D.I.Y. Paradigm Shift

Master Studio


The studio is interested in understanding the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) phenomenon as a horizontal learning tool for self-organized, self-sustained, self-governed, and self-built urban environments. It revolves around the idea of self-produced knowledge, often considered non-professional, amateur, vernacular, primitive, or even ugly by architectural discourse. While largely understood as a Western phenomenon, prevailing in the form of “how-to” tutorials, the reemergence of neglected indigenous knowledge sources e.g. as seen in the book “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity” (Graeber & Wengrow), emphasizes the urgency of not overlooking other non-academic knowledge sources for future planning. The “Paradigm Shift” is already taking place. We aim to bring these dichotomies together in the form of a free and experimental studio. Teaching self-taught knowledge entails the complicated task of unlearning, allowing us to move past our previous education. That is why we would encourage open and motivated students to apply. The studio will facilitate horizontal discussions exploring the history of countercultures, queer ecologies, non-normative living communities, and indigenous knowledge as experiences with the potential for collective learning.

Team: Prof. Jörg Stollmann / WiMi Veljko Marković

When: Thrusday and/or Friday | 10:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Where: A816

First session: 18.04.2024 | 10:00 Uhr