Master courses at BAS - autumn 2015

This semester we will run 3 different master courses. Find out more about them.

Exploring collective living environments
The course will seek to question how the ideal of Open can be applied today and the relevance it holds for the practice of making situations, spaces and built environments for people. We will explore and examine older and newer examples of the Open during study trips, readings, lectures and workshops. These examples will then be used as precursors, prototypes and context for the formulations of new projects. The goal of the course is not to reformulate (or reform) the understanding of Open Form but using the idea of Open as a starting point for a new discussion to create physical forms from utopian ideas. Read course program


A course on mobility, infrastructure quality and its potential of urban development, with a focus on the bicycle as transportation.
Movement is a big part of our everyday life. How we move has changed drastically over the past 100 years. Planning where the machine (car) is in the center belongs to a strong industrial tradition that creates unhealthy cities, where the humans are inferior to the machine’s dominant systems. Now, the industrial city is dead. We believe in a future of cities build on other ideals, focusing more on the individual’s needs, feelings and experiences. How do we move in the future? In everyday life? In the landscape? In the world? Read course program. 


The role of the architect carries a wide range of responsibilities on how matter gets transformed to give a shape to the collective project of mankind. But gone is the time when the pinnacle of creativity was to cover the undefined, and define volumes amidst the chaos ; we now acknowledge that the built environment is as living, transformed, dismantled, reused and torn down as the environment it occupies. And not only do we have to help choosing how matter gets transformed, but also what for, adding the duty of making clarity out of complexity. This masterclass will attempt to get past the worn-out framing of this apparent struggle between order and chaos, signal and noise, alignment and disorder, making and wasting. We will see the act of making as a perennial effort to accommodate the irresistible entropy in our environment – built or occupied – in the most graceful way. Read course program.