Enrollment for new T?F studios starts Monday November 22nd!

22 November 2010 / 03 December 2010

From November 22nd until December 3rd the enrollment period will be open for all master students from Architecture and Urbanism departments to sign up for T?F courses.

If you would like to know more about the upcoming new topics, join us for an information event on Tuesday the 23rd of November at 3.00 PM in Zaak K (Oostserre)!

We will introduce our new studios: Anarchy, Hungry City, FiveMinutes City, Robotic City, Biodiversity and Robo+ in detail. Below you can find a brief overview of all the themes:

Anarchy MSc1/2 
AR1TWF010/ AR2TWF010
tutors: Winy Maas, Felix Madrazo, Alexander Sverdlov

Anarchy’s main goal is freedom of the individuals from the abusing powers of the state in general. In this studio we want to be able to theorize and model a city without master-plans, explore what are the benefits of total disorder. We want -for once at least- to be able to exercise our talents for exploring the potentials of total lack of control. But also we want to test if the theories of self-organization can work in parallel to achieve not only freedom but also more efficiency? We are curious to find the answers.

Hungry City MSc1/2
AR1TWF010/ AR2TWF010
tutors: Winy Maas, Ulf Hackauf

In this studio we will explore possibilities of how to provide a city of one million people with all the food it needs in the city itself or in its direct surrounding. – If the food is produced around the city, what new landscapes can we imagine? What is the next step in advanced agriculture? If we use new technologies, how much food production can we merge into the city? What new typologies can we create? How will buildings or parks change? How can we plan closed cycles that make an end to the waste of nutrition? What is the best design for the Hungry City?

FiveMinutes City MSc1/2
AR1TWF010/ AR2TWF010
tutors: Winy Maas, Tihemr Salij

The Five Minutes City studio will focus on exploring the ways in which architecture can accommodate speed. It will explore what kind of technology or spatial organization can be applied to move around quickly and efficiently. How would ‘the fastest’ city look like? How would it be organized? What would happen if we predefined the mode of transportation to only cars, public transport or walking? How will the mobility affect the working and living qualities in urban environment and therefore shape the future of our cities?

Robotic City MSc1/2
AR1TWF010/ AR2TWF010
tutors: Winy Maas, Tihamer Salij

Robots and other smart machines have the potential to further reduce the need for physical labor and create a richer, healthier and more comfortable life for many. It can enable us to populate cities more densely while providing more quality of living. But how exactly will we live, how will the city change and in which shape will robotics invade our lives? This spring’s Robotic City studio will focus on urban products that can make the city smarter, more effective and better to live. – How will people move through the Robotic City? What is the potential of high-tech green areas and parks? How are goods moved around and what will new infrastructural networks provide?

Biodiversity MSc3/4

tutors: Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov

The studio will explore how both architecture and urban design could facilitate meaningful relationships between humans and other species. – How to make a city that animals will love? How to make a city where humans will love to live with animals? How modern technology could be helpful here? How subtle interventions on the micro-scale could have a massive effect and change the overall picture? How to engage with natural cycles beyond agriculture and fine-tune the performance of the city according to seasons? How to produce biomass and design new food chains?

Robo+  MSc3/4
tutors: Winy Maas, Ulf Hackauf, Tihamer Salij

T?F has run a number of projects exploring aspects of the Robotic city yet there is a lot more space for development in the Robotic City. How can automated manufacturing of buildings change the very idea of architecture? How will robotic health-care system look? What can leisure be once we accept robotic prosthesis? What is the future of tourism, how can environmental challenges be faced and how will shopping change? – We invite you to develop your own exciting project proposal in the research framework of the Robotic City!

Further information about all the new studios can be found in the projects section.