Impromptu Design


Paris s'éveille... Reinventing Paris... Slogans of this kind currently describe highly interesting urban transformation processes, which are to be read against the backdrop of a rapidly increasing demand for living space and (climate)politically motivated adaptation measures.

In this climate of urban redevelopment, highly interesting positions are emerging in residential architecture. A generation of French architects such as Bruther, Muoto and l'AUC, among others, is acting in the sense of a "New Realism", as the architecture magazine ARCH+ describes it in the issue of the same name: "New Realism here means the appropriation and transformation of reality through architecture - and thus its social and political connotation entirely in the tradition of French Realism. (...) The quality of the (...) social housing projects presented nevertheless makes one almost incomprehensible - and curious." Reason enough to examine these tendencies in an excursion and a impromptu design workshop.

The impromptu design workshop takes place primarily within the framework of the housing excursion to Paris. It is a co-teaching course together with the urban design course of the same name (led by Angelika Psenner) and will be carried out in collaboration with the architecture universities ENSA La Villette and ENSA Belleville. We will explore the city together and design on site. We will get an insight into Parisian urban planning and housing practice through APUR (Atelier parisien d'urbanisme), LAN (Umberto Napolitano), Hamonic+Masson and Nouvelle AOM Chartier-Dalix (all requested). 

2h, 2.5 ECTS
via Zoom
Introduction date: 17.05.2021 via Zoom

Excursion date: June/July 2021, approx. 9 days in Paris (subject to the Covid situation allowing the holding of an excursion).

Excursion costs: approx. 350 euros accommodation, approx. 150 euros travel costs
03.05. - 10.05.2021 with portfolio (max. 10MB) by email to
Examination modalities
Proof of performance is provided by participation in the excursion, project work in the workshops and the presentation of the concept and design in the final presentation on site in Paris.

The impromptu design workshop will be limited in time (apart from an introduction date in Vienna) exclusively to the period of the excursion to Paris. In walks, workshops and presentation dates, relevant urban planning topics will be discussed, researched and treated in design assignments in collaboration with ENSA Belleville/ENSA La Villette.