Design Studio (Summer 2022)


In western Liguria between Genoa and the Côte d' Azur, agglomerations are growing along the Mediterranean coast and into the valleys, while at the same time the landscape in the mountains is falling into disuse. Where once a system of canals draining water from the Alps into the sea simultaneously served to irrigate the vineyards and olive slopes, its loss today leads to erosion and water shortages. The isolated villages are losing their inhabitants, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure in abandoned areas is becoming inefficient. Demographic change combined with climate change poses new challenges. The polarity of water scarcity and water catastrophe leads to issues that need to be addressed at different scales.

recent . retentiv . resilient .

In the winter semester 22/23 we are looking for answers to how concepts and designs can be used to preserve, develop and renew the Ligurian landscape in times of climate change.

In the classical triad of the term 'repealation', the structures and elements of the historical cultural landscape (especially the dry stone walls of olive cultivation) are to be 'repealed' in the landscape in the sense that they are preserved (resilient - able to resist), can take on new functions (retentive - able to absorb) and are renewed (recent - fresh).

Thedesign groups can develop individual solutions on freely chosen scales (1:25,000 - 1:1) - on a regional / local / urban planning / object planning or detail level.

theoretical background .

… palimpsest and permanent structures (ROSSI, CORBOZ)
… villages, agriculture and dry stone walls (GHERSI, KONOLD)
… „spongelandscapes“ in times of climate change (YU, MC HARG)
… morphological designing and 'Landschaftsvertrag' (SCHÖBEL)
… demographic changes, micro economies, tourism und rural social structures.