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THE NATURAL AND THE DESIGNED

Critical Environments lll / Exchange l

MArch Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel

The Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage (ESC) master studio is held in cooperation with the Geography Landscape Cities (GLC) master studio. Hannes Stiefel in dialogue with Kathrin Aste.
 
The only justification for sacrificing an animal is to cook it well. (Raimund Abraham)

1 I recall Marguerite Duras speaking about the sublime desert of an immigrant ground at the sight of the bleak hills of Beauce. She says: Astonishing, how the earth wants to invert its structure. Everywhere. That its inside now becomes reciprocally its outside… You find yourself in an as yet hardly visible motion that has just begun. This revolving motion seems to have accelerated over the years, and it may be worthwhile to investigate the role of architecture in the process.

2 What sort of forces are at work here?

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THE NATURAL AND THE DESIGNED

Critical Environments lll / Exchange l

MArch Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel

3 We ask about the function of architecture within and beyond our societies. We anticipate a project’s impact on the various environments involved and their reciprocities.

4 In fact, the notion of static ground fell apart a long time ago. What’s the relationship between ground and site? Where does a site start and where does it end, and how is it formed and settled in space and time? Vastly extended, vertical and horizontal sections trough a particular place may trigger a discussion about the tremendously varying scales of nature (and nature of scales) that impact and define our designed environments – and vice versa.

5 We process reality.

6 We no longer design individual buildings. We design processes and structures that reflect and convert the dynamic interplay of those natural and human forces that shape the constructions of the crust of the earth.


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THE NATURAL AND THE DESIGNED

Critical Environments lll / Exchange l

MArch Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel

7 From Learning Architectures we’ve learnt that education cannot be awarded, but must instead be seized.

8 We understand the formulation and development of a project’s basic mission as a question of design.

9 In architecture, questions of design are questions of space.

10 We study relational spaces, we design sites in the form of topographical, architectural and urban structures, and we construct their poetic condition.

11 The studio structure experimentally explores new relationships and linkages across platforms.

 

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