icam mediterranean first regional meeting
icam mediterranean first regional meeting© icam mediterranean

07.11.2005 | what’s on
by Arkitera Architecture Center (Arkitera Mimarlik Merkezi)

icamMediterranean First Regional Meeting which will be held in Istanbul between the dates 6-8 October 2005, aims to bring the architecture museums and institutions in the Mediterranean area. Also it is targeted to contsruct an academical platform with the poster presentations during the conference. The theme of the conference will be “The Foreign Influence in Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean Architecture”. As a parallel event the Az W, Vienna will also organize a workshop in collobaration with Arkitera Architecture Center. The workshop will be an educational workshop for teenagers.

Educational Programme for Schools at the Architekturzentrum Wien
What kind of awareness do young people have of their living environment and surroundings, which have of course been designed? How do we discover spaces?
These are the questions that the Architekturzentrum Wien addresses in its introduction to architecture for the young, the goal being to broaden young people’s knowledge and understanding of architecture and its history, and to provide them with the opportunity to form their own opinions. Extending their understanding of contemporary architecture is the key aim, with a focus on increasing sensitivity so they can discover the urban environment for themselves, leading to an awareness of the designed environment in general.

What do they expect from contemporary architecture?
The educational concept for schoolchildren and the approach to the themes take into consideration the different age groups involved and individual differences in young people’s learning behaviour. According to David Kolb, there are four different ways for people to learn to be distinguished between in an exercise: by feeling, by watching, by thinking and by doing. We apply this principle to every workshop so that each participant has the opportunity to learn with the approach that suits them best. Some people learn well by becoming familiar with something in their own way, others gain the most from an exchange of experiences, from the reactions and comments of their peers, other young people learn best when they are given the opportunity to do practical work in a hands-on approach etc.

What does an architect actually do?
For example, working on the multifunctional redesign of the Schellinggasse pedestrian zone right next to the school with pupils of the BORG on Hegelgasse. As this square also serves as recreational space for the pupils of the school, an attempt was made to adapt this area to meet the needs of the 15-18 year-olds, to use it for the school. The planning was done as a project over the course of a semester.

What do you need to plan a building?
At the outset the materials available for the design phase were pieces of fruit, such as bananas, apples etc., out of which they developed interesting shapes for the seating in the yard. These shapes were realised in modelling clay and presented at the Architekturzentrum Wien along with the plans and sketches, where a jury selected the project to be realised. This project is currently in the realisation phase.

What is architecture?
A similar workshop is scheduled with pupils in Istanbul. A comparison of the two school projects is currently being planned.

workshop program
6 Oct 2005 Thursday
10:00 – 10:30 slide show /overview
10:30 – 11:30 discussion of the favourite place of the pupils
11:30 – 12:30 lunch break
12:30 – 15:00 field work at”our” designing site
1. Role playing: the pupils try to imagine how different people are experiencing the site, for example a blind person, an old person with a walking-stick, a family with 4 kids, three students who want to learn at the site and are looking for a quiet place, young people as they are -> with which advantages and disadvantages are these persons confronted by”using” this site?
2. Conclusion: what can you do on the site and what is missing?
3. Measuring the site by walking, then measuring the site with a tape measure or metre rule
4. Takes photos with the digital camera
5. Make a sketch
15:00 – 15:15 break (tea and cookies)
15:15 – 17:00 back again in school
Conclusion (on the large floor plan of the site) and analyse
1. How and where are the moving phases on the site?
2. Where is a quiet and where a noisy area?
3. How is the relation between height and width of the site?
4. Where is a zone to sit down?
17:00 end

For the next day we are preparing the exact floor plan and a perspective of the designing site, the prints of the digital photos which we’ve made of the site and a base plate for each pupil for the model-building phase.

7 Oct 2005 Friday
10:00 – 10:30 Slide show/special site examples (e.g. in connection with water)
10:30- 11:00 Repetition of the needs for the designing site:
What function should your place have: a site for playing, a site where you can relax and learn a place just to go through? (Questions on the attached paper)
11:00 – 11:30 Explanation of the designing process – sketch and model phase
11:30- 12:30 lunch
12:30 – 17:30 Group division and sketch and model phase
15:00 – 15:15 break (tea and cookies)
17:00 end Task for the pupils: find your favourite music that will represent your site (E.g. a relaxing music for a relaxing site …)- We will use the music for the presentation

8 Oct 2005 Saturday
10.00 – 13:30 Model phase
13:30 – 14:00 lunch
14.30 Jury and presentation

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