Return Of The Nomads

In a two-week student class at KazGAZA (Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Design) we asked, how traditional nomads survival and place-making practices can be set in relation to the needs of Kazakhstans contemporary society. In five groups students selected and analyzed relevant problem areas and created, guided by a methodological framework, new intepretations of important nomadic strategies which were represented in individual Design projects. The long-term historic continuity of nomadic life in Kazakhstan served as the rich background for this approach. It allowed us to confront western, rather metaphoric approaches to nomadism with a cultural awareness that is often based on biographic references.

The exchange program was enabled by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Instructors: Stefan Göllner and Natalia Göllner

Stefan Göllner, Natalia Göllner