Clay Storming

This course will not only get your hands dirty, but give you tools to use your intuition in design. It is a method that will help to train your left side of the brain, brings joy and lightness in the design work and overcome creative black-outs. It is a great method also for working in a team and in participatory design approaches. We will 3D sketch on various clay models, discuss about the essence of architecture, archaic and humane spaces, sustainability, designing architecture based on a material understanding and how to get from small scale clay models to real scale (mud) architecture.

Work clothes required.

Instructor Bio:
For Anna Heringer architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development she is focusing on the use of natural building materials. Her diploma work, the METI School in Rudrapur got realized in 2005 and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Over the years, Anna has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Together with Martin Rauch she has developed the method of Clay Storming that she teaches at various universities, including ETH Zurich, UP Madrid, TU Munich. She received numerous honors: the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards in 2006 and 2008, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD and a RIBA International Fellowship. Her work was widely published and exhibited in the MoMA New York, the V&A Museum in London and at the Venice Biennale among other places. In 2013 with Andres Lepik and Hubert Klumpner she initiated the Laufenmanifesto where practitioners and academics from around the world contributed to define guidelines for a humane design culture.


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