Learning from Berlin

The „Learning from Berlin“ seminar dealt with two historical reference points to study the current urban quality of Berlin: the „Learning from Las Vegas“ seminar on the one hand, and the teaching methods of the Black Mountain College on the other hand. In 1968, the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown from Yale University made the city of Las Vegas the subject of their research. Photography, films and interviews created by their students, documented the new urban way of life. Starting from this impulse, the seminar „Learning from Berlin“ focused on several talks with creatives and journalists from Stuttgart and Berlin as well as two excursions to Frankfurt a. M. and Berlin. What makes the creative output of this city so incomparable? Inspired by the methods of Black Mountain College (1933-56), which was located near Asheville, the seminar wanted to explore interdisciplinary ways of thinking and working and to support the students‘ self-determined and self-organized practice beyond all well-known university patterns.

supervised by Dr. Holger Lund

 

 

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