This seminar, developed under the »Bauhaus Module«, aims to deal with the current social issues that are affecting society today. Taking into consideration the new social needs of society, such as mobility, changing lifestyles, etc. this course seeks to reconceptualize housing design in terms of modern needs
and from the perspectives of the students of Bauhaus University.
Dwelling relates to the act of living or inhabiting a building. It is closely related to the identity of the inhabitants since each inhabitant will infill his building according to his needs. The needs of inhabitants derive from their lifestyles which are never the same. They are never static as they change in terms of
social, economic and demographic factors. The course promotes a critical and reflective approach to the issue of housing, with an attempt to investigate the potentials of flexible housing and posit it as a solution to these societal issues. This course accommodates and addresses students from different
educational backgrounds and disciplines, including Architecture, Art, Urbanism, and Design. It will offer it is adherent to the possibility to get acquainted with the concept of flexibility and to consider it in the light of the latest developments in architecture and planning.
The course will consist of weekly interactive lecture sessions arranged in three parts. The first and second part is an introductory module that introduces students to the issue of flexibility, its history and exposing them to different housing projects. The second part discusses the different theories like,
´support and infill´J. Habraken, ´ polyvalence´ H.Herzberger, ´Indeterminacy´ C. Price, etc. In the third part, students will have a chance to make a presentation, showing their ideas and projects concerning the topic. Hence, each of the students will have to propose his / her idea about the future way of living.
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Lehrender: Ing.Arch. PhD Can. Blerim Lutolli
Due to the current situation with the virus (Covid 19) that has hit our city Weimar and many parts of the world badly, the seminar ''Lifestyle Changes and Flexible Housing'' will be based on the E-Learning method, available via the Moodle platform.
Our first meeting will take place on May 4th, 2020 starting in the early morning at 9:15 h. (Every Monday)
Each session will consist of two parts. In the first part, a short lecture is going to be given, while in the second part student's weekly tasks (given in the previous week) will be presented and discussed.
At the end of each weekly session, students are given a small task as homework. Hence, they will further increase their knowledge about the topic and thus get ready for the final task at the end of the semester. The final submission is going to be very flexible. It might be either, short essay, sketch, collage
video, or preferably mixed.
-Note that this is an elective course, where after successful completion each student gets 3 ECTS.
-Some of the literature, available for the participant students on this course will be uploaded in the moodle platform.