As if we were at the end or the beginning... The progress of tabloid journalism, atmospheric overwhelming, the stress of society and the inequality of aspects of global existence are forcing various forums to formulate increasingly harder elementary questions. The need for change collides with repeatedly posed permanent doubts and insecurities as well as with the discipline of architecture and its academic environment. The utter goal of the atelier is a permanent testing of new methods of designing and of architectural strategies, an investigation of the duality of the notions "architecture" versus "ambience” and review of architectural thinking in new beginnings. This means a completely new mind thread that provides the ability to define architecture as a 3D expression of the cultural image. In this concept, studio uses experiment as an instrument of architectural research. By the series of strategic attempts it redefines marginal and not clearly defined topics of current architecture and an acknowledged society. Studio offers new impulses of perception of the architecture as open and living discipline to the academic and everyday scene.
Head of Studio:
prof.ak.arch. Imrich Vaško
Leads the Studio III at the VŠUP in Prague since autumn 2011. He is a Graduate of Prof. Dušana Kuzmu (1983). After his return from Fulbright Scholarship at the Yale University in 1991 he set up the Laboratory of Architecture at the VŠVU. In 1998 he acted as a guest professor at the Rhode Island's School of Design. He lectured at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, RICE, Cornell University, CCNY, Universität für angewandte Kunst and Akademie der bildenden Kunst in Vienna. He also co-organized international architectural forums with Daniel Libeskind, Greg Lynn, Monika Mitášova, Marian Zervan and others. He co-operated with Jan Tabor and Wolf D. Prix on project WI:BRA. Amongst his focuses are conceptual and visionary architecture, urbanism, installations and he deals with the tendencies of central European architecture and the Parallel modernism. He is the co-author of joined exposition of Czech and Slovak republic at the 7th Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2000. He also had a solo exhibition at the Fragner Gallery in 2001.
MgA. Martin Gsandtner, M.Sc.
Is an architect and teaching assistant professor at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He taught at the Academy of fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2008 - 2011) as assistant professor in the Laboratory of Architecture. He focuses on the research of interactive design processes at the intersection of morphomimetic and genetic design computation; algorithmic based reflections; performative soundscape nexus and computer aided manufacturing. He graduated from the Academy of fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2007), studied one year Conducting & Composition of 20th/21st Century at the KONS Conservatory in Vienna (2011) and Postgraduate Programm from dieAngewandte in Vienna (2010), where he continues in the Doctoral Programm. He collaborated with various offices, co-operated as a tutor at international workshops (Theatre Architecture: Visons and Possibilities, Ljubljana; Urbanity: Twenty years later, Prague; Biennale "Austria Under Construction", Venice), received awards as a co-author (Camera Obscura, Bratislava; Římske náměstí, Brno), exhibited as a co-author at KéK 100 rooms x 100 models (Budapest) and had a solo exhibition (2012) at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague.