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Teaching

a_ku offers lectures, seminars and tutorials to bachelor students providing knowledge on history and theory of ar­chitecture and design. Different topics each semester relate to four general topics: Wingspans of Modernity,  Design Methodology,  Architectural Concepts and Media, Design and Aesthetics 

Graduate students wishing to pursue their own research and projective studies, to enhance scientific skills and gain new insights are provided with support to their individual master's theses and are offered advanced courses relating to three general topics:  Theory of Contemporary Architecture,  Design Theories,  Urban Architecture,  Reflexive Design,  On Tour

 


 

 

Winter 21 / 22

 

Wingspans of Modernity Winter 21/22 Wingspans of Modernity Winter 21/22 Wingspans of Modernity Winter 21/22

Wingspans from modernity

Introduction into the history and theory of architecture, the city, landscape and arts from the beginning of modernity to the present using the example of ideas, processes and projects that came into operation globally and locally with the development and transformation of modernism. Central topics and works are introduced and discussed with regard to the complex historical and transdisciplinary coherences as well as their relevance for contemporary practices of architecture. Based on comprehensive and thematically structured lectures, tutorials focus on and develop further specific aspects through readings and case studies.

Lecture, exercise  |  B.Sc. architecture  |  Mondays 15-18h  |  Start: Mon 11.10.2021, 15h  |  A301, B049, C114, C007, B063 + online
 

Mies reloaded winter semester 21/22 Mies reloaded winter semester 21/22 Mies reloaded winter semester 21/22

Mies reloaded

Developing, presenting and communicating ideas, concepts and specific designs is considered a central task of all architectural practitioners. In light of contemporary conditions and various ways of practicing and appearances of architecture, the seminar will examine the positions, approaches, and modes of presentation of various international architectural firms that take up, transform, and further develop ideas, design paths, or architectural interpretations of Mies van der Rohe. In addition, they will be analyzed, explored, and interpreted in a broader context with regard to their specific potentials and sustainable aspects. In the process, contemporary horizons will be revealed and their qualities recognized, and knowledge and competencies regarding conceptual forms of action and medial ways of mediation will be expanded in order to be able to transfer them to future projects.

Seminar  |  B.Sc. architecture  |  Wednesdays 9-12h + block seminar 17.-18.11.2021  |  Start: Wed 20.10.2021, 9h  |  B063 + online
 

Material.Aesthetics winter semester 21/22 Material.Aesthetics winter semester 21/22 Material.Aesthetics winter semester 21/22

Material.Aesthetics

Specific material qualities and effects are receiving increasing attention in current discourses on architecture and the city as well as on architectural designing. This seminar focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of materials. It examines backgrounds, intentions, and design paths of designing towards material effectiveness with structure, texture, color, light, air, and planting, as well as various relational characters and modes of perception. Dimensions of meaning between materiality and immateriality in architecture, art, city and open space are comparatively analyzed on exemplary concepts and projects, reflected in their anthropological and cultural contexts and discussed with regard to their design-relevant and practice-related qualities. The phenomenological-analytical approaches expand the knowledge of design theories and promote the reflexive and creative development of one's own design repertoire.

Seminar  |  M.Sc. architecture and urban design, M.Sc. landscape architecture, accompanying module for B.Sc. thesis  |  Mondays 17-20h + block seminar 22.-24.11.2021  |  Start: Mon 18.10.2021, 17h  |  B053 + online
 

Good Architecture. Good Life. Winter semester 21/22 Good Architecture. Good Life. Winter semester 21/22 Good Architecture. Good Life. Winter semester 21/22

Good architecture. Good life.

'Good life'? What meaning does it have for people and architecture in a context of increasing global and local challenges and perceived crises? What room for action is associated with the Good Life for design thinking and creation? And: What does this mean for the design of architecture, city and open space? Addressing, questioning and developing this is one goal of the course. Moreover, in the exchange of different perspectives on designing and inhabiting the world, horizons can be broadened and strategies discussed. Architecture and landscape architecture as central cultural practices will emerge in particular in their anthropological - in their aesthetic, social and ethical - dimensions. Thinking architecture provides a free space for individual as well as professional qualification. In the one-week workshop of the Winter Academy, in small groups, the possibility is opened up to think options with which alternative developments and positions in architecture and landscape architecture can be generated, created and strengthened. Through reading, reflection and discussion, analytical and methodological competencies as well as argumentation skills are fostered. 

Workshop Thinking architecture  |  M.Sc. architecture and urban design, B.Sc. architecture, B.Sc. + M.Sc. landscape architecture  |  Tuesdays, 19.10., 9.11., 7.12.2021, 11.1.2022, 12-15h + workshop 7.-11.2.2022  |  Start: Tue 19.10.2021, 12h  |  A115 + online
 

On Tour winter semester 21/22 On Tour winter semester 21/22 On Tour winter semester 21/22

On tour

The Free Project offers students the opportunity to reflect on and further explore newly acquired architectural knowledge, questions or methods on the basis of a freely chosen topic. The output should point out special features and potentials of the topic for the architectural design and development of our environment. The process of experience and reflection is documented in writing and/or across media in a scientific-systematic form. Thematic structuring, structure and development paths are individually supervised. The project work can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the conception, implementation, argumentation and communication of architectural designs, exhibition projects or written and media research work.

Free short project  |  M.Sc. architecture and urban design  |  Tuesdays 13–17h every two weeks  |  Start: Tue 19.10.2020, 13h  |  B063 + online
 

Inside:Outside winter semester 21/22 Inside:Outside winter semester 21/22 Inside:Outside winter semester 21/22

Inside:Outside

Relations between inside and outside form both an essential and complex design concern in architecture and a base for the perception of space. In the context of different cultural change they have gained an increasing relevance in current discourses, processes and projects. Revolving around the thematic field 'Inside:Outside' architectural knowledge and alternative design models in the field of architecture and urban design will be investigated and developed. Both a systematic and an open approach form the specific character of this project being conducted by individual research questions. Goals may include e.g. to question the relevance and shape of typologies (as court I atrium I hall or square I street I passage I New work or Hybrids), to scrutinize transformations of the already existing build environment (palimpsest I alteration I re-use), to look for the spatial character of shielding and transition (intertwining I porosity I threshold). The output should present diverse potentials and be reported by writing and other media (research portfolio with text I visualization). Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their design attitude and composition skills as well as to improve their scientific competences

Free long project  |  M.Sc. architecture and urban design  |  Tuesdays 13–17h every two weeks  |  Start: Tue 19.10.2020, 13h  |  B063 + online