Germany, Weimar

Thinking - Making: Architecture as a Cognitive & Physical Expression

when 4 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Are Thinking and Making two extremes? Or does manual work processes have a productive function or purpose for the cognitive thought process? We want to question the systematical division of manual and intellectual work patterns in working cultures (typically known as blue collar/ white collar occupations), and at the same time, give each a spatial form. At the beginning of the course, we will assume a total segregation of the cognitive thought process and making by hand, and throughout the duration of the course, we will draw closer to other strategies.

1. Writing while thinking, and learning by doing from the material at hand:
Small exercises aimed at self-reflection on the issues of thinking and making, learning with materials taught using the preliminary course designed by Johannes Itten and applied (as of 1919 ) by former Bauhaus professors.

2. Cabinet for Thinking:
Discussion about the historical development of working cultures and contemporary debates, analysis of built architecture conceived to house spaces for concentrated thinking and understanding their characteristics, excursions to study rooms and libraries in the region of Thuringia.
In groups of two: designing a »Cabinet for Thinking« - a room for non-material thought and intellectual working patterns, work methods: composition in 3D and production using a 3D printer (no manual skills).

3. Cabinet for Making:
Analysis of places of manufacture and their characteristics, excursions to the Bauhaus-Werkstätten (Bauhaus-Workshops) and the Bauhaus-Materialbibliothek (Bauhaus-Material Library)
In groups of two: designing a »Cabinet for Making«, a room for manual work, work methods: casting techniques (all manual skills allowed), inverse thinking skills for constructing the required negative formwork (mould) will be explored.

4. Statement referring to the liaison between thinking and making:
Comparison of the findings (both cabinet models including tutorials from the start), formulating a statement that expresses findings to the liaison between thinking and making in the design process, presentation at the Open.Ateliers.

Course leader

Katharina Bonhag-De Rosa & Maurizio De Rosa

Target group

This course is directed to Bachelor as well as Master students in the fields of Architecture and Design.

Necessary equipment & prior skills:

• material: e.g. sketch book, pencils, digital camera etc.
• skills: spatial understanding, model making, drawing, interest in handcraft and brainwork, interest in Design and Architecture

Course aim

During the course participants gain awareness of cognitive thinking and manual skills in an interdisciplinary and multicultural framework. You’ll learn methods of operation (writing while thinking and learning by doing from the material at hand), expand knowledge of the history of work cultures via visitation and analysis of built references, gain insights into architectural space as an expression of thinking and making and acquire knowledge of 3D printing and cast modeling techniques as a form of expression.
These skills are suitable for all design professions, academic studies and professional vocation.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee is 700 EUR.


The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee for students is 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:


• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar