation of last semester’s topic Learning Architectures / Ambiguous Environments. Therefore, we affirm the call for a yet unknown change of paradigm in architectural practice and teaching, a call for intensified investigation of other spaces and thus of concepts of diversity and difference. It shall stand for a desirable future of architecture into which some of yesterday’s exceptions have already cast their shadows.

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