Playfulness: The irony, the comical, the grotesque and the marvel, the fantastic, the joke, the gimmickry, and the absurd transformation of things. These are going to be the keywords accompanying us throughout this year’s Bachelor studio at architectural theory. Using those concepts and their performative functions, we want to bridge certain conceptual and socio-cultural ideas with architecture. We will use them as tools to undermine stereotypes, develop ideas, and think about architecture as a discipline that produces cultural values, allowing the production of surreal, comedic and ironic realities. Furthermore, we are looking for a way to escape from certain limitations and single-sided forms of representation to produce very individual forms of critique.

Gasploitative Architecture / Carina Prem & Anna-Maria Rödig

Wherever you look, you can find gaps – gaps between reality and human perception. It is the gap between knowledge and reality. But these gaps are not only pain, but also pleasure and it is extremely interesting to exploit these gaps.

Futura / Lisa Dinser & Nicole Stecher

In our work, we start with the gaining popularity of metaphors in architecture. Especially in our ever faster time and the strong technical progress in our industry, metaphors seem to become more and more important. But how exactly are metaphors already being used and what potential do they hold for us as architects?

Architectural Disco / Ines Beikircher & Thomas Gallagher

“Remix” as defined by Mirriam-Webster dictionary is “a variant of an original recording (as of a song)  made by rearranging or adding to the original.” We have more information today than ever before because of the emergence of the internet.

Awkitecture / Jonas Maria Mertens

Most urban fellows dream of owning their own handsome countryside haven, like Awki’s weekend hideaway featured in last month’s issue; Mr. Ward and Mrs. Awk actually built such  a dream house and this picture story of a housewarming party gives some indications of the fun  that is to be had in such a surroundings.

Kitsch, Inclusivity and Kids / Hanna Panschar, Leticia Lordes Pontin, Mariana Derias

In this book, we will show our process of research and Participatory Design with kids through Kitsch and how it can help to make architecture more inclusive. We begin with readings on Irony and Postmodern Architecture, Irony, or, the Self-Critical Opacity of Postmodern Architecture, from Emmanuel Petit, where he tries to find the relation between […]

Ansichtssache / Viktoria Hortenhuber & Daniel Kröss

Rules are made to be broken. Artists have made a name for themselves by going against conformities and doing things that nobody has dared before. Perspective has always been a tool for artists to comment and break conventions.

Meta-Shanzai / Ayrton de la Hamette & Thibault Pepin

In the history of mankind, a surge of true geniuses in certain periods of time is responsible for the evolution in  science, medicine, art and other academic practices to the state that they find  themselves in today.