Theorie der Architektur und Entwerfen

Learning by pooing

Time: Sommersemester 2024

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch, Jonas Urbasik

Semester: Master (Students Involved: Anastasia Cherlova, Nina Deutscher, Julia Geilersdorfer, Konstantin Hüsch, Josef Kirchner, Sofia Pfister, Elisa Poçi, Jennifer Renn, Jakob von Rohden, Marco Schmidt, Justine Schuster, Mia Weidmann, Melissa Yuca)

In collaboration with floating e.V., the TAE Studio conducted a semester project that encompassed the research and construction of a dry-separation toilet in Nuremberg, followed by the final installation in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The focus was on “Circular Architecture,” particularly on new water cycles and the interaction between architecture and infrastructure.

The publication “Learning by Pooing” was developed in three phases: knowledge building, design, and practical implementation. Initially, the students examined the challenges and opportunities of the sanitation transition and developed theoretical concepts. Subsequently, they collectively designed and built a waterless toilet as a 1:1 mock-up in Nuremberg, which was then installed and tested on the grounds of the Floating University in Berlin. Finally, the students evaluated the use of the toilet and documented the results in a guide and a documentary film.

The work of the TAE Studio provides valuable insights into sustainable sanitation systems and serves as an inspiration for future projects in the field of circular architecture.