The “Imaginist Bauakademie” is an experimental model of an evolving educational institution. It cuts across canonical schools – from Bauhaus to AA - while suggesting links between them as new types of educational approaches and spaces. The historical samples are used in two ways: first being as sources for programs and spaces and the second as teaching theories and methods. This way persistent tensions within architectural education are tackled – such as history vs technology or science vs art – that are explored in order to advance the discipline of architecture.
Those dissimilar historical institutions are brought together according to a generative logic in which all educational models are defined as the synthesis of four disciplines - art, history, science and technology, this creating a common ground upon which new interactions emerge. These disciplines are translated into ‘streams’ that distribute specific teaching platforms, and then threaded together to form a diagrammatic ‘tower of knowledge’. Additional types of external and internal exchange elements are inserted into the proposal that complement the on-going hybridizations, mergers or couplings of the original course platforms. The use of these elements allows to maintain two levels of investigation – on teaching methods and spatial typologies – while also broaching a wider project on how knowledge is transmitted, acquired and modified within architectural schools.