253.I93 Design Studio Constructing Versatile Space(s)
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, UE, 4.0h, 5.0EC
TUWELQuinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

… develop a project in an integrative way, i.e. from an architectural perspective;
… Particular consideration is given to the disciplines of structural design and geometry, including urban and  socially relevant aspects;
…  recognize design as a collaborative, self-responsible process that requires different work constellations and approaches in different phases;
…   recognize and discuss essential project-related (structure, material and design) issues and discussing them with one another and with experts;
…  work on optimization issues from an architectural-constructive, ecological, and spatial-social point of view;
…  position the developed project as an independent and critical contribution within the current architectural and social discourse;
… and last but not least, to develop and elaborate an independent, coherent design and implementation concept, as well as presenting it in a suitable form to a professional audience.

Subject of course

The course takes place as part of the award-winning EXCITE-2022 project 'Emerging Fields - TU Trialogue on Urban Co-Production'. The developped structure will be built in spring 2023.

… construct – deconstruct – reconstruct …


Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting.
We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value’
(Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

Experimental development and ready-to-build 1:1 formulation of a pavilion-like spatial structure (free-standing lightweight structure) in public space with different spatial and functional configurations.

The architectural concept is developed in line with a dynamic programming in public space. The spatial formulation is based on an in-depth analysis of geometric and constructive principles, which is condensed in iteration with the architectural concept.

The investigations are carried out with analogue and digital models - among others with algorithm-supported planning tools, which are deepened within the scope of the LVA. Basic knowledge of Rhino and Grashopper is required. A willingness an joy to crafting and manual labor is expected.

Areas of interest and interplay:
… Temporary places in public space
... Spatial generosity and resource conservation
... Constructive finesse and detailing
… current discourse and programming

The planned architecture is intended to form the framework for a symposium that discusses the areas of tension mentioned above.

The project is designed to be set up over a period of one year at various locations in Vienna. In this design course, the structure will be developped up to a 1:1 structure. Parts of it will be checked with 1:1 mock-ups. A realization in SS 2023 is planned. The LVA is conducted in English and German.

Teaching methods

The goal is the design and draft on a scale of 1:50 and 1:20-1:1 (detailed planning). One important focus of the design studio is on the intelligent detail and on practical construction thinking. The design must be feasible in accordance with the location and the proposed program.

The students work in small groups as teams on a project. The students work independently and on their own initiative.  A 2,5 hour design studio with additional input on relevant tools (Grashopper, Karamba, etc.) is accompanying the designs studio. Lectures and input on specific issues complement the studio. During the two-day kick-off workshop, selected projects from the previous Design studios: Versatile Spaces (SS21) and Creating Versatile Spaces (SS22) will be presented and key issues for the WS will be defined. The project meetings and presentations are blocked.


Mode of examination


Additional information

Due to changing Cornoa situations, there may be changes to the format (e.g. switching to pure distance learning)



Course dates

Mon13:00 - 17:0010.10.2022Seminarraum 8 Kick-off Workshop (mandatory)
Tue10:00 - 17:0011.10.2022Seminarraum 8 Kick-off Workshop (mandatory)
Mon13:00 - 15:0017.10.2022Projektraum HB1 - 6/253 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! INPUT: Geoemetry and Structural Design
Mon10:00 - 12:0024.10.2022 HS 15INPUT: Re:use and circular design in der Baukultur | Peter Kneidinger (Materialnomaden)
Mon13:00 - 17:0024.10.2022Projektraum 2 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Presentation Research (Students
Mon13:00 - 16:0007.11.2022Seminarraum 8 Concept Presenation
Mon19:00 - 21:0007.11.2022 hörsaal el7, stiege 1, erdgeschoss, gußhausstraße 25 – 29, 1040 wienTalk: Kjetil T. Thorsen | SNOHETTA (optional)
Mon13:00 - 16:0021.11.2022Projektraum 2 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Wed11:00 - 13:0023.11.2022 Seminarraum AD 03 - 1[Modultalk] Peter Bauer - optional
Mon10:00 - 12:0028.11.2022 HS 15INPUT: Versatility | Christoph Kaltenbrunner (Die Angewandte)
Mon13:00 - 17:0028.11.2022Projektraum 2 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Mon13:00 - 17:0012.12.2022Projektraum 2 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Mon13:00 - 17:0009.01.2023Projektraum HB1 - 6/253 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Mon13:00 - 17:0016.01.2023Projektraum HB1 - 6/253 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Mon13:00 - 17:0023.01.2023Projektraum HB1 - 6/253 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Project Meeting
Tue17:00 - 19:0031.01.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Preparation Final Critic
Wed09:00 - 13:0001.02.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Final Project Critic

Examination modalities



TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master / Künstlerische Projekte (5 ECTS)12.09.2022 09:0026.09.2022 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic Knowledge in Rhino and Grashopper

Accompanying courses