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Announcement: Alumni day 2018

This year is a very special year for ExploreLab as we are celebrating our 25th group of explorers. This shouldn’t go by unnoticed! We would like to invite you to […]

Transitional Architectures #6: Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure

Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure Chair of Methods and Analysis and Explore Lab invite you to participate on their sixth Transitional Architectures event and discuss about different landscapes […]

Transitional Architectures #3: Thinking, working and writing with Yona Friedman

TRANSITIONAL ARCHITECTURES Collective learning and cross media practices Event 3: THINKING, WORKING AND WRITING WITH YONA FRIEDMAN Manuel Orazi, Architectural Historian and Professor at the University of Ferrara Manuel, in […]

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Course coordinator & tutor

Course coordinator & tutor

Robert Nottrot

Field: Architectural Design
Explore Lab tutor since: 2005, coordinator since 2009
Personal motivation to contribute to explore lab: Teaching in Explore Lab is exciting because of the diversity of projects and the chance to make designs extreme, so that they inspire even more. Generally the graduates are very motivated and do research of high quality, which is enriching my knowledge too.

Expanding universes on shrinking footprints

Dominik Philipp Bernátek

While cities densify, and fill up with building mass, it is of great importance to pay high attention to good quality public space. People should feel at home not only inside, but also outside the building – in the city itself. My graduation is about dwelling architecture in relation to public space, because there the ‘clash’ between public and private is most apparent and a core issue.

The research project deals with transitions between public space and adjacent private space of dwelling. The research question is ‘What are architectural tools that create a transition between public and private space?’ My research started with a form of plan analysis, from which I extracted some elements. Continuing my research through designing, I created for each tool a gradient. I ordered my results in categories influencing levels of privacy for my final toolbox. My method is closely related to ACRREx (Abstracting, Categorizing, Reflecting, Reformulating and Expanding).

The design project will deal with dwelling architecture and public space in the theme: expanding universes on shrinking footprints.



Kevin Jan Mazanek

For a long time, experts have focused their attention mainly towards the city and the urban development. As a consequence of largely concentrating on urban areas, the rural space has been left aside in the contemporary discourse even though the societal and technological changes in “rural areas” have been highly dynamic considering recent history. As Rem Koolhaas stated: “The countryside is an amalgamation of tendencies that are outside our overview and outside our awareness. Our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because one cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside.”

Alongside the fast development of cities, digitalization, the threats of an unstable political as well as economic situation and a wish for a simpler life, more and more citizens are migrating towards rural areas. These modern nomads tend to organize themselves in communities occupying the countryside while still being connected to the “city”.

In order to study the implications and potentials of such rural communities, we will collaborate with a group of young adults and their families that initiated a similar project at the “Silent Lake” in Poland situated in the Kaszub forest north-west from Warsaw. The core of the ideas cultivated at the Silent Lake is the exploration of a “new lifestyle” that bridges the knowledge gained through operating in the globalised world with a conscient return to the countryside on a journey to rediscover traditional values and skills related to a more sustainable way of living (experimenting with “new-old” ways of thinking, living and building) and share this knowledge with each other. During our study, we will collaborate with the community at the Silent Lake in order to explore the further development of the “Silent Settlement” within a participatory design project.

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