TEaching



SEMINAR PROJECT TU BERLIN
May 8.-July 17, 2015 –MAKE NO EMPTY SPACE


Something Fantastic Make No Empty Space


"Make no empty space" will think about the ideal representation of ideas via graphic means.
"Make no empty space" is a call for thoughtful action.
"Make no empty space" wants to highlight the work produced at the TU BERLIN
in the best possible way being responsible for the "Jahresausstellung".
"Make no empty space" will be structured as follows:

13th of April, 6pm: Application for Participation: Bring an image or an artifact of a graphic work you liked
and explain why it spoke to you. 12 candidates will be chosen.
8th of Mai, 10am: Lecture on Exhibition Design
15th of Mai, 6pm: Lecture on Graphic Design
16th of Mai, 9:30am – 7pm: Workshop plus Idea Presentation
13th of June, 9:30am – 7pm: Refinement Presentations 14th of June to
17th of July: Execution of Exhibition

Additional Lectures by guests to be announced, Mondays 6pm in regular intervals





SUMMER SCHOOL RIO DE JANEIRO
March 9.-16. 2015 – TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

The workshop Tropical Architecture in the Anthropocene addresses the correlation between man-made and natural environments
and investigates construction technologies for low-cost housing proto-types within tropical climate.

Besides the development of climate-adapted constructions the workshop will also test practices that combine
housing infrastructures with natural systems (such as green roofs, climate adapted ventilation, new construction materials, etc.).
The results of the workshop will serve for the preparation of a low-cost pilot project in the Amazon region
that is aiming at innovating the Brazilian mass housing program Minha Casa, Mina Vida.


The program is initiated and directed by Rainer Hehl and Something Fantastic
in collaboration with Nanda Eskes in collaboration with TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, Hybrid Platform (UdK and TU Berlin),
Instituto CASA, PUC Rio de Janeiro and Studio-X Rio de Janeiro.






MAS URBAN DESIGN ETH ZURICH
HS 2014/SS 2015 – RESISTANCE, RELEVANCE, RESILIENCE


Kairo Something Fantastic Charlotte Malterre Barthes ETHZ


Something Fantastic is happy to announce that Charlotte Malterre Barthes has joined
the core teaching team of MAS Urban Design, directing the course's focus on Cairo, Egypt.

In a global context where architects have been loosing ground to both informal modes
of construction
and to the speculative real-estate sector, this program conducts a reflection
towards a defiant repositioning of our discipline against its eroding leverage.

(1)RESISTANCE: Reacting/ Rebellious/ Urgent/ Insurgent/ Opposing/
Defiant Investigating the role of design in the production of urban space, and the position of designers
in market-driven development logics, the underlying mechanisms of brutal urbanization that have led
to untenable situations of spatial and social injustice will be identified.
(2)RELEVANCE: Significant/ Pertinent/ Substantial/ Momentous/ Meaningful/
With the idea to re-radicalize the design field, the program's goal is in a second phase, to generate tactics
that should reposition architecture as a relevant and central method to making the city.
(3) RESILIENCE: Rebound/ Robust/ Spirited/ Durable/ Enduring/ Flexible/ Buoyant/
Because the program is addressing the challenges of the profession faced on all fronts by forces of urbanization,
resilience is a theme to be explored not as the over worn concept of sustainability but as a framework
for an ethical, social, political practice of architecture and urban design.

The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design
that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments. This year's course
focuses on the comparably sophisticated informal building industry of Cairo, its economic mechanisms and challenges.
How can a city like Cairo develop and grow despite an extreme scarcity of fertile, well-connected land?





MINHA CASANOSSA CIDADE!
Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil


Something Fantastic ETHZ MInha Casa Nossa Cidade

In 2009, Brazil launched the mass housing program "Minha Casa, Minha Vida" ("My House, My Life"),
which aims to build 3.4 million housing units by the end of 2014.

By reexamining the program at a critical time, Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade ("My House, Our City")
attempts to hack the production of mass housing and tackle the profound social changes currently underway in Brazil.
In three chapters, the book reviews the history and implementation of the government program, highlights
the ingenuity of "Popular Brazilian Architecture," and presents design proposals by MAS Urban Design for low-cost housing.

Building on the program's success in broadening access to housing, Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade puts forth a vision for the city
as a common project and the transformation of monotonous urban areas into popular neighborhoods
—living environments that can be appropriated according to individual as well as collective needs.



Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade
Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil
Ruby Press, 2014
English, 496 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
ISBN 978-3-944074-09-2





MAS URBAN DESIGN ETH ZURICH
HS 2013/SS 2014 – THE GROWING HOUSE


Something Fantastic ETH Mumbai teaching

Something Fantastic is happy to announce that another year of teaching the MAS Urban Design
at Marc Angelil's chair at ETH Zurich is going to start soon.

The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design
that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments and diverse situations.
This year's course is going to operate within- and compare two different contexts: India and Brazil.
The focus thereby lies on the principle of the Growing House, an alternative concept of the production and use of buildings
and its specific potential
within informally built neighborhoods.

The program is going to be held by Something Fantastic in collaboration with Anne Fenk, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Rainer Hehl
with excursions to India in autumn 2013 and Brazil in spring 2014.






MAS URBAN DESIGN ETH ZURICH
HS 2012/SS 2013 Architettura Popular Brasileira


Something Fantastic_ETH Zurich


Something Fantastic is happy to announce that another year of teaching the MAS Urban Design
at Marc Angelil's chair at ETH Zurich together with Rainer Hehl has just started.

The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design that have a special interest
in practicing within informal territories and environments. This year's course focuses on the popular as a phenomenon but also
as means to introduce new kinds of architectures in the informal context in particular and developing contexts in general.

The course is going to investigate patterns and mechanisms of the popular to understand and make use of its potentials.
Next to a three week excursion that includes collaborations and meetings with institutions, organizations and planners on site in
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the course includes a research focus on small-scale technologies and prototypes to be introduced
in the field of action, as well as two design tasks both on building and urban scale.

As the goal is to imbed the designers ambitions in regard to the aesthetic, social and ecological development
of the world in the popular culture and the natural environment, a focus is put on communicating the ideas in presentions
in front of decision makers on site, in a book publication (follow up of Building Brazil and Cidade de Deus - City of God)
and in exhibitions (last two years: USA, Singapore, Brazil).

The course is bridging between idealistic ideas and the urgency for immediate action.





CIDADE DE DEUS–CITY OF GOD
Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil


Something Fantastic City of God ETHZ

Cidade de Deus serves as the inspiration and case study for Cidade de Deus – City of God,
a widely relevant study of the appropriation and customization of standardized mass housing over time.

The once-notorious favela in Rio de Janeiro, which grew out of a government-housing program,
is today a safe and vibrant neighborhood and a viable counter model to gated condominiums.
This research-based design study by the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design program at the ETH Zurich
unpacks the implications of Cidade de Deus' hybrid environment, as it exists today. What results is a model
for improving mass housing programs using the ingenuity of informal practices
—a model applicable not just in Brazil, but world-wide.

Cidade de Deus – City of God
Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil
Ruby Press, 2013
English, 352 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
ISBN 978-3-944074-02-3





THE WORLD IS NOT FAIR – 2012
Lecture and Discussion at Institut für Raumexperimente's Tempelhof outpost



Something Fantastic_Tempelhof

Something Fantastic was invited by Eric Ellingsen of Olafur Eliasson's Institut für Raumexperimente
to take part in their program at the Worlds Fair at Flugfeld Tempelhof.
Something Fantastic not only presented some of their latest book projects and took part in the discussions
but also cooked Espressos with the solar cooker of the Dumpling Express.
They failed baking Amarettini on it.





BUILDING BRAZIL!
Proactive Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements


Sofa Building Brazil!

In Building Brazil!, the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design program at the ETH Zürich turns its
attention to the settlements blanketing the hills of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

As cities strain under a growing population and demand for resources, Brazil will provide a test case
for how politicians, architects and urban planners can work together with local stakeholders to improve living conditions
in informal settlements without upsetting their social structures. Against the backdrop of recent and exemplary
developments in Brazilian public policy and slum-upgrading practices, Building Brazil! puts forth a proactive approach
to the favela that opens up the existing urban fabric to architectural and urban interventions.

Shifting between micro and macro levels of analysis, Building Brazil! investigates the way forward for the favelas
of Jardim Colombo, Heliópolis, Cidade Ipava and Rio das Pedras. Practical design solutions for informal, risk-prone
areas are situated within overarching urban strategies; and context-specific projects are complemented by
editorials on the spatial, social and financial dynamics of the informal Brazilian city.

At once specific and general, particular and allegorical, Building Brazil! reflects on the problems
and prospects of a rapidly urbanizing world.

Building Brazil!
Proactive Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements
Ruby Press, Forthcoming 2011
English, 464 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
ISBN 978-3-9813436-4-9





COURSE POSTERS

The Science of Science (Lernen lernen durch Fragen fragen)
Universität der Künste Berlin


Something Fantastic Seminar Part 2



SoFa Lec 4
SoFa Lec 4



SoFa Science of Science Lec 1 SoFa Sience of Science Lec 1
SoFa Science of Science Lec 1


The The Science of Science – Lernen lernen durch Fragen fragen was thought by Schubert, Schütz and
Streich at the University of the Arts Berlin during 2010 and 2011. On a didactic level the class tried to reduce the
inhibition threshold of the students in the pursuit of getting their own questions answered. On a content level it investigated
ways of gaining knowledge on fields that are not considered part of the architecture discipline as such but nevertheless
are instrumental from the view point of Something Fantastic: The belief that architecture is affected by everything
and vice versa does affect everything is the basis of their claim that working as architects today involves a
general interest and involvement in the world.

Their current course at the MAS UD at ETH Zürich entitled "Technology Exchange" builds
upon the same principals and tries to produce, invent or transfer smart, touching, simple technologies
to informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.