EMBEDDED ARCHITECTURES

2019 LandLumnezia 1 master-level design studio @ Vienna University of Technology

Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel & Jakub Tyc

Joint studio with EPFL ENAC Media x Design Laboratory led by Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Huang

The embedded architectures approach aims for architecture and environment integration, with the aim to reconnect architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and linking them to correlated aspects of culture, climate and ecology. The site is Val Lumnezia, a Swiss high alpine valley in the canton of Graub√ľnden.

The project focused on overlapping land-use, i.e. construction, agriculture and nature preservation. This entails a multi-scalar and multi-domain design problem. For this reason, the working scales range from the wider landscape systems to the specific layout of the settlement, and eventually to the proposed architecture. The latter is to reflect on local culture and to accommodate hybrid functions that reflect on the proposed overlapping land-use and to support the local community in ways that make it possible to live and work in the valley.

Methodologically the studio focused on computational data-driven design, employing data from cartographic sources and from simulations that is utilized in the design process. For this reason students were asked to consider and build-up the general and computational workflow for the design process.

Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.
Embedded Architectures: LandLumnezia 1, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019-20.

2019 Nesodden master-level design studio @ Vienna University of Technology

The embedded architectures approach aims for architecture and environment integration, with the aim to reconnect architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and linking them to correlated aspects of culture, climate and ecology. The site is Nesodden, a municipality on an peninsula in the Oslo Fjord. Given the plans of Oslo to substantially grow in population, nearby municipalities will come under pressure to densify the build environment. The studio tackled the question how to accommodate densification without destroying the natural terrain and vegetation. This entailed the question of how to relate building types to terrain features, how to locate plots for construction, how to meet the ground with the construction, how to keep circulation space at a minimum and how to provide it by using the existing terrain form. Students where asked to arrange 100 houses on a selected site and to design a small cluster of the houses to demonstrate the viability of their schemes.

Methodologically the studio focused on computational data-driven design, employing data from cartographic sources and from simulations that is utilized in the design process. For this reason students were asked to consider and build-up the general and computational workflow for the design process.

Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.
Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.
Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.
Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.
Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.
Embedded Architectures: Nesodden, Tina Selami & Fabian Pitscheider, 2019.