The objective of the IP “Structural Architectures – Geometry, Code and Design” is to acquaint the students with structural thinking as method for designing architecture. They learn to formulate rules on the basis of mathematical /geometric /physical /functional structures. These rules are translated in spatial configurations and relationships between elements. The design project will be developed out of the rules. The students get aware of useable codes for representing the structures with the help of analogue and digital tools. Learning and teaching will be experienced in mutual processes between students and professors in multidisciplinary and international teams.
The four participating universities Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universidad CEU San Pablo Madrid (Spain), ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and TU Kaiserslautern (Germany) will prepare and carry out the IP jointly for their students of Architecture. The IP will target students with basic knowledge in Geometry, Graphics, Structural and Architectural Design as well as Computer-Aided Architectural Design during their forth year of studies or later (BA, MA or Diploma).
Students work mainly in small international groups. The professors make introductory lectures and conduct workshops dealing with a special issue in theory and practice. The working process of the students will be accompanied by short presentations, discussions and proposals in various steps. Excursion to relevant architectural projects support the work in order to encourage structure recognition by analysing realized architecture. Finally the results will be presented, discussed and evaluated in the whole group of students and professors and shown in a public exhibition.
The projects will be presented in drawings, sketches, images, and models at the end of the IP in the final forum and a public exhibition. The exhibition will be shown at each partner university. The students work out their projects for a documentation. The results will be presented on a website and published in a booklet.
The participants learn how to cooperate in a multidisciplinary and international group for a joined project. The students learn how to use and formulate precisely rules for architectural design, to transfer them in codes for their representation and to apply them with analogue and digital tools in the design processes. The students learn to use digital design methods in order to investigate patterns of organization in space and the architectural utilization of these patterns by means of parametric and geometric variation. The students and teachers learn to use effectively ICT-based tools in the communication processes, especially before and after the summer school.