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Specialised Fields

19. June 2012

 

 
 
 

An extensive offering of specialised courses and facilities at the faculty allow students to gain advanced skills and first experiences in the practice of their future profession.

Students are supported by qualified practitioners who have been selectively appointed to serve as instructors in the programme. Depending on the focus of interest, the offerings span the range from building 1:1, be it product design prototypes (e.g., lighting fixtures) or temporary architectural structures, to topics such as graphic design and public relations for architects.

 

Building 1:1

Sustainability in architecture education

SKuOR | Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space

 
 
 
 
 
Sortieren der Kantbleche,Hochbau 2, Bauen 1:1
 
 
 

Building 1:1

 
 
 

The faculty offers students the unique opportunity to experiment with a variety of construction materials and tools, as well as to gain hands-on experience with different construction methods.

 

Several examples from different departments:

 
 
 

Department of Building Construction and Design

 
 
 

a research design study - the invertible cube "paul schatz würfel" as a module of an algorithmic growing topology, different opening conditions and assembly possibilities provide an experimental structure for the public space.

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www.hb2.tuwien.ac.at

 
 
 

Department of Housing Construction and Design

 
 
 

Since the year 2000, various projects have been implemented by students on a 1:1 scale as part of the design classes under the direction of Peter Fattinger at the Department of Housing and Design at the Vienna University of Technology: mobile kiosks, temporary accomodation for asylum seekers , accessible and usable installations in public urban space, community buildings in south african townships as well as rebuilding projects on the indonesian island Nias.

 

www.design-build.at

 
 
 

Department of History of Architecture

 
 
 

Prototypes of various construction systems and assembly techniques are regularly built at full scale at a specially equipped site in the Forest Eco-Center Sopron (Hungary).This allows students to intensify their relationship to and develop a deeper understanding of the role of craftsmanship in building construction.  

 

www.baugeschichte.tuwien.ac.at

 
 
 

Department of Spatial and Sustainable Design

 
 
 

Timber Tower 1:1

Students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the previous semester to further develop their design projects or translate them into full-scale prototypes. Key tasks of the design assignment included proposing a concrete site, client (user), and functional purpose for the tower, as well as employing wood as the principal material in an environmentally efficient and aesthetically effective way. The design studio was taught in cooperation with the Department of Structural Design and Timber Engineering (Institute of Architectural Sciences).

 

to the projects in the mediabase

www.raumgestaltung.tuwien.ac.at

 
 
 

Department 3D design and model building

 
 
 

Object and product design

New calculation methods and programmes are increasingly inspiring complex forms in architecture as well. Computer programmes facilitate the generation of such forms, but their quality can only be tested and assessed in the material reality of physical models. For ergonomic and manufacturing purposes, complexly curved shapes have regularly been employed in product design for some time now. This knowledge can be used by architects to develop, evaluate, and control freer architectural forms. Model dimensions allow all aspects of form and function to be treated in prototypes up to full scale. The objects are manufactured in the department, in part using computer controlled machines.

 

www.ddg.tuwien.ac.at

 

 
 
 

Sustainability in architecture education

 
 
 

The Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design increasingly places emphasis on planning processes incorporating resource management and ecology, in areas of teaching as well as research.  The main focus is on the soft factors of design, those beyond the basic concerns of construction technique and building physics.

Sustainability is treated not only in terms of construction methods, but also within a broader context encompassing social, cultural and economical factors.  The faculty’s professional experience in the area of ecological planning and research provides a foundation for the course teachings, which incorporates a comprehensive or total view towards design.  The topics cover content in all consecutive phases of planning, from the urban and constructive aspects to material implementation.

 

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European September Academy, Vienna, September 2009, copyrights: Sabine Knierbein
 
 
 

SKuOR | Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space

 
 

Founded in December 2008, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR), has committed itself to pursuing experimental and innovative approaches between spatial research and spatial planning, between theory and practice. The so-called City of Vienna Visiting Professorship which is offered to two professors working in a team for a year on a determined thematic focus is embedded into the SKuOR’s scholarly activities. In cooperation with the head of SKuOR, Dr. des. Sabine Knierbein, this team is dedicated at shaping an experimental-innovative teaching-curriculum as well as an explorative research program characterized by yearly changing foci.

 

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