In two New Media courses students were working on what we called the “expanded academy”.
We had a close look at how this mix of face-to-face, online and hybrid class situations, which became real the last 3 semesters, has influenced our awareness of what defines the identity of Merz Akademie.
Strictly optimistic (!) we developed a concept for a new architectural approach alongst the students’ view on their own studying situation. Rather idealistic with the work of 1960/70s Italian avantgarde architecture and design group Superstudio in our mind.
But also very practical in form of the design of a low-cost and easy-to-use technical setup for a hybrid classroom that allows to mix face-to-face teaching and learning with online participation. Leaving for one moment the pandemic necessity’s framing of the last 18 months we dared to have a look at probable new forms of studies.