Studio 1E The Architecture of the City is a building design studio where we work in the span between building and urban building scale: in the urban ‘in-between’ that avoids a sharp distinction between building and city.
The world’s cities are growing. More and more people are moving to the cities, which are being expanded and densified. Urban densification is a key tool in the ambition for a more sustainable society. There is a need for architects who understand the city as a spatial and built phenomenon, architects who know the city’s typologies and structures, and who can contribute to our cities’ ongoing transformation both intelligently and empathetically.
At Studio 1E The Architecture of the City, we concentrate on current issues, but we do not necessarily approach them in conventional ways.
Both the physical model, the analogue drawing and digital tools will be used, and we believe in the value of combining the analogue and the digital tools.
It is important for us to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in the study situation and emphasize the exploratory and experimental. At Studio 1E City Architecture, we emphasise that the individual student is given space to develop his or her academic methods and interests.
Studio 1E The Architecture of the City belongs to program 1, and we work with transformation in a double sense:
- firstly, as the urban transformation that takes place when something new is added in an existing context
- secondly, by considering the practice of architecture as an ongoing transformation of already existing spatial concepts, typologies, and architectural motifs.
We consider the architecture that already exists as a gigantic reservoir of knowledge about what architecture can be and become: a knowledge that can be used actively in the form of redrawings and reinterpretations. Just as physical buildings can be reused and reprogrammed, new projects can be created by reusing and reprogramming existing spatial concepts and motifs.
Structure and assignments
The study is organised around three semesters, structured around three key themes:
THE PUBLIC BUILDING and its adjacent urban spaces
THE CITY’S SPACES and the defining mass of buildings
THE CITY’S HOUSING and dense structures
- All semester assignments deal with the design of new buildings or spaces in close connection with existing urban structures
- All semester assignments have their focal point on the scale of 1:200 but will include context studies on a scale of 1:1000/1:500 and detailed studies on a scale of 1:50/1:20.
Jens Christian Pasgaard, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Karen Olesen, Associate Professor