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Today, Manchester (MSA) and Coburg (AR and IR) students had their first round table discussion with our Manchester collaborator, Karsten Huneck, and his practice partner Bernd Trüempler. Collectively, each group introduced their first initial concepts and interpretations to the brief and how their spatial intervention can elevate the site, as well as engage with other areas of Coburg.

The main output of the discussion was to carry through a strong narrative of the concept behind the each intervention before refining the ultimate function of the space, addressing key links found through historical and site analysis. The question raised was what makes the proposal of each intervention site specific, in terms of its relationship between the spaces within Creapolis, the Schlachthof and the town of Coburg?
Posted 26 Mar 2019 16:23

See. Stay. Meet. Make. Event. Play. Order. Narrate. These are the topics how an open platform, in the context of spatial interventions, can be created.

Exploring the outdoor space of Creapolis around the Schlachthof (Slaughterhouse), Albert's Connection will work to design and construct an intervention that will integrate engaging spaces for events to practice as well as act as an open platform to share with the local community.

As part of the brief, you will begin to engage with the space and its relationship to the surrounding areas to design a visible approach to the site. It should consider all users of the space and its connection to the Markerspace that lies within Creapolis, crafting a collective experience of both social and physical qualities. The space has no limits to its potential innovativeness so consider all possibilities from a wider thought; its relation to Prince Albert’s historical link with Coburg and Manchester as well as the lasting experience of the place.
Posted 25 Mar 2019 22:46

On the 29th March, students from both Manchester and Coburg will have the opportunity to travel to Dessau. Celebrating one hundred years of Bauhaus, the trip will offer a rediscovery of the models of modern construction - educating visitors on their architecture, use and inhabitants.

Arriving in Dessau, we have the privilege to be given guided tours for both the Bauhaus building and Masters’ Houses, accessing areas to the Bauhaus building that have not been permitted in recent years.

The Bauhaus Building – Walter Gropius (1925-26)
The Bauhaus proposed to develop new forms of housing and living. It offered a three-storey workshop, another three-storey professional school and a five-storey studio building for students and junior masters. Gropius separated these three functional programmes asymmetrically to design a complex form which can only be understood by moving through the building.

Masters’ Houses – Walter Gropius (1925-26)
Located parallel to the Bauhaus building, Gropius designed three identical semi-detached houses for the Bauhaus masters and a single detached house for the director. These designs followed a modular principle, using prefabricated components in order to realise the concept of rational construction.

In the afternoon we will then be taking a bus journey to Settlement Törten. Here we will be given an introduction to the housing estates concept and building history, following a visit to its exhibition – showcasing historical building materials, models and films. After we will take a short tour around the housing estate with visits to both the Consumption House and Steel House.

Settlement Törten – Walter Groupis (1926-28)
During the Weimar Republic, a lack of efficient affordable housing was recognised. The cubic terraced housing development of the settlement, proposed by the Bauhaus, was considered as a solution for low-cost mass housing construction.

Consumption Building – Walter Gropius (1928)
The consumption building became a centre of the Törten settlement due to its location, height and function. It compromises two buildings: a low-rise building intended for sales and a five-storey house which occupied three three-room apartments, staff room and attic space.

Steel House – Georg Muche and Richard Paulick (1926-27)
The steel house is a singular construction of thick steel panels mounted on a steel skeleton structure located in Dessau. It is determined by two unique sized cubes which have been pushed together to facilitate a vast area of living space, surpassing the square meter of Gropius’ settlement houses.

Our day will end with a visit to the Federal Environmental Agency, which we will be given a guided tour around the building.

Federal Environmental Agency – Sauerbruch Hutton (2002-05)
Located in the home of the modernist movement of Bauhaus, the Federal Environmental Agency Building highlights concepts of design and aesthetics to modern architecture. It provides new concepts for sustainability and green design which work alongside Bauhaus modernism.
Posted 12 Mar 2019 16:35

CREAPOLIS is an additional scheme within the framework of the University of Coburg, which runs alongside its teaching and research programmes. Promoting innovations and networking people, it aims to build a stronger connection with the university and regional partners.

The three main aims it aspires to reach are to connect, make and support.

The students work produced during the events weeks will work alongside the CREAPOLIS programme and contribute to the annual exhibition “Campus.Design Open”. The festival provides a platform to bring together programmes including architecture, product design, civil engineering and interior design.

Campus.Design Open:
Posted 12 Mar 2019 09:15

2019, Germany celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus.

The short-lived building hosted the space for experimentations in the free and applied arts, architecture and educational practice. The school existed in three German cities: as the ‘State Bauhaus” in Weimar 1919 to 1925; the ‘school of design’ in Dessau 1925 to 1932; and as a private education institute in Berlin 1932 to 1933, directed by three different architect-directors: Walter Gropius from 1919 to 1928; Hannes Meyer from 1928 to 1930; and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 until 1933. Its influence went beyond the school and effected both its locations and its time.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the Centenary programme ‘100 years of bauhaus’ is providing a country spread journey of discovery – taking people to the origins and places of modernism.

In conjunction to ‘100 years of bauhaus’, the University of Coburg have organised a visit to the Bauhaus 29th March, for both Coburg and Manchester students, to be involved with Germany's celebration and experience its significant importance to modern design.

Even though this trip is optional, we recommend it should not be missed!
Posted 11 Feb 2019 16:10

Anja Ohliger is a Professor in Design in Principle in the BA 1&2. As partner of OSA: Office for Subversive Architecture she was involved in many projects dealing with the question of perception of public spaces.

Mario Tvrtkovic is a Professor in Urbanism and Urban Design. He is one of the main initiators of Creaopolis, the experimental space close to the University of Coburg, which is the main subject of our workshop. In past experiences, he has already launched interventions with his students to make the potential of the space visible. Mario is hoping to ultimately design and install a "laboratory“ for social change and engagement in participation with the population of Coburg.

Please find some works (Sülzer Findlinge, Eintritt Frei, Frankfurter Garten, Kölnisch Wasser, etc) on their website.
Posted 28 Jan 2019 21:04

Karsten carried out his studies in Germany at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt. Throughout his education, he attained the assistant role of Ottmar Horerl, an artist whose work focused on public spaces. After graduating with a Diploma in Architecture, Karsten has had involvement with the OSA (Office for Subversive Architecture) where he continued to explore spatial conditions regarding agendas concerning art and architecture, at both local and global scales.
Posted 26 Jan 2019 13:07