a r c h i t e c t u r e shapes the way we live. Its forms and spaces contribute to our understanding of the world - how we perceive our surroundings, pursue our activities, and feel about places. Although we all share certain archetypal responses to form and orientation in space, our education and cultural predisposition influence the way we experience the built environment. Moving to a new place often requires creation of mental maps that help us to find our way around. Although it often suffices to recognize certain landmarks, pathways and borders in order to orient ourselves in the city, more careful observation and exploration of built forms and spaces will certainly provide us with a better understanding of our surroundings. Architecture offers a great way of learning about local history and culture - yet has to know how to "read" its forms and spaces.
architecture walks and talks offers services aimed at providing knowledge about various aspects of our built environment and about its relationship to nature.
architecture walks are conducted as guided tours of Basel and its surroundings. During these walks we look at urban spaces and built forms in all of their complexity. We address issues ranging from architecture's historic context to its place in the present day urban fabric; from particular building's material characteristics and aesthetic qualities to its everyday functionality. Each tour participant gets a handout with the walk's itinerary and basic information about places visited.
architecture talks are structured as seminars that address topics such as the importance of light, color and texture in architecture; the place of nature in the built environment; or the idea of architecture as our third skin. Although our focus is on Basel, these seminars allow us to make connections between the local / contemporary and the far away / historical / imagined.
all walks and talks are researched and presented by
Dina Bonefacic-Mihaljek, M.Arch.