The Chair of Complex Projects (CP) targets all scales of the architectural thinking, details, building, city, and region. Expanding the knowledge about design and dense urban areas development, broads the mind and thinking of future architects.
Complex Projects investigates settlements around the world that are ambiguous in their development and embedded in the process of globalization. Students and teachers are encouraged to look critically at their surroundings; to gather, organize, and question the complex forces that ultimately manifest themselves into our built environment. In Complex Projects we are interested in the study of different urban conditions; core or peripheral, dynamic or stagnant, traditional or without history, anonymous or famous; these are the contemporary postmodern realities we must confront as a profession.
The contemporary architect today must learn to operate within many different scales and cultural context and to see the world through many lenses: as a planner, organizer, politician, economist, philosopher, strategist, humanitarian, and visionary. The complexity of these parameters converges more into a philosophy of design which in turn enables students to unpack virtually any set of design constraints and begin to make sense of the world around them.
Jurgen Habermas once wrote, “In the process of an enlightenment there can only be participants". This concept is central to how teachers and students work together to ask critical questions and approach an increasingly complex world with increasingly demanding projects: Complex Projects.
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