Studio Europe is a collaboration between studios and universities that creates conditions to foster exchange beyond the local dynamics. It activates inclusive processes of learning and sharing practises by facilitating conversations and moments of encounter among places and actors that are representative of European multiplicity.
In the spring semester 2022, Studio Europe brings together four design studios working on urban transformation in three European contexts.
By exploring Zurich (Switzerland), Naples (Italy) and Sofia (Bulgaria),
students and teachers
from NEWROPE Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation - Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology in Zurich, DiARC - University of Naples Federico II with AUIC - Polytechnic
University of Milan, and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and
Geodesy in Sofia,
move closer, overcome
the physical distances and open up their laboratories.
studios of Studio Europe 2022 deal with critically rethinking resources,
tools and directions of contemporary urban transformations by focusing on crucial
areas of the city in transition – respectively mixed-used neighbourhoods,
peripheral neglected areas, and underused infrastructures:
︎ ZURICH ALTSTETTEN | ETHZ
︎ NAPLES EAST | UNINA + POLIMI
︎ SOFIA RAILWAYS | UACEG
school’s expertise and programme bring valuable nuances for exploring
complexity and setting up coalitions to tackle broad issues.
How can architects
contribute in unravelling material and immaterial potentialities of places?
do multiple readings of the city inform the design process? What are the
spatial qualities that can foster moments of exchange considering local
cultures and structures?
This takes form in images, snapshots, notes, drawings, sketches, or in any other means of representation.
Analytical yet subjective interpretations of the meanings that spatial settings generate, and the actions, reflections, or sensations they trigger.
Deconstructions of social agreements that shape the city. These (implicit) agreements are the
non-physical materials of the urban contexts. They
can be seen as the cultural frameworks that define affordances. We aim to reveal those cultural habits by understanding space as a commons and start to analyse different frameworks and actions that support, undermine or give a specific interpretation on how to deal and govern this shared societal resource.
During the semester, the design studios will build up a collection of those elements, and constantly question and expand these notions. The wide variety of collected data and of different interpretations will create a common ground that connects the activities of the four studios, and tries to engage with the three complex European contexts under transformation.