Interplay of Cultures Zanzibar Studio
Interplay of Cultures studio (ARK-E2007, 10 cr), previously
known as Cities in Transition, has shifted – or expanded – from Urban Design to Building Design. Now
embracing its original name from the year of its inauguration in 1993, it
encompasses all scales of architectural design.
the Interplay of Cultures studio will take students to Zanzibar, Tanzania, to learn about the
features of a foreign culture, and to work with disadvantaged local
communities, NGO’s and city authorities. The design tasks will be outlined in
close collaboration with the City Planning Office of Zanzibar, scales varying
from areal planning to building design.
of the course is on community empowerment through participation, sustainable
design solutions and culturally knowledgeable architecture. The course includes
studies on local building traditions and materials, as well as social, economic
and climatic characteristics of the local culture.
The course aims at providing the students with a wider perspective and understanding of the processes of the architectural practice when working in various cultural contexts. It also aims at developing the students’ value system and sense of responsibility.
Studio teaching takes place on Mondays 13-17, period III-IV, spring 2018.Field trip:
A three-week field trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania, will take place in Jan-Feb 2018 (weeks 5-7). The field trip is mandatory to all participants. The costs of the field trip are on the students’ own responsibility.
Degree is a prerequisite for the course. In addition, the following courses are
Period I: WAT-E3020 State of the World and Development (2 cr)
Period II: WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment (5 cr)
Language of the course is English.
Saija Hollmén, architect, lecturer, vice dean
Helena Sandman, architect
Taru Niskanen, architect