Not only but also
Ahmed Afattah, Liam Yeaman
#Vienna Architecture Summer School 2022
#dilemma #non-composition #notonlybutalso
The workshop explores non-compositional manner as a different combinatorial approach in a city. A city that consists of an observatory tower, library, panopticon building, park, amphitheater, car park, railway station, bridge, etc. However, the distinction between these urban entities is blurring in the contemporary state of cities, and we can’t easily categorize them anymore. Their behavior, function, shape, and meaning adapt to one another in a non-compositional manner to create an unprecedented architectural object which now needs a new definition.
Through a series of day-to-day exercises, lectures, and studies, participants work with the characteristics of urban entities. Each participant looks at a specific urban entity through means of adaption (as opposed to assemblage) and non-composition (as opposed to composition) to question the definition of urban entities and, in general, our understanding of the current state of cities. The participants propose a new architectural object whose original qualities are transformed into something peculiar.
Lida Badafareh is an architect and an educator practicing in Vienna, where she is a founding partner of mershandlee, an architecture design practice. She is a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Urban Design, University of Innsbruck, where she teaches design courses and urban design seminars. She is also a lecturer at Raumklasse at Universität der Künste Berlin. She has previously worked as an architect and urban design researcher for several architecture offices, including Coop Himmelb(l)au. She holds a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Städelschule, where her graduate thesis received the AIV Master Thesis Award.
Mehrshad Atashi is the co-founder of the architectural design studio of mershandlee. He is a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Urban Design at the University of Innsbruck, where he teaches design courses and urban design seminars. He holds a B. Arch from Università Degli Studi di Firenze and a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Städelschule. Previously, he worked in the offices of Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo, and Coop Himmelb(l)au In Vienna.