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FUTURE CITIES DESIGN STUDIO
Through intensive research and design, the Future Cities Studio will be based on a bottom-up design approach. Students will explore various techniques inspired by biological systems or human technol-ogy to find a specific context-related method and generate cellular structures or components that can work as individual elements (e.g. urban furniture) or be combined to create large island pavilions and/or floating festival stages.
With the latest breakthrough in technology and materiality, we will materialize biological systems, their various structures that are generating direct or indirect natural behaviors and transcript them into a dialogs between water and ground, public and private space, large or small scale function, single or multiple mass properties, etc. Thus dialogs will be an interactive answers between topology and tec-tonics of new material and structural emergence, natural and synthetic growth and manual or self-organizing systems. The question of materiality will by focused on material composites (e.g. fiber-glass…). We will explore the large material foundry of composite materials performance, behavior, growth and its natural setups. We will combine nature and synthetics as a tool to new form finding methods and design strategies.
FUTURE CITIES SEMINAR
Today, word architecture is used more often than ever before, yet more frequently in relationship with network structures, mobile apps , or even security controlling algorithms than with build envi-ronments. Now, when smart technologies are infiltrating all scales of inhabited environ-ment from nano surfaces of self-cleaning materials, trough medium size intelligent house to mega scale of smart cities, young architects along with other progressive disciplines should remain pre-sent in this evolution and form their own critical approach.
Through sequence of lectures followed by workshops we will start to outline what we would like to call chronotecture. Chronotecture is an architecture that evolves around axes of time. Structure cap-turing momentum in space, inhabitable system defeating stillness by movement. Besides more con-ventional kinetic transformations driven by environmental conditions or necessities to produce ener-gy, the research explores higher degrees of mobility on more complex levels. We are looking into the swarm behaviour, self-aware self-organising systems as well as human machine interaction.
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
The Workshop modules will function between digital and physical environment where students will primarily use Grasshopper - a visual node-based editor programming language developed by David Rutten at Robert McNeel & Associates. It runs as a plug-in within the Rhinoceros 3D CAD application. We will explore various morphologies, simulate aggregations and growth in natural tissues, study ecological and social behaviors that are bounded to the general Global AD Studio task. Students will go through a physics-simulation engines such as Kangaroo or Karamba, and introduce themselves to the possibilities of scripting languages such as Python or C#. The course will prepare students to simulate complex material behaviors and, on that basis, generate material-informed geometries.
Within this connection, students will also learn how to prepare design projects for fabrication and develop new set of skills for advanced fabrication and computational design.
Contemporary Architecture - CA
Architecture of the second half of the 20 century with overlap into the 21 century will be discussed and analyzed. Emphasis on the architecture of the 60s and its influence on today architecture will be given. The latest realized architecture, its context and history should be part of the course with the contribution of the authors. Course will acquaint students with the history of thinking and designing 20 century architecture. It will focus on the time changes of the notion and the term architecture. This course will be devoted to the various models of relations between architectural thinking, the concept creation, techniques of the project formulation as well as the representation of architecture. Besides the question What is architecture? It will search for the possible answers to questions: Who is architect? What is a work of architecture? as well as what notions of its classification, reflection and evaluation are formulated by the history of theory of 20 century architecture.
Drawing - D
The closeness of Art and Architecture is obvious. The student should learn the complex understanding of the art in mean of human proportions perception, sense for perspective, space, structure and color in connection with outside surrounding and nature. The course should support the students work in „Architecture design“ subject and be closely connected to the realm of architecture.
Tutorials will be adjusted to students' skills starting from the basis of drawing, sketching, perspective, plastic anatomy and work with color and mass.
History of Architecture 2 – HA 2
Outline of the medieval architecture – from early Christian architecture until the late Gothic:
Historical context (i.e. religion, geography, cultural anthropology), Basic buildings types and their variations. Basic architectural signs: Early Christian, Meroveic, Otonic, Karolin, Romanesque, Gothic, Late Gothic with penetration of Italian renaissance models (always in the context of its epoch, contemporary devoutness etc.).The architect's position in the Middle Ages and his instruments, Progress of technologies and consequently the advancement of buildings constructions, Architecture within the landscape (i.e. fortifications, villages, small settlements, monasteries etc.), Architecture of the Cities (Clerical institutions, feudal demesne, city „facilities“, governor and city representation, hygiene, social institutions etc. – based on these topics there is going to be given the view on the urbanism of Czech medieval cities spec. in Prague. Relationship between the builder and the proprietor shown on the chosen examples of important buildings, Late Gothic versus Italian Renaissance in the middle Europe (from the end of the 15th century until the middle of the 16th century).
History of Architecture 4 – HA 4
On the contrary to previous terms content based on theoretical facts, this term target is to concentrate on “practical architectural history”. The meeting and experiencing the historical buildings on site, within their context in Prague, in Czech Republic and within Central Europe is the unique experience accompanied by professional explanations.
History of Art 2 – HT 2
During the Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 500-1400) Europe was dominated by Christianity and architecture was used almost exclusively in the service of the Church, but in this course reference will be given also to secular environments. This course integrates the study of the architecture with the study of medieval culture, exploring the role not only of pilgrimage and religious reforms, but also of court ceremonies, crusading, and rising urbanism. We will survey a range of architectural styles - Carolingian, Romanesque, and Gothic, in which the remnants of antiquity provided a foundation for new ways of thinking about architecture.
AHIS 3001 PRAG
Art and Architecture of Prague
This course provides a survey of art and architecture, especially housing styles, which have influenced the development of Prague and other major European cities from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Excursions to art galleries and related architectural monuments are combined with classroom lectures.
AHIS 3003 PRAG
Modern Czech Art
Combining classroom lectures with gallery visits, this course acquaints students with 20th century art movements and tendencies. Based upon the analysis of the oeuvre of key Czech artists and various topics, ranging from the expressions of Czech national identity in the finde-siecle art to the art produced under the Communist regime, the course tackles the social and political development of the Central European region.
CEAS 3004 PRAG / COMM 3001 PRAG
Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
This course examines the role and impact of international and domestic media on political developments in Central Europe, examining the way of doing journalism at Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and comparing it to the approaches of other media companies. The course looks at journalism, technology, and logistics used by RFE/RL during the Cold War, and at its current ways of providing information to areas of the world where the press is restricted or tightly controlled. Journalists from RFE/RL and other media are frequent guest speakers. A key aspect of the course is the focus on coverage of religious, ethnic, and other emotionally sensitive issues, and students gain special insights into coverage of current events. They learn about the dynamics of social tensions in transitional and post-communist societies, and how the media is contributing to shaping the history of countries faced with their legacy and with the new challenges of EU membership.
COMM 3301 PRAG
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Prague as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level.
ENVI 3001 PRAG
European Environmental Studies
This course examines the relationship between human society and the natural environment with a specific focus on the Czech landscape as a place for human-nature interaction. In addition the course explores European integration from an environmental perspective, the ecological footprint and problem of climate change, and environmental ethics in contemporary European society.
CIEE Language Course
During the first two weeks, students study the Communicative Czech language. Students then have the option to continue the language study with classes throughout the semester for no credit.