In a limited-scale task, students in Design 1 are taught the basic skills of city-based architectural design. In the first urban planning assignment, the focus of the teaching module is on dealing with functional and spatial programs, the relationship to the structural and landscape context, and the conceptual materialization and construction of the design. The students get to know urban planning analysis and design tools. Analytical thinking in space and the argumentation of the design are communicated on the basis of the design task. It is essential to be able to develop one's own spatial idea, to justify it and to present it with the appropriate means. Independent as well as collective thinking and acting should be encouraged.

Design 1

Small and medium-sized rural communities are often affected by out-migration, apprenticeship and desertification of the local centres, also known as the "doughnut effect". With our E1 task Urban Catalyst Fab Lab Weiz we will design an urban Fab Lab with co-working space and gastronomy. We will develop our strategies and concepts from the local conditions and learn to work with the specific environment and to think out of context.
We want to investigate what added value a creative space at an important traffic point in the town centre can bring besides its educational function. Creative programmes and hybrid use concepts could serve to enhance the entire school environment and bring more frequency and liveliness to the centre of Weiz.
How could topics of social justice, resource conservation and climate protection be taken up in order to find a sustainable and robust spatial solution? We will first get to know the urban planning analysis and from the formulation of a conceptual idea we will design an object that is site-specifically and sensitively inserted into its spatial and social context.

Prof. Degros Aglaée / Nicole Kirchberger / Radostina Radulova-Stahmer

01.10.2020, 8.30 a.m., online

01.10.2020, 1.00 p.m.