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Research foci

Specific research foci include Aesthetic Theory and Reflexive Design. Based on a transdisciplinary approach a_ku focuses on the interplay of architecture, art, urbanity and nature. An international orientation strengthens a_ku's efforts to widely reflect on on aesthetic, cultural and social qualities in various architectural, artistic or urban contexts.

Reflexive Design

Reflexive Design defines a research perspective within architecture, that explicitly addresses the benefits of knowledge as an inherent part of design processes.

Within the context of architecture as discipline and occupational practice, the dominance of the realized project inhibits a view on the actual relevance of thinking in architectural design processes.The specific and not theoretically foreseeable design progression is interactively linked to a continuous process of growth in implicit and explicit knowledge, which not only preceeds, but accompanies and exceeds each single design. This process of growth generates an approach that includes the designers' mindset, understanding of architecture, ideals and values. It also creates a growing body of knowledge on how to realize these concepts through designing. 

Several research activities of a_ku are pooled in the project within the context of scientific conferences and the masters and doctoral training. The international symposia Design and Research in Architecture were patronized by the Leibniz Universität Hannover and by the AULET Research Incentive of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape.

Design research

This focus integrates specific teaching methods and research activities of the a_ku department and doctoral training. Exhibitions at the Faculty for Architecture and Landscape have been held in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Seen from the view of architectural theory, an approach to designing is achieved through this research. It highlights the relevance of high quality design aspects and the foundations of their mediation. By focusing rather on the process of designing and less the overall design as an outcome, a methodic approach is made, in which different concepts, strategies and methods of architectural design are pooled by a themed approach.

  • Related publications

    Margitta Buchert (ed.), Shaping Design. Entwerfen gestalten. Media of architectural Conception. Medien der Architekturkonzeption, Berlin: Jovis 2020

    Margitta Buchert, Laura Kienbaum (eds.), Simply Design. Einfach Entwerfen. Ways of architectural design. Wege der Architekturgestaltung, Berlin: Jovis 2013

    Further publications:

    Margitta Buchert, Transparenz. Potentiale und Wertsetzungen in der Architektur, in: Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft LUH (ed.), jahrbuch Hochweit 17, Berlin: Jovis 2017, 10-15

    Margitta Buchert, Archive. The Archive as Trigger for Architectural Design. Zur Genese architektonischen Entwerfens, in: Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft/Leibniz Universität Hannover (ed.), Hochweit 12, Hannover Internationalismus 2012, 9-15

Architecture city landscape

Knowledge on design and composition in the intersections of architecture, city and landscape is in focus of this research. By means of Case Studies, On-site studies and investigation and projections, a_ku aims to broaden and enrich this knowledge with a focus on the contemporary city. Western-international values like urbanity, security, landscape or identity are seen as potentials and capacities in these contexts and will be examined, discussed and presented including their historic origins and future perspectives.

  • Related publications

    Margitta Buchert, Landscape-ness as Architectural Idea, Berlin: jovis 2022

    Margitta Buchert, Bigness and Porosity, in: Sophie Wolfrum (ed.), Porous City, München: Birkhäuser 2018

    Laura Kienbaum, Stadt : Seilbahn : Architektur. Entwurfsbausteine und Gestaltungszusammenhänge, Hannover: Universitätsverlag 2017

    Margitta Buchert, Landschaftlichkeit als Architekturidee, in: Wolkenkuckucksheim 30 (2016) / 35, 111-129

    Margitta Buchert, Landschaftsentwürfe in der Architektur von SANAA, in: Wolkenkuckucksheim 29 (2015) / 35, 233-248

    Felix Hoepner, Stadt und Sicherheit. Architektonische Leitbilder und die Wiedereroberung des Urbanen: 'Defensible Space' und 'Collage City', Bielefeld: Transcript 2015

    Karen Beckmann, Urbanität durch Dichte? Geschichte und Gegenwart der  Großwohnkomplexe der 1970er Jahre, Bielefeld: Transcipt 2015

    Margitta Buchert/Norbert Rob Schittek/Hendrik Toepper, Documenta. Landschaft Kunst. Positionierung, Hannover: Universität 2003 

    Margitta Buchert, Über Architektur. Bernard Tschumis Parc de la Villette in Paris, Hannover: Universität 1995

Architecture and art

Within research and teaching in a_ku and doctoral theses, ideas and concepts as well as projects and contexts in architecture and art, including the creative act of production and the realms of experience of the created, are seen and addressed within their analogies and contexts. The attention is especially laid on the fact that both architecture and art are human practices that by constantly searching for spaces of possibilities, create qualities for the human environment. A nuanced focus is laid on those sensual qualities, that contribute fundamentally to the human understanding of the self and the world, e.g. the experience of movement and place.

  • Related publications

    Mobile and Stabile, in: Anett Zinsmeister (ed.), Gestalt der Bewegung. Figure of Motion, Berlin: Jovis 2011, 50-73

    Margitta Buchert/Carl Zillich (eds.), In Bewegung... Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2008

    Margitta Buchert/Carl Zillich (eds.), Performativ? Architektur und Kunst, Berlin:  Jovis 2007

    Margitta Buchert/Carl Zillich (eds.), Inklusiv. Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2006

    Kunst Architektur Denkform, in: Thomas Kaestle (ed.), Wo ist die Kunst? Zur Geographie von Schnittstellen, Bielefeld: Kerber 2004, 100-102

    Kunst in der Architektur. Spurensuche am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts (Diller & Scofidio, Kollhoff, Herzog & de Meuron), in: Maike Kozok (ed.), Architektur Struktur Symbol. Streifzüge durch die Architekturgeschichte von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Petersberg: Michael Imhof 1999, 467-478