Summer 2019
History and Theory of Landscapes

Notes on site-specificity in architecture

For architecture, the term ‘site’ has a multitude of meanings - from the physical aspects of a place or region to its socio-economic and political conditions, from its topographical, geological and climatic characteristics to its cultural significance. Just as diverse are the relationships that architecture establishes with the given environment: from the pragmatic creation of living spaces to highly refined artistic dialogues, from adaptation to the geographic context to deliberate disruption of the situation. Both historical and contemporary architectural examples will be presented, illustrating this wide range of approaches.

We will analyze Miwon Kwon's paper to see which of the observations she presented also apply to site-specific architecture.


Examination Modalities: Students have to read the text before the start of the course, present selected passages in class, discuss their relevance for the architectural discourse and illustrate their considerations with examples from the field of architecture.

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Image: Karin Raith