Virtual Studio—Digital Teaching Methods at LAO, TUM

Teaching in the context of the coronavirus COVID-1
Due to restrictions in public life, the start of the semester and the project work will not be able to take place as usual with regular personal presence at the TU Munich. Therefore, teaching at the LAO will be replaced/mainly taken out by virtual and digital teaching formats and methods in telework from home. We want to emphasize that from our point of view, learning the design methods in the study of landscape architecture ideally takes place in personal, weekly face-to-face supervision. We hope to return to this mode as soon as possible. The virtual studio is a makeshift solution with which we want to overcome the current limitations together in the best possible way.

Basics of the #Virtual Studio at LAO
Video conferences, online project rooms and digital analysis and design methods present us as project teams with many challenges: they require self-discipline and good preparation, adherence to communication rules and limitation to the essentials. Video conferences and presentations, for example, demand much more concentration from all participants. But in office practice, these formats are now anything but abnormal: Interdisciplinary project teams from different locations have to agree on work statuses and task packages at regular intervals, or you have to prepare a competition entry—without having the opportunity to travel to the respective design location.

For this reason, we also see the situation as an opportunity to understand the design projects at the LAO as open, virtual laboratories for future research and office life, with the possibility of productively generating and exchanging knowledge and designs in various digital and virtual formats. The following summary (PDF in German language) gives an overview of the planned semester schedule, necessary arrangements for course participation as well as the expected teaching formats, working methods, tools used and dates: Download PDF.

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