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Topics and contents of the design studios for the semesters AS 2017, SS 2018, AS 2018

The "Programme Master in Architecture" for the next three semesters has recently been published for the first time.The program reveals the topics and contents of the design studios for the Autumn Semester 2017, Spring Semester 2018 and Autumn Semester 2018.

Master in Architecture -
Focus area Architecture & Wood
Master in Architecture -
Focus Area Architecture & Areal

Space and system

The precise positioning of timber constructions into the context lends a unique identity to the Ländte district in Biel.

Large scale timber structures
Semester | Autumn 2017 

Studio | Our interest in the transformation of the Ländte district in Biel will focus on large scale structures and experimental constructions in timber. We seek to achieve high structural and social density, and to create new spaces, adequate forms of housing and distinct atmospheres of districts, using digital planning and production methods.
Location | District between BFH-Campus, railway station and the lakeside promenade in Biel.

Space and infrastructure

Transformation of the “forgotten” residential district at the Zihlkanal in Biel into a link between city and lake

Biel – City by the lake?
Semester | Autumn 2017 

Studio | The area between Biel’s railway station and the lakeside will be developed within the next 20 years into a new urban district. It will include the BFH-Campus, the Inno-Campus and Agglolac district. What chances does this starting point in urban development offer for an integration of the Ländte district into the urban fabric?
Location | 27 plots between the new BFH-Campus, the railway station and the lakeside promenade in Biel.

Construction and craft

Usage of urban space for affordable living space. E.g. in the Lorraine-Breitenrain district in Bern

Densification: Modulor and Modular
Semester | Spring 2018 

Studio | Bern’s urban districts reflect many diverse traditional skills and crafts, in stone and wood. For the studio, we will seek new ways for constructive designs with timber. In the Lorraine-Breitenrain district, for example, we will use brownfields and in-between spaces to create affordable living and working spaces. The designs will be tested and built using 1:1-prototypes – analogically crafted as well as digitally constructed.
Location | Urban district(s) in Bern, e. g. Lorraine-Breitenrain.

Site development

Bern is growing dynamically, is green and networked, the population lives in districts. The urban development concept (STEK) 2016 makes a mark, it opens up boundaries and provides flexibility.

Restructuring and densification in Bern
Semester | Spring 2018 

Studio | Bern’s urban development concept STEK 2016 defines comprehensive territorial developments with construction sites. Thus for example, the traffic area Eigerstrasse shows great potential for a redevelopment into an attractive urban space. Right at its centre, the area of the Bernmobil Depot and garages act as catalyst.
Location | Urban district(s) in Bern, e. g. corridor of the Eigerstrasse including the area of Bernmobil.

Construction in the built environment

Constructing in the Alps, in the context of provincial towns, in comparison to constructing in the Himalayas

Learning from...?
Semester | Autumn 2018 

Studio | Following on from the examination of revitalising the village centres in Goms/VS (AS 2016), we will focus on small-town structures in den Bernese Alps. How might insights from architectural-cultural analysis be interpreted and implemented? What are possible contributions from comparative studies originating in other mountain regions such as the Himalayas? “Learning from...” as strategies and projects for alpine towns.
Location | Provincial town in the Bernese Alps and comparative studies from the Himalayas.

Construction in the built environment

Dealing with the unique inner logic of the fabric of a provincial town 

Inferno as opportunity 
Semester | Autumn 2018 

Studio | The involuntary gap appearing in an intact system leads to an exploration of various topics such as monument preservation, economics and culture. Starting with that which is still present and the significance what has already disappeared, we will pursue answers to the key issues of how to adequately repair the urban fabric: reconstruction, reinterpretation or entirely new starting point?
Location | | Provincial town in rural Switzerland, e.g. Gruyères.


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