Spatial Poetry - A Phenomenological Approach


Program Description



In this hands-on course you will investigate and experiment with architectural space in its most archaic form. By weaving shapes, relations, proportions, and light, architecture can elevate new spatial experiences and phenomena, which is the theoretic bedrock this course is built upon. In this context working with physical models has still proved to be one of the most fundamental methods to produce, assess and refine space – especially in our increasingly digitalized world. This course is a testing field for experimenting with space and the methods to evaluate it.

Spatial Narratives – From Text to Space

As a trigger we will use text passages from canonical German novels and their hints and insinuations of spatial poetry within. We will interpret them, and carve out their inscribed spatial narratives and subtexts and transform them into models. The texts will therefore serve as vehicles, which allow us to translate textual atmospheres and phenomena into architectural space. Moreover, this process will further strengthen and train your ability for abstraction, interpretation and reinterpretation. The language in the texts is seen as a generator that triggers the spatial experiments and phenomenological tests throughout the course.

Go Big - Models and Drawings

By intensively using large scale models (styrofoam) and over-sized charcoal drawings, the course seeks to familiarize the participants with the capacity to meaningfully evaluate the models and carve out the relevance of shapes, relations, proportions and light. On the basis of the models and charcoal drawings, you will learn to both experiment with spatial ideas and meaningfully use the architectural model in this process.

The course features an array of thematically aligned lectures, such as technical inputs on building models, as well as theoretical lectures on phenomenological approaches in architecture with examples and case studies. As the final event the group will organize an exhibition with all the models and drawings produced throughout the course

The course language is English.

Certificate & Credit Points

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS) if they present a detailed design proposal and a concept paper at the end of the course.

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Target Group

This course addresses students from fields such as architecture, design and arts. However, it also welcomes everyone who is interested in the discourse on architectural space and who seeks to experimentally gain further understanding of space.


Passion for designing space, drawing, model building and a general interest and enthusiasm in fine arts and literature.


1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: Please describe two of your artistic works
  • Representation of your favourite space: as a drawing, montage, collage etc. in an A4 format
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 6 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Spatial Poetry«
  • Name of pdf file »Spatial_Poetry_family name_first name«


3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 15 May 2017 via e-mail and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

Course Fee

The course fee is 700 EURO.

  • 500 EURO for students & alumni
  • 300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime! Read less