Water as a guest/M1


Resting on the Ahr/M1

high water © John Frederick M O'Halloran

Since the flash flood in July 2021, work has been underway in the Ahr Valley to rebuild. Many areas along the river have been newly designated as flood zones and may no longer be built over. With an increasing likelihood of natural disasters, the question is whether architecture itself should not be able to respond resiliently to extreme weather events.

At the interface between the river, regional road, and bike path, a new guest and rest infrastructure is to be planned along the Ahr River. A new infrastructure of arrival and gathering as a novel replacement for a ruined traditional facility. A place where residents from the nearby surroundings can meet and celebrate, but at the same time where travelers from further away can find peace. A place where the proximity of the vineyards and that of the river become an experience. But the danger of flooding remains.

Can the typology of the hostel take on a new meaning in the context of natural disasters? Does it require a change in architecture? How does one deal with shelter and exposure? Does the program adapt to the flood, does the architecture change? Does the facility try to resist the flood with all its might or does it react 'softly'? We will explore these questions in a cooperation between the Department Bauplan, the Department of Visual Arts and the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management

Introduction and excursion: 04.04.2023, 09:00 - 18:00, Ahrtal (exact information directly after the place allocation - excursion costs approx. 50 Euro per person)

Supervision: Tuesdays | 09:00 - 18:00 | as announced

Workshops: Tuesdays | 09:00 - 18:00 | R215-217

 Univ.-Prof. Sabine Brück-Dürkop Prof. i.V. Fred Humblé  Prof. Thomas Schmitz  Dasha Kuletskaya, Michael Dolinski, Olga Cobușcean  Adrian Fischer