Workshops and Experiments
The author Richard Sennett describes the sketch as the key to the materialisation of ideas. We encourage their development in workshops and experiments. The models and material experiments are, in our view, the tools to developing a finer sense of architectural / conceptual thinking.
They introduce the students to a greater understanding of the material studied and a basic insight to its many applications. Through discussion and technical demonstrations the students are informed on how to approach those materials in the construction of their own projects.
Glass: The workshop project is based on the transition from transparency through translucency to opacity using methods such as fusing, slumping and sanding. Using float glass (clear window glass) and the addition of colour paints the aim was to construct panels that create tonal variables through layering and cutting affects. A demonstration, involving a kiln (Brennofen), showed the basics of heat manipulation, distortion and surface affects.
The workshop in SS14 was led by the glass- artists, Rike Scholle and Eduard Deubzer, and SS10 by Scott Chaseling.
Good Climate: Here we fabricated the elements of our ideas in the form of full-scale prototypes and assembled them in different rooms of the Academy. We tested them with the aid of measuring instruments and surveys of the occupants. The prototype had to face the challenge of being just as finely built as they were imagined and planned.
Loulé, Algarve, Portugal
29 August to 4 September 2015
Workshop with the following Academic Partners
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
FAUP- Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
ISA - Instituto Superior Agronomia de Lisboa, Portugal
IUAV - Universita Iuav di Venezia, Italy
ETSAB – Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Espanha
PWR - Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
The city of Loulé provides an understanding of the process of settlement of the southwest part of Iberia – the Garb Al Andalusia. These hillside settlements provided good solar exposure to the south, easy access to water, to the most fertile and productive land, to the ocean and thus to the known world. The trade and production of rain fed crops, such as the figs, almonds & oranges were facilitated by easy sea routes to central and northern Europe. The rock salt mine of Loulé was first opened in the late 1850’s at 140 metres below ground level. The salt mined there was both used to conserve the products exported and was an export product itself. The task of this workshop was to propose new ideas and new uses for the rock salt mine which recognise its existing qualities, reveal new connections to the city and promote its further development.
The results were presented to the city in a public meeting. The reworked projects were subsequently exposed on public furniture in the city’s main thoroughfares. A book presenting the results of the Underscapes workshop and further reflections on the subjects studied will be published and available shortly.