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Wingspans of 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 and tutorial

Design Methodology

Ways of shaping architecture will be presented by using examples from the history and the present of architecture, landscape and the city. Thematically structured lectures focus on cultural significance and fields of application of design paradigms as well as on specific procedures and patterns of thought. By linking ideas, design components and case studies practices enlarge upon and discuss methods in regard to its viability, transferability, and its cultural range. 

Lecture, exercise and tutorial

Exhibitions 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2011, 2010

Architectural Concepts and Media

Brief introductions focus on the relationship of conception and communication of architecture and planning ranging from theoretical definitions to practical interpretations and applications. The course gives insight into meaning, impact and range of various forms of conception and presentation of architecture in the context of different fields of activity. Interpretation and presentation of selected examples train practice-related rhetoric and communication skills.

Form Matters  2022/23
Mies reloaded  2021/22
Is Architecture ....?  2019/20
Freespace  2018/19
Reporting from ...  2016/17

Design and Aesthetics

The course examines and compares different approaches to design and the use of design parameters in terms of their complexity and impact, and in the context of architecture, urban and landscape design, and art. Comprehensive aspects relating to both perception and qualitative design will be studied and discussed in a broader cultural context, deepening and expanding knowledge by comparing works and ideas.

Urban Architecture: Dense and Complex  2018
Site-Specific  2016/17
Dwelling Differently  2015/16
The Things Around Me  2015
Palimpsests  2014/15

Thinking Architecture

Horizons can be broadened and strategies can be discussed when different views on the designing and inhabiting of the world are being exchanged. Architecture and landscape architecture as central cultural practices are going to reveal themselves in their anthropological - aesthetic, social and ethic - dimensions.

Thinking architecture constitutes a free space for one's own individual qualification and the education regarding one's line of work. During an one-week-workshop students work in small groups. This offers possibilities to think options to develop alternative positions in architecture and landscape architecture. Analytical and methodical competences, as well as skills in arguing one own's viewpoints are encouraged by reading, reflection and discussion.

Experiencing Place  2022/23
on what we build  2022
Good architecture. Good life.  2021/22
Archiscripts  2020/21
In-Between  2019/20