Building for Animals
A House for Pandas
The project in the winter semester of 2019/20 deals with the construction of a new panda house at Berlin Zoo. Before the first sketch is drawn, the question of the future inhabitants of the facility must first be clarified. For the dramaturgy and staging of buildings and fauna, this means nothing less than the ‘invention of a new world’.
The core principles for the design must be developed through research and then implemented and presented in a concrete design. The final works should not only spark discussion about contemporary animal husbandry, but also provide important and innovative inspiration for the up-to-date transfer of knowledge in zoos.
Structural principles will be taught in cooperation with the Membrane Structures degree programme IMS Bauhaus. Students can further explore and refine their design as part of a concurrent elective course, such as Textile-, Tensile- and Cushion Constructions or Lightweight Membranes. Students will engage with the subject matter systematically through exercises.
This course will be taught by Prof. Dr. Natascha Meuser in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Robert Off, Sarah Stipek (IMS Bauhaus Archineer Institutes e.V.) and Carl Stahl Architektur.
White City, White Architecture
An Exchange of Building Cultures between Germany and Turkmenistan in the Year of the Bauhaus Centenary.
The exhibition and its accompanying programme are intended to promote the exchange of building cultures between Turkmenistan and Germany. The year 2019 offers the perfect ideal occasion for this: the Bauhaus, likely Germany’s best-known architectural export, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The architecture that has emerged from this influential school of ideas is of interest to the local perception of architecture in Turkmenistan insofar as a significant part of the Bauhaus movement felt committed to ‘White Modernism’. The show is a broad platform for the exchange of knowledge between professionals, for the enhancement of the training of architects in Ashgabat, and for bilateral relations between the two countries.