Courses for the Master I fall semester 2017/18

ATECVO – Structure Form Space Lecture I Master – 1. Semester
The course discusses the interrelations of structure, form and space with the aid of actual architecture projects. The aim is also to evaluate the final design by assessing structure, form or space. Is there truth in construction? How much fake can the viewer stand?

STUDIOUE – Integral Design Studio Practical I Master – 1. 2. Semester
Design work on the master’s degree course takes place in the spacious, organisational form of a studio, in which concentrated work that is in line with real practice is possible with others in a close exchange of ideas. The tasks assigned to the studio range from criteria for the urban landscape, the developed cultural landscape, the region and the city through individual types of buildings, to the details of construction, interpretation and space. Designs for objects and spaces – which have been integrally thought out – are connected with their positions in the ongoing social process of change; that is to say, connected with design suggestions for change through time. The integrating teaching of design thus includes the awareness and reflection of the interdisciplinary, basic principles and interrelationships of architecture’s broader spectrum. The mediation of an integrative understanding of forward-looking ideas and task assignments is based on the principles learned on the bachelor’s degree, both as far as content and creativity are concerned. The integrative teaching with its cross-disciplinary character opens up to the students a forward-looking area of action for practice and theory in the broader field of architecture. The combination of project work and optional subjects that fit in with this contents-wise enable individual students to consolidate their specific specialist area within the context of their studies.
CMESE – Construction material experiments I Master – Elective subject

In this course, students will deal with research and construction in full-scale mode with respect to new and, above all, to “undefined construction materials”.

MaTSE – Material and Technology I Master – Elective subject

The decision to use a certain material in architecture is greatly dependent on the respective properties of the material and their advantages (and disadvantages) in view of their planned use. Here, the interaction between material and technology is a central issue. Based on examples to be analysed, awareness will be raised as to what may influence material choice and which technologies are used in the process. The aim is to seek alternatives both in terms of the material and applied technologies.

MTSE – Materialisation I Master – Elective subject

Course students are required to investigate the constructive and material formulation with regard to the design approach and architectural language. In the process, individual design elements will be elaborated which form a whole owing to their concurrence and architectural perception.
LTSE – Low-tech architecture I Master – Elective subject
This course will concentrate on studying concepts and construction philosophies that consciously do without technology in architecture and in which architectural formulations are developed from technology. New relationships are sought that will allow for easy functionality, manufacture, operation and maintenance as well as robustness. This seemingly simple technology is the result of a complex thinking process that embraces all phases of a project. Based on examples that will be elaborated, awareness is raised for the complexity of architecture in comparison to low-tech concepts, which will also be conceptualised.
KuESE – Construction and design I Master – Elective subject
This course focuses on the interface between design and construction. It will investigate and utilise possibilities of constructive implementation of concrete design aspects as well as the potential aesthetic value of materials and construction methods.
STSE – System Technologies I Master – Elective subject

This course takes a closer look at designs and buildings on various different scales whose basic concept is a systematic one. It is aimed to elaborate connections between construction principles and structural-systematic approaches to building design.
TyCoSE – Typology and Context I Master – Elective subject

The course involves analysing the structure of different building typologies and their interaction in the context of time and place. Specific parameters are elaborated in connection with the requirements they need to fulfil and classified as characteristic groups. After that, possibly new combinations are developed in relation to various different scenarios.
DBSE – Design and Build I Master – Elective subject
This course provides students with the opportunity to combine theory and practice, to learn about planning and realisation and to become familiar with materials used in architectural processes. Students will present their own design, which will be assessed with respect to its utilisability and its manual/technical practicability. Producing their own work will ensure that students acquire a conscious attitude towards the materials used.
PMVU – Project management I Master –
Elective subject

In the building trade, project management combines project management and project steering. It involves the co-ordination of all necessary planning and construction processes required for the realisation of a building. Important task areas of project management include general project management basics and the core tasks of building project management: development of the project structure, project organisation, project communication, scheduling, cost management, quality and contract management.