Master’s degree programme in Architecture Design Studio WS 2016‐2017
Professor: Peter Staub
Assistant: Georgia Papathanasiou
Urban Design for Coexistence, São Paulo, Brazil.
Schindler Global Award 2017
During the Winter Semester 2014‐15 Studio Staub successfully participated in the first Schindler Global Award. Out of 250 entries from around the world, the project by Martina Michalik and Hana Plescakova was selected among 12 finalists. During an award ceremony in Shenzhen, China, they were awarded USD 5’000 for their visionary proposal.
This semester, Studio Staub/ Papathanasiou will participate again, still pursuing the same unconventional urban design approach that has led to our previous success in this 2 / 2 competition. Following a bottom‐up strategy starting from small scale pop‐up interventions we will develop a framework and later scenarios for an appropriate and visionary transformation of this complex site in São Paulo.
Competition website: http://www.schindler.com/award/internet/en/global‐schindler‐award.html
Extract from the competition brief:
“The 2017 competition site is in São Paulo, the main economic engine of Brazil and most populous city in South America. With a population of twelve million and more than twenty million people in the metropolitan region, the city is well established and embedded in global flows of resources, people, and power. The city faces challenges at all scales, and the competition asks students to address them using urban design frameworks and strategies. The competition site is centered on the CEAGESP (Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais de São Paulo) wholesale market, along with its surrounding neighborhood and infrastructures. The CEAGESP will be relocated by the city in the coming years, freeing up a substantial part of the city for redevelopment and change. Its location in the center of São Paulo offers the potential for forward‐thinking approaches to the creation of a new centrality within the city, connected and integrated into the local and regional context.” (Schindler Global Award Competition Brief, p. 3)
“Four essential topics are meant to guide proposals, and serve as the benchmarks for the evaluation of entries. Students are free to define additional considerations, but the following topics should be used to ensure holistic designs:
1. Regional and local urban design impact
2. Mobility and public space integration
3. Urban living, urban economy and creation of jobs
4. Cultural, social and architectural heritage
An international jury of renowned experts will evaluate the entries and allocate awards, with a total prize sum of 105,000 USD.” (Schindler Global Award Competition Brief, p. 6)
Schindler Global Award Competition Brief:
The design studio is at the heart of the programme. Over the course of a semester, an architectural proposal is formulated. In this detailed investigation, the design process is as important as the result. In workshops with experts from a variety of creative fields, as well as in one-to-one desk critiques and public events and exhibitions, a project is emerging. Both digital and analogue design- and manufacturing techniques, ranging from 2D to 4D are used to achieve innovative visual and spatial representations of theoretical positions, constantly challenging the norm and questioning the status quo.