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"Call for Participants: Bauhaus Kolleg III Serve City 2001-02 - Work, Living, and Communication in the Space of Flows; Sydney, Australia"
2001-04-15 until 2001-07-13
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Dessau, , DE Germany

The Bauhaus Kolleg is currently soliciting applications for its third consecutive, post-graduate, certificate program called serve city to be conducted September 20, 2001 to September 13, 2002.  Concentrating on several project sites surrounding the vast harborfront of Sydney, Australia, serve city shall explore the social and spatial theories and implications of the global services network.  It shall also deliver through transdisciplinary practice experimental design concepts, proposals, and products for the emerging service-oriented topology of the 21st century serve city.”

Theme and Inquiry

The transformation of urban working and living patterns and circumstances effected by the global proliferation of services and telecommunication shall be the main theme for the Bauhaus Kolleg III 2001-02.  The increasing merging of services and telecommunication accelerates the space of flows between trade, commerce, information, social bonds, and cultural traditions.  New media and economic activity increasingly blur the borders between the workplace, dwelling, and leisure time-space.

As private and public space become conflated or merged, what spatial and architectural forms are suitable for the emerging heterogeneous modes of living and workingNULL  How might such forms transform the shape of the city and experience of urban livingNULL

Context and Project

Having just become the proverbial global event city during the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia, simultaneously offers a paradigmatic and unique environment in which to confront the physical, social, and economic imperatives of the evolving global service society. Competing with the network of urban centers located within the Pacific Rim, Sydney has successfully attracted a wide range of service industries during the past decade.  The tourist industry and the multitude of related services as well as corporate headquarters and luxury residences have concentrated in high-rise buildings surrounding the harborfront of the Central Business District (CBD).  Stretching beyond the CBD and the water’s edges are swaths of low and medium density suburban residential and commercial districts.  The representative lifestyles of these disparate urban typologies are closely related to a kind of leisure-oriented urban hedonism afforded by the city's iconographic natural and built topologies.  Contrastingly, peripheral industrial terrains, interstitial grounds reclaimed for the Olympics, and marginalized neighborhoods form the service economy's back yard,” hardly benefiting from the brilliance of its ongoing spectacle.

This urban landscape of divergent geographies shall serve as the setting for exploring the service economy and its spatial and architectonic representations.  In particular, the Kolleg shall focus on several disparate territories spanning the Sydney harborfront currently primed for redevelopment.  The Kolleg endeavors to offer experimental architectural, urban design, planning, and product design concepts and proposals for future dwelling and workplace typologies featuring innovations for serve city and its social and spatial cohesion.

Approach and Schedule

The project and program of study shall comprise trimesters focusing on theoretical investigations (first term), conceptual urban design (second term), and design development (third term), as follows: Theory: Service E-conomy
September 20, 2001 to November 30, 2001

The ongoing spatial, social, and experiential urban transformations unleashed by the emerging media and service e-conomy” and its milieus, the new forms of organizational culture, and the heterogeneous modes of working and living are the essential serve city trends proffered for theoretical and empirical analysis, interpretation, and representation.  Some of the strategies and tactics shall include diagrammatic analyses of quotidian time-space geographies as well as reportage and investigations into the socioeconomic and sociocultural topologies of the urban fabric. These comprehensive examinations shall lay the foundation for the design process of subsequent trimesters.

2. Trimester:
Architecture: Urban Servicescapes
February 14, 2002 to May 11, 2002

The prevailing architectural strategies of the service economy are marked by a shift from the formation of urban space as a container or stage for a multitude of interchangeable functions and activities to space that materializes in service of programmed functions and activities.  Typically, buildings are hermetically sealed off from the urban fabric while interior spaces service specified functions related to working, consuming, living, and leisure.  As a result, surface becomes the landscape and architecture of the city.

Accordingly, access, exchange, and plasticity shall serve as the foundational criteria for defining and designing the space of flows of servicescapes” spanning the Sydney harborfront. The aim shall be to develop architectural models that reflexively accommodate the transformations of workplace and dwelling, landscape and place.

Dwelling as Interface
June 20, 2002 to September 13, 2002

Whereas Trimester 2 shall ostensibly focus on the architecture and servicescapes of the city, Trimester 3 shall be dedicated to developing media and product designs that could transcend the interfaces of dwelling and workplace, the inside and out, the local and the global.  Electronic media and telecommunication services such as the internet create these interfaces, virtually perforating building walls, dissolving fixed floor plans, and altering modes of living.  Electronic banking and e-commerce services, for instance, internalize services formerly linked to quasi-public buildings.  Concomitantly, there is an ongoing externalization and outsourcing of activities traditionally bound to the home such as meal preparation, cleaning and childcare, and activities fostering health and well being.

In general, we are witnessing the transformation of traditional consumer goods into more complex service products enriched by telecommunication services and electronic media.  What designs are fitting and captivating for these complex service productsNULL  How can we conceptualize dwelling and housing as the interface of heterogeneous forms of living and the possibilities offered by information service technologiesNULL

Application and Information

Who should apply Selection process and deadline

The annual application and selection process begins in the spring; applications for the full-year program to begin in September are due on July 13, 2001.  A selection committee of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation reviews all applications and selects approximately 25 participants.  Depending on program capacity, applicants may also be considered for individual trimesters.

Housing and resources

The participants either reside at the studio wing of the historic Bauhaus Building or at the Bauhaus in-town residence, an apartment building 15 minutes away by tram.  At the in-town residence, the rent for double-occupancy furnished apartments with full kitchen and bathroom is 160 € per month per person.  There is also a limited availability of furnished one-bedroom apartments with full kitchen and bathroom for 240 € per month. Degree and tuition

The Bauhauszertifikat is conferred on those who successfully complete the program.  Tuition fees are 1600 € per trimester, not including expenses for travel, supplies, and work materials. The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation provides a limited number of need- and skill-based grants and tuition waivers in support of participants providing specialized expertise, particularly in the disciplines of new media and information technology.  Financial need must be demonstrated by submitting a copy of the applicant’s latest income tax form or a comparable personal financial statement.

Inquiries and application procedure

Please submit the following mandatory information and materials in application to the Bauhaus Kolleg III serve city by July 13, 2001.

Personal Information

• Full Name
• Date of Birth
• Place of Birth
• Nationality and Passport Number
• Permanent Address (Number, Street, City, Postal Code, Country)
• Current Address (Number, Street, City, Postal Code, Country)
• Telephone Numbers (Home, Work)
• E-mail Address

Academic and Professional Credentials

• Proof of English Proficiency
• Schools Attended (Names of Institutions, Dates Attended, Degrees Conferred)
• Employment History (Positions, Employers, Employers’ Full Address and Telephone Numbers, Dates of Employment)
• Awards, Memberships, Publications

Supporting Materials

• Portfolio
• Résumé
• Statement of Interest (i.e., a 250-word essay in English describing applicant's interest in interdisciplinary study and practice and potential contribution to serve city)

Please make inquiries and submit the information requested above via e-mail and/or postal service to the following.

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Ute Lenssen
Project Manager

Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau

Tel:  ++49 (0)340-6508-402
Fax: ++49 (0)340-6508-404
E-mail: lenssen@bauhaus-dessau.de

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