Students in studio Adam Caruso at ETH Zurich will spend their Autumn semester working on a group of structures around Helvetiaplatz in Zurich. Through model-making and drawing students will engage with not only the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, but also how we can reframe the cultural value of them.
To work towards this idea of a substantial and culturally engaged architecture, students will be invited to engage with artists who developed their work in ways that challenged formal, social and institutional expectations. These will include Édouard Manet, Auguste Rodin, Rachel Whiteread and Louise Lawler.
Emilie Appercé, Tibor Bielicky, Adam Caruso, Claudio Schneider and Barbara Thüler will teach on the course.
Image, Louise Lawler, Etude pour La Lecture, 1923, This Drawing is for Sale, Paris
Peter St John's London Met Unit will investigate the theme of Second Life. The term comes from the artist and social activist Theaster Gates, who states that almost everything can be reused. This is evident in his work which has involved collating discarded objects and materials, as well as salvaging and refurbishing whole buildings.
Students will look at the question of how to renew buildings; how construction can be less energy-demanding and creating systems where buildings are indivisible components in a regenerating ecological system.
Students from Studio Adam Caruso at ETH Zurich present their final projects to a panel of guest critics including Anne Femmer, Peter Fischli, Marina Olsen and Florian Summa.
An interview with Adam Caruso features in a new gta Verlag publication, Against and For Method. Edited by Jan Silberberger, the volume tries to tackle the deficiencies in studio teaching and proposes possibilities for integrating research approaches into teaching and practice.
Studio Adam Caruso, ETH Zurich
15–16 December 2020
Students from Adam Caruso's studio at ETH Zurich present their projects to guest critics including Lisa Fior (muf architecture/art, London), Summer Islam (Material Cultures, Studio Abroad, London), Dr. Marina Olsen (Karma International Gallery, Zurich), and Axel Simon (editor, Hochparterre).
Heong Gallery, Cambridge, United Kingdom
4 November 2017 - 6 February 2018
Caruso St John have designed an exhibition of the work of Dame Elizabeth Frink for the Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. Frink's archetypal bronzes are on show alongside multiple bird figures, small figure groups, drawings and prints.
This year Unit 12, led by Peter St John, investigated the theme of Second Life, in the context of the design of buildings. Based on the belief that almost everything can have a second life, the project intends to address London's pressing need for more housing and the complex solutions for the shortage of land. The proposals for the reuse and densification of existing post-war housing stock in South London show how this can be a better solution than redevelopment.