Design Studio

Patterns of Interaction

Autumn 2018 –

Sustainable Space Making Across Scales


Digital design is driven by thinking in structures and systems, translated into pattern of order and their interaction. The studio is an introduction into such design thinking and emphasizes the exploration of spatial organizational  pattern in various levels of abstraction and scale through the integration of computational methods and digital workflows.


Since autumn 2018, the studio is organized as joint studio between the professorships of Design of Structures and Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism as well as the Singapore University of Technology and Design. It explores performative qualities of organizational patterns on various architectural scales. By viewing the city not anymore as a collection of independent objects but rather as a systemic network of relationships the studio investigates new design strategies to engage with the surrounding urban and green systems and transform these concepts into an articulated landscape as new urban typology grounded in social and environmental sustainability. Computational methods and techniques are utilizedd to study the relation between buildings, the city and landscape and its underlying flows of different data streams like, people, material and culture, urban green. This knowledge is used to speculate on new types of urban sustainability aiming at the connection of urban and green systems for future cities.


The studio is organized as an experimental design lab. Studio teaching is supported by intense skill building workshops as well as reading & discussion rounds. The course is aiming at the rethinking of fundamentals of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture and serves as starting point for a thesis research.


Teaching team: Prof. Toni Kotnik, Prof. Pia Fricker, Luka Piskorec, Kane Borg (all Aalto) and Prof. Carlos Banon (SUTD)