This year’s IMIAD workshop hosted by the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart in September 2010 is dedicated to the atmospheres.
The goal is to find places with an idiosyncratic set of atmospheric qualities that either transcend - or sometimes even exacerbate - the normative image of stuttgart as one of the most radical implementations of the post - war idea of a city that is appropriate for cars (“Autogerechte Stadt”). Using techniques developed by situationism, such as the derive (=spontaneous collective promenades through unchartered urban territories), students are asked to dig beyond the dominant fabric of asphalt, highways, pedestrian underpasses and the likes and look out for uncanny, hidden, and ambiguous spaces that define the identity of the city nevertheless. Once found, these spaces shall be analyzed in detail with regard to how their specific atmospheres are physically constructed - ground materials, sounds, smells, flora, uses, etc. This analysis shall be conducted in drawings, photos, and text (additionally maybe even in audio and/or video recordings). Taken all together, the findings of the field research could yield a psychographics survey of stuttgart's unconscious urban atmospheres.
To articulate the results of this survey in an intelligible form they are presented in a book, which therefore is conceived as the final medium of the workshop, that would ideally collect all efforts undertaken by the students during the project.
International Masters in Interior Architecture and Design
Faculty of Design
05-18 SEPTEMBER 2010