AR-201(r) / 10 credits

Teacher(s): Gay Menzel Catherine Odile, Menzel Götz

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark: Inscription faite par la section


The studio focusses on contextual imaginary. Developing narratives, inspired both by the site and by the student's imagination leads to a theme sustaining the project. The narrative helps the student to develop an architectural project in a given context.



Urban Legends, contextual imaginary, narrative, transposition, survey, double exposure, stairs, housing, Lausanne, Trieste, the city as a common project, evocation, making of sense, reconnection, collective, social, transformation, new construction, architectural languages, ecology, sustainability, film, models, words


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Develop and verbalise own needs
  • Analyze a site with a survey and documentation
  • Define a desire through the project and make transmittable to others
  • Present the project adequately
  • Develop a narrative from contextual elements and personal imagination
  • Use a narrative as main guideline through all scales of the project
  • Elaborate a coherent discourse
  • Demonstrate consistency throughout the project

Transversal skills

  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Manage priorities.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

Teaching methods

The first semester will start with the site(s) visit. The site of retrieval (Genoa) and the site of transposition (Lausanne). Students will receive one of the various staircases selected in Genoa. The specific revealed qualities of these spaces will be transposed to a site in Lausanne in order to develop housing projects in similar environment. In the second semester a project of larger scale (clubs and gardens) will be developed for Genoa. Projects will be developed both individually and in groups of two.


Assessment methods

During intermediate and final reviews, a guest jury will be appointed.

Table critics will take place at the Studio Gay Menzel.

Review 1 25%, Review 2 35%, Final review 40%



Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No



Each student will receive a digital version of the course booklet.


In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Studio BA3, BA4 (Gay et Menzel)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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