Arhitectura. Delicii și capricii. - Beta Competition
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Architecture. Delights and caprices.

Project description

Architecture. Delights and caprices was the title of the exposition that brought together projects realized by 4th year students from Architecture and Urbanism Faculty in Timisoara, at Cultural Anthropology’s seminar. Sensorium Urbanae, Living together/ apart, Dwelling stories, At home. Falling in love with..., My personal living space, Sensing the space we live in. Zoom in. Zoom out were a part of possible themes that students could choose from. Although very different, all themes explored the relationship between place, perception and emotion, the way it is revealed sequentially from urban to micro scale, analyzing the space rather from its anthropological charge than from its configurational or technical parameters. The actual challenge was to evaluate the space as it is seen from human beings and their needs, from their prefe- rences and living patterns, carrying a cultural and a personal mark altogether. In this way, these themes were in fact a pretext to better understand the anthropological side of architecture, to explore personal experiences related to built space and to raise awareness on how space itself can modulate human perceptions, emotions and expectations. So the persons who realized these projects were only a half (future) architects, and on the other half simple space users, who produced both (spatial) delights and caprices. The exercises aimed to overpass the level of a simple visual answer, compelling a response concentrated on the perceptive, emotional or social side of experiencing space. It resulted a collection of urban or dwelling stories, older or recent ones, sad or happy stories, explicit or more discrete tales, fragments of personal existence, or even childhood madeleines who marked first spatial experiences. All of these, solved through various techniques, using drawings, models, textile, lyrics, music or graphic approaches. But regardless of the used methods, all exercises served both a professional and a didactic scope. First of all, because this type of exercise can play an important role in the whole process of professional growth and maturity, implying a consistent work of introspection or awareness of one's own experience and spatial values. And also because it was intended a detachment from conventional didactic methods, emphasizing the educational process itself, based on personal searches and efforts. All essential ingredients in didactic attainment. The exhibition at the end of the semester was the result of a significant collective effort, presenting to an extended audience projects that not only comply to professional exigence, but also witnesses the relation between architecture and human beings and the importance of educational process.

Author's presentation text

The exposition entitled Architecture. Delights and caprices was a product of a significant collective effort, of almost 60 students from 4th year in Architecture and Urbanism Faculty in Timisoara, participating at the course and applied discipline of Cultural Anthropology. The students were supervised by lecturer phd.arch. Daniela Negrișanu, the coordinator of the course and applied discipline, who not only guided the didactic process, but also curated the exposition that took place at the end of this semester, in so-called Club A of the faculty. Although it was the first time to collaborate in this extended formula, the exposition itself and the individual projects can be considered an important achievement, evaluating them not only by professional exigence, but also by didactical ones. In fact, at this course and applied discipline, the emphasis was put not only on final results, which are indeed extremely important, but also on the whole educational process, with all relational and didactic engagements.