Ruedi Baur leads this training based on the School of Non-Knowledge. His focus is to reinvent for better design through the use of terracotta, drawing on examples of case studies from around the world.
At the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:
The training will follow the approach of the «Scuola del non-sapere» (see civic-city.org), which involves placing what we don’t know at the center of our reflections and projects rather than our certainties.
We must be willing to unlearn to better address the question of the presence of terracotta in the city of tomorrow.
Starting from the needs of our anthropocene planet, considering ecological, social, participatory, and cultural aspects, we need to rethink our coexistence in urban space. We will use a material and ancestral techniques from world cultures as a conceptual tool to think about this future.
We will reconsider habits to confront real needs. We will draw, project, question, and prototype for another world, going from detail to utopia, from the porcelain spoon to the clay city.
Several case studies in various cities worldwide will help us ask the right questions and develop a project that makes sense.
Designer, teacher, researcher, citizen of a “World to change”.
Since the 1980s, Ruedi Baur has considered his activity as a designer in the context of a civic space to be transformed. Initially working as a graphic designer for numerous cultural institutions, since the 1990s he has organized transdisciplinary teaching based on critical research into design culture nourished by the practical experiences developed in his workshops.
Claiming interdisciplinary design very early on, he created the Intégral network in 1989 and directed the workshops until 2023: Intégral Ruedi Baur, Paris, Zurich and Berlin, then Intégral designers. In 2004 he created and directed the Design2context institute with sociologist Vera Baur at the ZHdK in Zurich, then in 2011 the Institute for Critical Design Research Civic-City; in 2018, the young 10-billion-human university company.
His Bibliography allows you to follow his career, notably with books such as “Architecture-graphisme” (1998), “Des-Orientation1 et 2” (2008-09) “Signs for Peace, an impossible visual Encyclopedia” (2012), “Facing the territorial brand” (2013), “A World to change” (2017) “And suddenly the world was immobilized” (2020) …
Sociologist and Anthropologist, President of Civic City
Specialist in Moroccan ceramics
Passionate about Moroccan craftsmanship since an early age, Youssef AIT BRAHIM, a 45-year-old Franco-Moroccan, graduated with a DESS in International Project Management from Paris XII University.
He started his professional career as an export development consultant for around fifteen years before moving into the construction industry where he worked for 10 years as a site manager and business manager for two SMEs. interior renovation and structural masonry work.
In 2017, he co-founded the company Maison Zellige with the aim of importing and distributing zelliges, Moroccan artisanal ceramics (business which he sold in 2022).
Today and since 2019 he has managed an interior renovation and decoration company, Pigment Naturel Decoration, specializing in the application of Moroccan craftsmanship.
Teaching in 4 phases:
1 - awareness and objective definition phase,
2 - pre-design phase nourished by exercises and technical information,
3 - design and exchange phase with project partners, prototyping
4 - rendering phase