Sol Lewitt Drawing

Intuitive Trajectories - Keeping Up with the Bauhaus | BArch 1 Studio


Christina Condak | Daniela Herold

To experiment is at first more valuable than to produce; free play in the beginning develops courage. Therefore, we do not begin with theoretical introductions; we start directly with material (…). Josef Albers

The Bauhaus developed a foundation semester to teach design as a creative cross-discipline and through special training. Experimenting with materials and techniques, they thought it possible to judge the student’s aptitude for the study of architecture. Centre to the discussion of design was the concept of space, what it is and how to give it form. This search for something new lead to the invention of analytic exercises that are still the basis of our architecture education today.

This year, our concept for the first semester, is not to copy the Bauhaus foundation course, but to consciously create a studio that encourages an intuitive thinking-through-making process. By setting off small exercise-probes as starting points, either with materials, objects, or abstract images, the students create their own trajectories of spatial investigations.



Intuitive Trajectories - Keeping Up with the Bauhaus | BArch 1 Studio

The work is guided by training in constructive thinking and transcriptions with media, i.e., drawing, print making, model making, casting, collage, photography, and wall drawing. The students will experience a process that gives them a feeling for design without a project. We will trace some of the original exercises of Josef Albers, Moholy-Nagy, Kandinsky, and Klee, exploring the essential lessons.
In order to achieve this open approach to design thinking, the studio, although very structured in its specific tasks, begins without any apparent aim, encouraging an artistic approach to look at the world and loosen any convictions about what we think architecture can be. Over the course of the semester, our spatial constructions will be confronted with issues and influences of an environment, i.e., with gravity or without gravity, or bright light and darkness, air movement or stillness. This will introduce the notion of a site and a space that arises in response to environmental conditions.