In response to the increasing impact of the construction industry on CO2 emissions and the disposability of certain buildings, the concept of the Anti-Monument emerges. Unlike traditional monuments, Anti-Monuments seek protection for reasons other than cultural value or beauty.
This course focuses on developing strategies to generate public interest in preserving buildings slated for demolition. Students will be assigned „ugly buildings“ and tasked with creating transformation strategies that are aesthetically pleasing, technically feasible, and financially viable. Through research, analysis, and creative problem-solving, students will explore architectural interventions, adaptive reuse, sustainable materials, and ener- gy-efficient systems.
By showcasing innovative design approaches and sustainability considerations, students will present persuasive proposals that highlight the positive impact of their strategies on cultural, social, and environmental levels. Students get the opportunity to reshape the narrative around building preservation and uncovering the hidden potential of Anti-Monuments.
The course is supervised by Prof. Jacob van Rijs as a „masterclass“. It offers the opportunity for a direct and continuous exchange between professor and student that draws on the great thematic experience of an architect and the unbiased approach of a student.