Main CoursE 2015


27th July -14th August 2015, Mo-Fr 1-7 pm
German, Englisch

mit Mark Pepper und Markus Sohst


Softskin II Displace 

For the second time since 2010 the artist Mark Pepper,                     Dusseldorf/ Addis Abeba, and the architect Markus Sohst,                  Los Angeles, meet for the Summer Academy in Wismar.

Displace is the theme of "Soft Skin II" in 2015.


- Prototyping Surfaces for the temporary landscape -

In 2013, the number of displaced people worldwide exceeded globally for the first time after the Second World War 50 million. Each year, an average of 10 million people, are living in refugee camps or temporary and makeshift shelters.

Refugee camps in West and Central Africa and Syria, will serve in the workshop as case studies to analyze the impact of current planning strategies. What are the effects if refugee camps originally planned to    be temporarily deployed develop after many years in large urban mega camps without any urban structure?

Beginning with the tent and extending into the public space                we are looking for effective ways to improve and create new             types of temporary spaces within the refugee camp.


"The term soft skin refers to an architecture in which the skin itself performs as the structure. The term soft defines the program of the intervention, the more flexible it presents itself, the more diverse can it can be utilized.”

The first phase of the workshop focuses on individual work and research. In the second phase, a suitable prototype is selected and fabricated in a scale of 1:1.


Worksamples of Softskin I  2010





Mark Pepper. The Rostock born Artist Mark Pepper started his academic carreer as a student of architecture in Wismar. After his graduation he continued his studies as Meisterschüler of Elia Zenghelis at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. He realized a lot of projects as solo artist and in the Duo Pepper and Woll. One of his prestigious works is Stone –Fully Loaded, 2014. A public sculpture placed in the inner city of Dortmund. An artificial Rock that generates electricity for public use by an integrated windmill and solar panels. With his wife Beza Alemu-Pepper and Peter Grundmann he is initiator of the architectural- aid project „Haus Ethiopia e.V.“, which is going to be realized in the End of 2015. Mark Pepper works and lives in Düsseldorf and Addis Abeba.




Markus Sohst.The Berlin and Los Angeles based Architect Markus Sohst started his academic career as a student in Wismar and at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). After a period in the office of Gehry Partners in Santa Monica (California) Markus Sohst set up his own architecture studio Dreifelderwirtschaft.

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