Foreign Affairs I

Baerbel Mueller
Architecture, [applied] Foreign Affairs
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02405


[A]FA Tamale Territories | Matter

Starting in September 2023, working towards the implementation of the first zone of [A]FA´s Tamale Old Airfield project, Tamale Territories Matter brings together a material focus and landscaping design, with the aim of continuing to create environments for human and non-human co-existence from the micro to the macro scale. In-depth investigations into tree species and vegetation, in collaboration with a professional tree nursery, research on habitat requirements for all kinds of non-human species, and 1:1 experiments on composite materials made from runway debris, agro-waste, second-hand plastic and textiles, concrete, asphalt and earth, combined with contemporary technologies, will set the framework and articulate the parameters for the next design phase towards implementation, in 2024. Thereby actual needs in resonance with the site, such as the integration of infrastructural requirements regarding circulation, drainage and lighting, are being considered.

Since 2020, [A]FA has been focusing on Tamale´s inner-urban peripheries as a long-term engagement with the city. Currently in its third phase, the project focuses on the Tamale Old Airfield. The project team has been working on planning, landscape and design proposals for a soft transformation of the massive site into a recreational space, commissioned by the local traditional chiefs and government. The international student team has been conceptualizing, designing and 1:1 testing spatial interventions that highlight and spatially translate the already existing characteristics and potential of this very special open place and public space. Five different zones have been defined, with allocated spaces for recreational, cultural and economic activities. The notions of ecologies, multi-species inhabitation, and the use of vegetation for the transformation of the site thereby play key roles in creating not only useable, shaded spaces, but also in bringing wild ‘nature’ back into the city.



Baerbel Mueller, with Magdalena Gorecka and Abdul-Rauf Issahaque


Lab : September 2023, I oA, Vienna, Austria and February 2024, Tamale, Ghana

The team will consist of the core team members of the previous TTD lab and new selected students.

The application process has been closed already!


22 October 2023, 11:00–18:00, "at the [A]FA studio on third floor schwanzer trakt OKP 02, 1010 vienna"
09 November 2023, 18:00–20:00, "via zoom"
25 November 2023, 11:00–18:00, "at the [A]FA studio on third floor schwanzer trakt OKP 02, 1010 vienna"
30 November 2023, 18:00–20:00, "via zoom"
17 December 2023, 11:00–18:00, "at the [A]FA studio on third floor schwanzer trakt OKP 02, 1010 vienna"
07 January 2024, 11:00–18 January 2024, 12:00, "at the [A]FA studio on third floor schwanzer trakt OKP 02, 1010 vienna"
25 January 2024, 18:00–20:00, "via zoom"
07 February 2024, 09:00–28 February 2024, 17:00, "[A]FA field lab tamale, ghana"

Course Enrolment

From 15 June 2023, 11:00 to 15 July 2023, 18:00
Via online registration

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Instrumentarium: Experimental Strategies: Special Topics 443/004.21

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible