Waldlabor – die Waldwerkstatt `21Copyright: J. Gäckle
The Forest Laboratory Cologne (Waldlabor) is an experimental field that aims to provide new insights and information about what the forest of the future will look like, how it will be used and perceived, how the effects of climate change can be reduced by certain means.
The mission for the Waldwerkstatt in the Forest Lab 21 is: Solitude - Multitude
In cooperation with the city and the Forestry Office of Cologne, design ideas can be found from the special situation on site, concepts developed and implemented on an appropriate scale. This means temporary interventions with artistic, sustainable means in the forest laboratory, designed from and with the material on site_mainly willow and poplar woods. This can be large-scale landmarks – multitudes - that have an effect far beyond the actual situation of the forest lab, but also solitudes that can be discovered on site and develop their impact in silence and in their sensitive nuances; the conception of living forest furniture and forest living rooms, as well as collaboration on the digital interface (Cyril module) are possible tasks. An exchange with students from Alanus University in Bonn/Alfter, HfWU Nürtingen, TU Munich, the Universities of Ghent and A°rhus is planned. The intensive on-site week held in previous years is questionable in its proceedings under current circumstances, but is planned for the 35th week (31.8. - 4.9.2021). A joint workshop with all participants on site can make the experiences from the individual and small group work visible and round off the seminar.
This year, the Forest Workshop project will be expanded to include a digital component, a so-called "Forest Lab Journal":
You will upload your projects (sketches, voice memos, film sequences, etc.) and observations on individual, specific in-deep projects into this prepared digital environment.
After experiencing the situation on site and letting it have an effect on you, you begin to draft design ideas, develop concepts and realize them either in single or small group work. In the process, the urgent need for togetherness and multitude or – on the other hand - the expectation of solitude in a recreational forest environment can be topic and will be realised with artistic interventions in best case. In addition to regular supervision at the RWTH, this seminar will be supported by craftsperson and responsibles on site (Forestry Office Cologne, Toyota, etc.) as well as experts from related disciplines.
- Kick-off event: Tuesday, 20.04.2021 at 14:00 hrs.
- Online support: Tuesdays 14:00-16:00
- On-site dates will be announced promptly according to all current conditions
- Submission date: Friday 10.09.2021
- Documentation of an individual design idea within the framework of the thematic field
- publish and update one's own idea and concept in the Waldlabor Journal (forest lab journal), individual documentation of the design approach
- if possible, realization on site, otherwise built a model in appropriate scale with the materials from the Waldlabor
- task can be fulfilled alone or in small groups