Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, boasting buildings from more than ten different centuries. Its success lies in its outstanding ability to combine its diverse parts into one coherent whole.
This seems to be an almost lost quality in a contemporary architecture and in the projects of many architects. The popular quote from Rem Koolhaas ‘F*ck the context’ is being used by many students of architecture, without really understanding its proper meaning.
In this studio you’ll focus on learning different strategies to help you deal with the complicated context of building in cities like Prague. You will examine issues such as what to design, for whom to design, why you should design, or even if you should design at all. The semester will be divided into three different parts with public presentations at the end of each of them.
Ninety days is a very short time to get to to grips with a city as unique and complex as Prague. Almost everything will seem very unusual to the new visitor, particularly when coming from another continent.
For this reason we will not be operating a traditional studio where students are given a site, a brief, and a detailed building program with square footage. Instead you’ll be tasked with finding your own site and choosing the topic that most appeals to you. The only restriction is that you should be able to visit the site of your choice everyday, so it should be close to your accommodation.