Theme - Winter School International Research and Education


The immense acceleration of architecture’s evolution merely depends on the interdisciplinary character of the discipline and its progressive transformation of practice. Its explicit character to criticism, inspection and reflection enhances its dialectical evolution. This dialectical evolution emphasizes the innovative character of the discipline. Innovation addresses aspects of imagination and creativity. Architectural design studio introduces the channels that architectural students can use to achieve creativity and aesthetic decision making in architectural design.

In that sense architectural design studio should introduce key evolutionary mechanisms of design. The interdisciplinary, character of the discipline enhances the innovative feature of the discipline. Different design strategies and approaches develop in the studio due to national identity, cultural identity, social identity and intellectual background of schools of architecture.  The richness of this variety is a challenge to introduce new educational practices and new design strategies.

To facilitate the development of innovative practices in architectural education and to support the development of ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning WIRE 2014 aims to develop and promote interdisciplinary approaches for the integration of art and design studio. This issue is mostly neglected or not considered in the curriculum in higher education. So, this IP aims to provide specific design studios that will focus on art and architectural design. Such an experience will help students and academics to get involved in an interdisciplinary search both for discovering new design methods and also new presentation methods in architectural studio.

WIRE 2014 is expected to constitute a familiarity to the educational approaches between the partner schools. Besides the teaching staff of the partner institutions, invited lecturers, keynote speakers and roving critics from architecture and also from other professions and academic backgrounds such as art, philosophy, sociology and urban planning will enhance the interdisciplinary quality of this IP.

New approaches in architecture are consciously internalized and shared by the community by means of art. In other words art is a tool for understanding and interpreting the innovative and creative features of architecture. Recent developments in architecture, radical innovations of design are discussed, evaluated and internalized by means of art issues. It creates a communicative environment and also a reflexive medium. The existence of this communicative environment that promotes the integration of the community and architecture creates a successful feedback which is significant and crucial for the evolution of the discipline.

This interdisciplinary theme has chosen as art and design. In relation to major issues on the agenda of architecture, the tools of contemporary art open up many more possible channels to architectural creativity.  The theme will be declared to the students in advance. In so doing, students will be provided with authentic/actual contexts.

 The theme and the program are left to the students to work out, thus exploring the relation between the two fundamentals of architecture; theory and practice. The final products of the specific design studio under the umbrella theme art, can be the design of an art object, an installation related with space, an installation related with the urban landscape, an urban artifact, a video presentation or a movie etc.,


The subject of WIRE 2014 will be the design of an architectural stage and to perform the theatrical scene/play or dance.

The task will be the design of an abstract model of an episode of a theatre/ a film/ a story/ a novel/ a musical performance or a poem. The abstraction of the stage in the original story in terms of architecture will be an experimentation of a theatrical installation. This theatrical installation is an experimental design process which aims to engage students in theoretical, social, spatial and material issues in architecture while producing and exhibiting an architectural stage. In other words this topic is expected to create a different medium for portraying architectural stage which is an integral part of an architectural production. This experimental process will provide a ground to investigate, to discuss and to experience previously un-imagined, un-experienced and un-established manifestations of an architectural stage for exhibiting architecture.

The design of such an architectural stage will be the demonstration of an architectural installation which embodies the practice of experimentation. The practice of experimentation distinguishes architectural installation from art installation. Designing 1:1architectural stage in the studio will offer such a possibility for the experimentation of theatrical events or performances and spaces. So, after designing the architectural stage, students are expected to perform the theatrical scene. Inclusion of students in the performance with an active role will also engage them the experimentation of architecture.

Consequently, designing and constructing the architectural stage in the studio and performing the theatrical event will be the main tasks of WIRE 2014. Under this theme Wire aims to introduce a new approach to widen the architectural/urban perception by presenting unusual means of architectural expression and concentrating on social and spatial interpretation. As it is mentioned in the objectives such an experience will help students and academics to get involved in an interdisciplinary search both for discovering new design methods and also new presentation methods in architectural studio. Materiality of the final product will be decided by the studio conductor due to his/her sub-theme and experiences.

Studio conductors are free to choose the type of the performance or play. They are even free to write a text for a theatrical event or a performance by themselves. On the first day of the winter school studio conductors are going to announce the main topic (the story or the performance) and ask their students to design and make an abstract architectural model of the stage of an episode from the chosen story.

After the development of conceptual models (as scaled digital and/or draft models) the groups will start the construction of real models. The final presentation of each group will be the 1/1 construction of the architectural stage.


The studio medium will be fed by lectures, seminars, key notes of studio conductor(s) besides of invited professionals, academics and some governmental representatives if possible. Also this IP proposes daily workshops based on hands on art studio conducted by creative artists from different disciplines and academic backgrounds. It aims to develop experiences on a wide range of art issues such as; visual arts, digital arts; photography, video presentation workshop, film making etc. It aims to enhance innovation in architectural design and education. Innovation questions the way things are done and requires an argument transcends the mere concerns and competencies of architecture. Innovation requires theory. So, IP aims to organize theoretical lectures on different art issues. In that sense the contribution of IP will be to establish awareness, consciousness and sensitivity in architectural design studio by experiencing hands on art workshops and lectures. To support the innovative character of the studios and workshops, thematic exhibitions, panel discussions and conferences will be organized.

In the work program, on the 4th and 5th and also on the 6th day there will be lectures on interdisciplinary design issues that will support the theoretical discussions.

Groups will be arranged ensuring the balance in composition. At the end of every studio day groups will have discussion on the findings and evolution of the day. Roving critics will be invited to enrich the discussion medium of the studios. All students will be offered extensive use of computer network enhancing the learning experience.

The direct beneficiaries are firstly 54 students of the partner institutions and 30 students of the coordinating institution. They will be credited a 3 ects elective course.

Students that have completed at least two and a half year of undergraduate study, have good marks, are recommended by the contact person of each institution are welcome in the program. The level of the target group is the end of the first cycle (BA).

Secondly, 18 teachers from 9 institutions are direct beneficiaries as their costs will be covered and they will get a standard part-time lecture payment for their contribution in teaching in Winter School, WIRE 2014. The lectures are selected based on their field of interest, their academic qualifications, and their documented will of participating in the IP, their communication skills, and their importance as leaders of the students.


WIRE 2014 studios will be materialized within GUFA Architecture Department studios, lecture rooms, exhibition corridors and conference halls. Program committee and organization committee of the project are constituted by the academic staff of the department. All preparation, implementation and follow-up stages are worked out by these committees. During the implementation of the project, participant students and professors are offered to benefit free all the facilities of the organization, such as cafeteria, library, photocopying, printing materials, wireless internet connection, transportation to and from the field work, health care centre and first aid facilities etc. During the preparation and follow up of the project correspondence to the partnering institutions and national agency are provided by the organizations International Relations Office. The project will be announced in the web site of the organization besides its own web site. Administrative staffs are also commissioned to meet the requests of the participators regarding the perfect management of affairs. Organization is also responsible of evaluation, dissemination and recording of the whole event and the final publications.