Architektur für Alle?!

11.2023 Architektur für Alle?! Emancipatory Movments in Planning and Space

Lecture and Workshop from Insa Meyer, Céline Schmidt-Hamburger, Christian v. Wissel

The exhibition Architektur für Alle?! Emancipatory Movments in Planning and Space was dedicated to a critical inventory of the situation of women in the field of architecture in Bremen from 1945 to the present day. This happened on two, interwoven levels of observation: on the one hand, with a view to the visibility and equality of women in the professional field of architecture and, on the other hand, with a view to the ongoing situation of unequal participation in and conditions of access to public spaces and the spaces of our society in general.

Curation from: Insa Meyer, Frederieke Schons, Céline Schmidt-Hamburger, Jörn Tore Schaper, Christian v. Wissel, Sophia Wolfrat and Sophie Krone.

Accompanying the exhibition, the catalog of the same name was published as volume 19 of the b.zb series by Schünemann Verlag in Bremen (ISBN 978-3-7961-1169-3)

Fabricating Archaeologies Conference

07.2024 Workshop by Anna Boyksen Fellow Nathalie Bredella with Andrea Reichenberger (TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, History of Technology), Rudolf Seising (Deutsches Museum), in connection with Grayson Bailey („Feminist Craft“ Seminar), supported by Tabitha Goricki-Eickel and  Simon Rötsch. Visit Program

Evolving digital ecologies promise to situate technologies, software systems and mixed actors within new epistemological approaches. Locating digital production processes within feminist labour histories, this workshop will interrogate the narratives which surround computation, the relationships between craft and digital production, and the subsequent interconnections between the human and the machine. In looking at histories of software systems as craft archaeologies, we are interested in the hybrid modes of computation and construction, as well as in the methods of writing these situated histories.

Using a wide set of methodologies (oral history, media archaeology, technical re-enactment, archival research), we aim to bring together historical and theoretical investigations and to bridge the gap between the history of craft, computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). The questions that immediately arise are both concrete and abstract: What tensions have arisen around the automation of craft processes and mechanized calculation procedures? In what ways is the emphasis on productivity entangled with marginalization? How can we capture (situate) industrial and digital practices across disciplines? And what role do theories of contextual knowledge in a feminist framework play in the realm of diversity and epistemic (in)justice? Bringing together perspectives from architecture and technology studies, this workshop will highlight how technical, social, and societal elements interweave, investigating the manner in which material processes form communities.

Nathalie Bredella appointed fellow at TUM IAS

10.2023 Anna Boyksen Fellowship

Prof. Dr. Nathalie Bredella was named as the Anna Boyksen fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at TU München (Link). As a part of a two-year fellowship, Prof. Dr. Bredella will lead the newly created focus group Feminism and Digital Culture in Architecture. 

In order to encourage a critical engagement with the history of the digital in architecture, the Feminism and Digital Cultures in Architecture Focus Group wants to explore methods of feminist practices in research and teaching. This focus group will bring together the chairs of Theory and History of Architecture, Art and Design, of Architectural Informatics, Urban Design, Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Digital Fabrication, as well as the Chair of History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice, in order to explore methods of writing history in the context of digital cultures. Who have been the protagonists in the development of digital practices and how are they situated within local knowledge structures and their social, economic and political contexts? What roles do activism, oral history, and reenactment play in understanding digital cultures? These are among the questions that the Focus Group will address as it explores methodologies and events which have not previously been included in architectural history. By focusing on the history of technology together with an international network of scholars, we will engage with situated precedents of digital practices and how they relate to contemporary discourse.

Nathalie Bredella & Grayson Bailey at DESIGNSHS Workshop

05.2024 Nathalie Bredella and Grayson Bailey presented their paper "Computational mapping techniques und knowledge cultures within Landscape, Design and Planning” at the DESIGNSHS Workshop Writing the History of the Computer Visualizations in the Sciences: Production, Uses, Circulation (1940-1990) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.


Utopia Computer: The “New” in Architecture?

06.06.23 Utopia Computer : The "new" in Architecture? has just been released, edited by Nathalie Bredella from the Architectural Theory, Frederika Lausch and Chris Dähne. Utopia Computer addresses the euphoria and expectations associated with the introduction of the computer in architecture in the early digital age. In addition, the publication also includes a contribution by Grayson Bailey ("Pre-Requisites for Self Organization").


Sophia Walk in The Twentieth Century Society

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(c) Emilian Hinteregger

04.2024 Sophia Walk's article on Konrad Frey and Florian Beigel's Fischer House (link)was published in the series Building of the Month on the website The Twentieth Century Society.

Fischer House on Grundlsee in Austria’s Ausseerland from Konrad Frey and Florian Beigel was the first solar house in Austria, with construction beginning in 1972 and completing 1978. The fact that it has not worked perfectly stresses that environmental designs do not have to be totally successful in order for us to learn from them. 

Grayson Bailey in GAM 19

06.06.23 "Constructing the Anti-Architect" by Grayson Bailey was published in the 19th issue of Graz Architecture Magazine (GAM), which focused on the theme of "professionalism."