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Theory of Contemporary

The course addresses both canonized and less-discovered theoretical approaches, concepts and projects of contemporary and international architects, artists, and landscape designers. Contemplation leads to differentiation of present-day aesthetical and ethical phenomena in the context of architecture and cultural theory, as well as in their historical roots and future perspectives. Observation, analysis and critique are linked methodologically; literature and other sources will be critically evaluated. Ability of abstraction and comparative competence are trained along with deepening theoretical knowledge.

Architecture and Film  2022/23
Atmospheres  2020/21
Japan und the West  2018/19
Transparency  2017/18
Dwelling Differently  2015/16

Design Theories

The course promotes the identification of various design-related questions in the fields of architecture, art, urban and landscape design. Analytical and comparative studies of backgrounds, intentions, design processes and impacts are being conducted based on examples of projects and models, and in relation to anthropological and sociocultural contexts. By differentiation, comparison and discussion of results transferable design parameters and possible courses of action will be explored.

Material.Aesthetics  2021/22
Zoom. Architecture and Photography  2019/20
Site-Specific  2016/17
Minimal  2015/16
Palimpsests  2014/15

Urban Architecture

What kind of spaces and places that create a sense of identity might the city offer to people today and in the future? And what is the relevance of architecture, landscape and urbanity? Recent developments in architecture and urban design projects show models of spatial configuration, in which conventions, contexts and processes of transformation serve as cultural friction and as an orientation to designers. Concepts and projects are studied in all their facets and with regard to future impact.

Lisbon  2022
Landscape-ness 2021
Europe  2020
Flanders  2019
Hanover  2018

Reflexive Design

In-depth studies of current and design-related questions are carried out through mobilization of theoretical and reactivation of historical contents. The course aims at both opening up future-oriented fields of knowledge for architectural and urban design, and grounding one's own position. Within a broader semester topic students are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of scientific and artistic methods of observation, analysis and research, and of conceptual and process-oriented approaches, by formulation of an independent research question.

Repertoire  2022
Inside:Outside  2021/22
Sense of Architecture  2021
New Agendas  2020/21
Spaces and Places  2020

On Tour

Experience abroad can open up new ways of thinking, reinforce attitudes toward design approaches, and broaden one’s methodological repertoire. The project is addressed to students that pursue an internship, or study or travel abroad during the semester, and offers to reflect and further explore newly acquired architectural knowledge, questions or methods through independent topics. The output should demonstrate characteristics and potentials of the topic for the design and development of the environment. The process of exploration and reflection is documented in a scientific and systematical way by writing and/or other media. Thematic outline, structure and working methods are supervised individually.

Free project

Further information

Master Thesis

The master thesis offers to students an opportunity to approach a project design in a reflexive and conceptual way that may include new, unknown and experimental aspects in the understanding of architecture and space. Rather than addressing facts, the research, contributing fundamentals in both architecture and cultural studies, aims at the sense of knowledge. It is intended to render the acquired aspects and ideas effective and relevant, and to present them in oral and visual forms.

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