AR0207 | AREA Design Studio

Title:  AREA design studio
Course code: AR0207
Offered in: Fall and Spring semester Q3 - Q4
Project type:
Approved Master 2 Architecture design project: Yes
Project includes an educational trip / excursion: Yes, voluntary

It is a well-known fact that the world we inhabit today is facing an uncertain future. Whilst billions of people worldwide are still struggling to provide for their basic needs of shelter, health and income, our planet is suffering from environmental degradation, resource depletion and climate change.

The AREA studio will focus on the built environment’s role in this uncertain future. How do we really design strong and resilient communities to mitigate the uncertainties that lie ahead, and how do we minimise, or even reverse, the current detrimental trends caused by our current way of living and building?

The core guidance of the studio will be the Framework for a Resilient Built Environment, which takes inspiration from internationally acclaimed economist Kate Raworth’s idea of ‘Doughnut Economics’ and the ‘safe space for humanity’ which was also the base of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Key to the framework, and the topic of the studio, is designing for a built environment with a holistic approach to social, environmental and economical sustainability necessary for human resilience.

Students will be invited to investigate and design for a site of their own fascination and choice (which could also be a former design project) or choose from a selection of site suggestions and projects provided by the studio to apply this integral approach of sustainable design. The AREA framework will provide guidance through multiple aspects needed for a holistic sustainable architectural design, such as socio-economics, health, mobility, material cycles and life-times, energy and disaster resilience. Part of the curriculum will also be to have a critical eye to global trends, essential for designing for a better future.

Profound research on local context
is essential to understand the intertwined complexities between social, environmental and economical sustainability. Students will therefore, have the opportunity to go on a self- funded fieldtrip for up to two weeks at their site of choice.


For questions please contact the coordinator:
Henri van Bennekom