7.8.-17.8.2020 Atelier Fischbach is organising a Summer School for international students in the Bregenzerwald (AT) where we will collectively build four topographic furnitures in the riverbed of the 'Ach'
The concept of the 'topographic furniture' was developed during the project 'Landscape as House' and is a subject for further investigation within Atelier Fischbach.
A topographic furniture is a small element that engages humans into a new relationship with place through alternative ways of inhabitation. As small 'place-objects' they embed human activities of dwelling into the topography of a site.
These 'place-objects' are called 'furnitures' because their scale is closely related to the human body. Like common furniture they anchor human activity in space and create a place for our actions within an environment. They are 'topographic' because they are embedded into landscape; their form and material is deeply rooted within the character of a site.
A 'topographic furniture' is a created expression of dwelling as well as a conscious spill of action within an ecosystem. Most importantly it creates a reciprocity between inhabitant and habitat and allows for a mutual flourishing of people and their environments. Together the 'topographic furnitures' create a 'Landscape as House' where the movement and engagement between places is the binding element that turns places in a landscape into one 'house'.