All over the world right now, enormous migratory processes are taking place. They are driven by many different factors, yet they are all connected by one facet: The search and hope for a better environment, an environment that will provide the essentials associated with a humane existence: Freedom from hunger, war, oppression and the chance to live peacefully and with dignity.
For many of these needs, architectural thought and architectural interventions find themselves powerless to a large degree. However, as we as a society are faced with defining the framework of what exactly defines the essentials of human dignity, of essential components of social contracts, we as architects should also examine the idea of necessity and its architectural meanings and possibilities.
The idea of necessity is not connected to this social contract in a direct way. In the studio, we will identify essential elements and functions in both the built and social environment and analyze their genesis, context and characteristics.
Necessity implies the presence of absolute values, of fundamental and unalterable essentiality. It is this essentiality that we will be seeking out and will translate in the thesis projects on a functional, contextual, social and mostly, a spatial level.
You will be challenged to define the idea of “Necessity” on a very personal level. The scale and scope of the projects can vary a good deal and will largely depend on the research results. However, the focus of the studio will definitely be on spatial quality over size.
The studio will undertake two excursions, a short, small one (domestic) in the fall semester and a collectively researched and prepared one in the spring semester.
Selected Students: Eleonora Popovska, Tijana Vuckovic