AO Finissage
TU Darmstadt/Architecture Department
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt
Cinema at the Audimax TU Darmstadt

Conference

AO Finissage

At the end of the LOEWE research project, scholars from the fields of architecture, sociology, history and media studies, and legal history will present their research results in the form…

Mycelium-Based Composites: from Research to Pedagogy
6 pm
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department of Architecture | Lecture Hall L3I01 / 91

Lecture

Mycelium-Based Composites: from Research to Pedagogy

Adrien Rigobello & Andrea Rossi

The increasing interest for the mycelium-based composites in design activities requires to reconsidering the epistemology of design technologies pedagogy. While current research in biochemistry, genetics and biology advance expert knowledge…

Infrastrukturen/Infrastructures
10-16 Uhr
Goethe-University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Seminarhaus, SH 3 102

Workshop

Infrastrukturen/Infrastructures

Program 10:00 – 11:00 Introduction by Carsten Ruhl (Frankfurt) und Gabriele Schabacher (Mainz) 11:00 – 12:00 Markus Dauss (Heidelberg): Bahnhöfe als infrastrukturelle Knotenpunkte [GER] 12:00 – 13:00 Tom Ullrich (Mainz):…

Beyond Digital: Or, Why There Won’t Be a 3rd Digital Turn Driven by AI
6 pm
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department of Architecture | Lecture Hall L3I01 / 91

Lecture

Beyond Digital: Or, Why There Won’t Be a 3rd Digital Turn Driven by AI

Mario Carpo

The talk will discuss some aspects of the current use of machine learning technologies in the visual arts, and suggest that GAN generated images, or images generated by generative AI,…

Formulations: Practices of Architectural Mathematics
6 pm
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department of Architecture | Lecture Hall L3I01 / 91

Lecture

Formulations: Practices of Architectural Mathematics

Andrew Witt

Since the Renaissance, and particularly since the advent of computation, mathematics has served as a dynamic engine for striking new forms and ways of creating architecture. In this lecture Andrew…

Mobilities of Technical Practices
9 am - 1 pm
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department for Architecture | Seminar Room 437

Workshop (for members only)

Mobilities of Technical Practices

Theodora Vardouli

This workshop will explore digital history methods for examining an informal archive of early activity in “rational design methods.” Together with the workshop participants Theodora Vardouli will discuss the construction…

High Orders: Structuring Architectural Possibility
6 pm
Goethe-University Frankfurt | Campus Westend | Auditorium Center, Lecture Hall 8

Lecture

High Orders: Structuring Architectural Possibility

Theodora Vardouli

In 1977 architectural theorist Lionel March and mathematician Christopher Earl set out to define the limits of architectural possibility. At the core of their argument was the idea that design…

Subversions
6 pm
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department of Architecture | Lecture Hall L3I01 / 91

Lecture

Subversions

Holger Hoffmann

'Subversion' means the undermining of actual or supposed conventions with the aim of insidiously changing existing orders. Particularly at a time when design processes and construction methods are becoming increasingly…

Order | Disorder
6:00 pm (c.t.)
TU Darmstadt, Department of Architecture, El-Lissitzky-Straße 1, Lecture Hall L3|01 / 91

Exception: The lecture on May 25 will take place on Campus Westend at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Lecture Hall 8.

Lecture series

Order | Disorder

Previous investigations of the LOEWE research cluster “Architectures of Order” have shown us that spatial knowledge provides us with an understanding of our world and a capacity to order it…

Othering Displayed: Racialized Spacemaking of German Exhibitions
6:00 pm (c.t.)
Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum, HZ 8

Lecture

Othering Displayed: Racialized Spacemaking of German Exhibitions

Regine Hess

World and national exhibitions have been a phenomenon of modernity since the end of the 18th century, not only in France and Great Britain, but also in the German countries.…

Criteria and Instruments of Criticism: The Quest for an Architectural Specificity
Disruptions: Architecture at The Time of Pandemic Upheavals
Goethe University Frankfurt, Hörsaalzentrum, HZ 8

Lecture

Disruptions: Architecture at The Time of Pandemic Upheavals

Albena Yaneva

Invading cities, occupying space, Covid-19 caused major disruptions in everyday design routines and brought some latent or hitherto invisible aspects of architecture making to the fore. Acting as a ‘breaching…

The Architecture of Carbon Europe: Coal, Steel, and Nuclear Power
6 pm
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M., Campus Westend, SH 2.105

Lecture

The Architecture of Carbon Europe: Coal, Steel, and Nuclear Power

Dennis Pohl

The origin of Europe’s dependency on carbon and nuclear power can be traced back to postwar architectural designs and energy policies of the European Community. Since the 1950s, architects have…

The Talent-Meter: Space, Labor, and Architecture in Soviet Russia
6:00 pm (c.t.)
Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, HZ 8

Lecture

The Talent-Meter: Space, Labor, and Architecture in Soviet Russia

Alla Vronskaya

Buildings, projects, and even architects’ bodies exist a wider world—the world of socio-economic reality. Exploring architecture’s engagement with this reality, the lecture examines how a Fordist belief in maximizing efficiency…

The Housing Question is a Feminist Question: Housing Commons for the «New Woman» of the German Werkbund
Drawing Machines
9:00 am
Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Campus Westend

Presentation (intern)

Drawing Machines

Chris Dähne, Nadja Gaudillière-Jami

Nadja Gaudillière-Jami and Chris Dähne will present the joint work accomplished in past months within subprojects B3 and C1. The common research focuses on digital drawing tools, looking into the…

Siemensstadt Square: The 10-Dimension Hybrid City
6 pm (c.t.)
Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, HZ 8

Lecture

Siemensstadt Square: The 10-Dimension Hybrid City

Stefan Kögl

An open and technologically pioneering new district is being created on the historic Siemens site in Berlin Spandau, a district that combines architectural quality with a variety of uses and…

Designed Orders
6:00 pm (c.t.)
Goethe University Frankfurt, Westend Campus, HZ 8

Lecture Series

Designed Orders

The architectural design process aims to create new orders and at the same time is, itself, structured by its practical, technical, social, and legal frameworks. The lecture series in the 2022/2023 summer and winter semester traces this double relation. Each design imagines the future and represents an attempt to create a new spatial – and thus always social – order. ...

Inhabiting the Atmosphere: The Queen Alexandra Sanatorium in Davos
9:00
Technical University of Darmstadt | Department for Architecture | Seminar room 437

Lecture (members only)

Inhabiting the Atmosphere: The Queen Alexandra Sanatorium in Davos

Tim Altenhof

The Queen Alexandra Sanatorium in Davos makes regular appearances in the historiography of modern architecture and yet it has never been addressed in depth. A pioneering structure toward an alpine…

A Question of Money? Real Estate Management and Local Politics as Ordering Forces in the Planning and Construction of High-Rise Bank Buildings in Frankfurt am Main
Architecture in Books
TU Darmstadt, FB Architektur, El-Lissitzky-Str. 1, 4. Stock Seminarraum 437

Workshop (For members only)

Architecture in Books

Der Workshop „Architektur im Buch“ steht im Zusammenhang mit den beiden Teilprojekten von Hans Aurenhammer und Christiane Salge im LOEWE-Schwerpunkt, die sich im weitesten Sinne mit Ordnungen des Wissens auseinandersetzen…

The Housing Question is a Feminist Question: Housing Commons for the “New Woman” of the German Werkbund
Tools of Play: Planning Strategies of the Metacity
6:00-8:00 pm
Casino on the Westend Campus, Room 1.811

Lecture evening

Tools of Play: Planning Strategies of the Metacity

Benjamin Beil, Nathalie Bredella, Nick Förster

Architectural structures are a central component of computer game worlds. Their sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastically exaggerated forms and functions are diverse: game world architectures create atmospheres and tell stories (narrative architecture), but at the same time their design is primarily determined by playful requirements, so they serve as a playing field, an arena, or an obstacle course. ...

Looking at Buildings. Harun Farocki’s Architectures
Goethe University Frankfurt, Westend Campus, IG Farben 7.214

Workshop (For members only)

Looking at Buildings. Harun Farocki’s Architectures

The interest in architecture informs Harun Farocki’s work on different levels. The observational film Sauerbruch Hutton Architects (2013) and the study on brick production In Comparison (2009) are direct expressions of this, but works such as Prison Images (2000) or The Creators of the Shopping Worlds (2001) also revolve around the relationship between built space, media technologies, and social conditioning. ...

Steel Architecture Politics: From ECSC Worker Housing to Industrialized Building for Europe (1954-1976)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Goethe University Frankfurt, Bockenheim Campus

Lecture (For members only)

Steel Architecture Politics: From ECSC Worker Housing to Industrialized Building for Europe (1954-1976)

Dennis Pohl

A structural IPE steel-profile is a given in building practice, with standardized values to calculate corresponding loads, strength, and consistency. Only the last letter of the abbreviation suggests that there is something more to it: “E” stands for Europe, and for a history of steel architecture that was of great political interest for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). ...

Assembling Fragments: Designing with Salvaged Building Components
8:00 pm
Casino on the Westend Campus, Room 1.811

Lecture

Assembling Fragments: Designing with Salvaged Building Components

Lionel Devlieger

Introducing the practices of Rotor and Rotor DC, the lecture will ponder on how designing with reused building elements thoroughly restructures the established modes of architectural production and the roles of the protagonists: the client, the building materials provider, the architect, the engineer, the contractor, etc. ...

Mediating Transactions in the Anteroom: Tracing an Architectural History of the Lobby
10:00 am
online

Lecture

Mediating Transactions in the Anteroom: Tracing an Architectural History of the Lobby

Maren Koehler

This talk explores the ways in which the architectural space of the lobby can be understood as a technique of differentiation, mediating between diverse spheres and protocols. The lobby is intimately related to other physical forms of architectural communications such as anterooms, passages and corridors, which frequently figured as conduits of modernity. ...

Combinatorial Creativity: Designing and Inventing Between Order and Contingency
6:00-8:00 pm
Casino on the Westend Campus, Room 1.811

Lecture

Combinatorial Creativity: Designing and Inventing Between Order and Contingency

Claudia Mareis

Based on methodological and psychological discourses and practices from the 1940s to 1960s, the lecture deals with an operational - namely combinatorial - understanding of creativity. At that time, combinatorial creativity methods, such as the morphological box, were not only used in scientific-technical and artistic-design contexts of invention and design, but also fundamentally influenced psychological models of creative thinking and problem-solving. ...

Biased Drawing. “Representation bias” in spatial orders from the 1950s to the 1980s
Werner Oechslin Library Foundation Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Workshop (For members only)

Biased Drawing. “Representation bias” in spatial orders from the 1950s to the 1980s

The workshop's title implies a bias in the practice of drawing, a bias through which the invention of the computer in the post-war period has challenged and changed traditional patterns of spatial order. Information transmission and cybernetic control systems initiated a paradigmatic shift in representation. ...

Empirically Examining the Architectures of Knowledge
14:00-16:30
online

Workshop (For members only)

Empirically Examining the Architectures of Knowledge

Séverine Marguin und Henrike Rabe

The empirical and interdisciplinary research by Séverine Marguin (sociology) and Henrike Rabe (architecture) focuses on the question of the interaction between space and knowledge processes. ...

Architectures of objects, knowledge constellations: The museal realm of art and natural history curio cabinets in theory and practice
Built Orders of Finance, Risk and Racial Capitalism
6:30
online

Workshop (For members only)

Built Orders of Finance, Risk and Racial Capitalism

This workshop aims to explore the ways in which built orders can be read in economic and financial terms. It brings together a group of researchers attentive to architectural and spatial formations of built orders and their relatonship to the strategic logics of finance. ...

Automating Architecture? Know-how and Computability in the Practices of the Computational Field in Architecture, 1965-2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
online

Lecture (for members only)

Automating Architecture? Know-how and Computability in the Practices of the Computational Field in Architecture, 1965-2020

Nadja Gaudillière-Jami

The lecture offers a foray into how computational practices constitute since almost four decades an occasion to question the epistemology of architecture, by examining the conditions of emergence of this field of research and by analysing the algorithmic tools that are mobilized across this period of time. ...

Built Worlds and Systems of Knowledge: Architectures of the World Exhibitions in the 19th Century
Mapping the Global Moravian Network: Progress, Method, Methodology
10:00 am
online

Lecture

Mapping the Global Moravian Network: Progress, Method, Methodology

Jasper Ludewig

This lecture explores the place of architectural production within the elaborate corporate geography of the modern Moravian movement—a renewed pre-Reformation Protestant group established in eighteenth-century Saxony. The global Moravian network spanned to every continent except Antarctica and was developed over a period of more than two centuries. ...

The Banknote and the Building: Architecting the ECB
2:00 pm
online

Lecture (for members only)

The Banknote and the Building: Architecting the ECB

Sebastiano Fabbrini

Twenty years after the launch of the competition for the headquarters of the European Central Bank, this lecture sets out to retrace and discuss the complex process that, after the introduction of the Euro, engaged with the challenge of housing such unique, supranational form of power in Frankfurt. ...

Reading Place
6:00-8:00 pm
online

Lecture

Reading Place

Philippe Viérin

With regard to the theme of this lecture series ‘Built Order. Storing Knowledge' we will talk about re-use projects of mostly monumental heritage. Buildings that carry knowledge of the city. How can we try to activate and interpret this knowledge in a natural way. ...

Exploring the effects of architecture
online

Workshop (For members only)

Exploring the effects of architecture

How does architecture actually work? Today, the relationships between architectural and non-architectural orders are predominantly explored with a focus on the structuring forces and ideas that influence and shape building plans and implementations. ...

Reformatting the Memory Palace: When Everything Exists to End in a Document
6:00-8:00 pm
online

Lecture

Reformatting the Memory Palace: When Everything Exists to End in a Document

Wouter Van Acker

The institutions that we traditionally trust to manage our knowledge – the library, the museum and the university – are being forced in the digital age to redefine what belongs inside and outside their walls, both in a physical and virtual sense. To measure the historical impact of the reformatting of knowledge on these institutions, this lecture will return one century in time and revisit the “Mundaneum” or the institutional vision of the Belgian bibliographer and internationalist Paul Otlet (1868-1944). ...

Built Order: Storing Knowledge
6 pm - 8 pm
online

Lecture Series

Built Order: Storing Knowledge

The architecture of the space around us has a considerable influence on our everyday lives. The starting point for the thematic orientation of the lecture series “Built Order: Storing Knowledge”,…

Exploring the Effects of Architecture
6:00 pm
online

Lecture evening

Exploring the Effects of Architecture

Three speakers and a moderated discussion will address the question "How does architecture actually work?“.  HANNAH LE ROUX (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), KENNY CUPERS (University of Basel) and Daniel M. Abramson, Pamela Karimi, Laila Seewang and Meredith TenHoor for the AGGREGATE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY COLLABORATIVE will present their perspectives on the ordering power of built architecture. The evening thus invites us to adopt a point of view in which architectural practitioners fade out and architectural users fade in. ...

Anterooms, Passages and Lobbies: Built Order and the Sub-Spaces of Power
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
online

Lecture (for members only)

Anterooms, Passages and Lobbies: Built Order and the Sub-Spaces of Power

Maren Koehler

In 1954, Carl Schmitt proposed that it is the anteroom (Vorraum) rather than the official state room (Staatszimmer), in which power is negotiated and exercised. This suggestion draws attention to the necessary but often considered secondary sub-spaces, or architectural communications, that enable and provide access to power, rather than to the generally more visible representative spaces of power. What are the architectural implications of such a view? ...

Data Visualization. Are We Ordering Space Through Representation?
7:00-8:30 pm
online

Talk

Data Visualization. Are We Ordering Space Through Representation?

Job Floris / Paul Poinet

What data are used in the planning and design of architecture and what are they supposed to represent? What types of visualizations do architects make use of in their daily routines and what information do they want to make visible? ...

Archived Landscapes and Archival Landscapes: Architectures of Political Record-Keeping in Early Modern Western Europe, 1450-1700
6:00-8:00 pm
online

Lecture

Archived Landscapes and Archival Landscapes: Architectures of Political Record-Keeping in Early Modern Western Europe, 1450-1700

Randolph Head

The materiality of pre-digital documentary sources means that their preservation and organization in archives involved at least two simultaneous and separate architectonic contexts. Archivists sought to place physical documents within ordered spaces in a legible way; at the same time, as conveyers of information, documents were equally part of larger conceptual architectures, which were often spatially conceived in early modern Europe. ...

Power and Archives in the Empires of the Early Modern Age
2:00 pm / 10:00 am
online

Workshop (for members only)

Power and Archives in the Empires of the Early Modern Age

Randolph Head et al.

Organizers of the Workshop: Birgit Emich, Cecilia Cristellon, Sebastian Glunz (Research Group A1)   Wednesday, 7 July 2021 2:00 pm Birgit Emich, Sebastian Glunz, Cecilia Cristellon, (Research Group A1): Welcome…

Spatial Orders: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Emotion – Order – Conflict. Theories and Practices of Juridical Center Formation in Italy
6:00-8:00 pm
online

Lecture

Emotion – Order – Conflict. Theories and Practices of Juridical Center Formation in Italy

Brigitte Sölch

In Florence, the Palazzo del Tribunale was opened in 2012, not far from the airport. It is based on plans from the 1970s and, due to its decentralized location and monumentality, is a source of heated debate. Taking this example as a starting point, my lecture examines processes of juridical center formation in Italy from a diachronic perspective. ...

Between Omnipotence and Powerlessness. The Built Order of the National Socialist Extermination Camps
Built Order: Spaces of Power
6:00 pm
online

Lecture series

Built Order: Spaces of Power

The lecture series "Gebaute Ordnung" (Built Order) will investigate spaces of power during the 2021 summer semester. In particular, the speakers will explore how aspects of the architectural and spatial perceptibly interlock with political and social orders. Four evening lectures will touch on the topics of architectures of integration, exclusion and annihilation, representation and legitimation, and the securing of power. ...

The Architecture of European Integration
6:00-8:00 pm
online

Lecture

The Architecture of European Integration

Sebastiano Fabbrini

Although the architectural discourse is often regarded as too Eurocentric and politicized, we have largely ignored the political dynamic that, more than any other, has been transforming the European archipelago over the past seventy years: the process of European integration. ...

Built Orders and World Polities: Mapping the Global Moravian Network
10:00 am
online

Lecture (for members only)

Built Orders and World Polities: Mapping the Global Moravian Network

Jasper Ludewig

How did ‘the global’ emerge as a scale of human society? What types of architecture were used to traverse the physical and cultural distance that this scale engendered? This lecture explores these questions through the prism of the modern Moravian movement. ...

Computer & creativity in the computational field in architecture: from AI research dilemmas to a new design rationality for the built environment
8:30 am
online

Lecture

Computer & creativity in the computational field in architecture: from AI research dilemmas to a new design rationality for the built environment

Oliver Tessmann und Nadja Gaudillière

The research proposes an exploration of the two parallel timelines of AI and computational architecture and their intertwining – analyzing debates and writings to grasp the theoretical issues at play, but also specific examples of programs, tools and projects in order to take the realities of practice into account. ...

Women Writers under Glass: Glass Scenographies as Construction Sites of Female and Artistic Subjectivity
Which Theater for which City? Part 2
6:15 pm
online

Panel Discussion

Which Theater for which City? Part 2

Frankfurt's theater is currently on the verge of setting a course that will shape it significantly well into the 21st century: What should the buildings, in which the city subsidized…

Real Estate Poetry
7:00 pm
online

Lecture

Real Estate Poetry

Marija Marić

Could texts on buildings and cities, written to sell, be considered as a new and unexpected source of poetry? This lecture will discuss the production of architecture in a global…

Under Glass Bells: Passages between literature, architecture, and material culture.
Which Theater for which City? Part 1
6:15 pm
online

Panel Discussion

Which Theater for which City? Part 1

Frankfurt's theater is currently on the verge of setting a course that will shape it significantly well into the 21st century: What should the buildings, in which the city subsidized…

Reframing design: Oswald Mathias Ungers’ City metaphors
4:00-6:00 pm
online

Seminar

Reframing design: Oswald Mathias Ungers’ City metaphors

Cornelia Escher

Cornelia Escher teaches the history and theory of architecture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She received her doctorate in 2014 from the ETH Zurich. Subsequently she was a postdoctoral fellow in…

City Metaphors. How Architects and Urbanists Conceptualize Cities
The Corporation and the Conception of Modern Space. Consolidating the Research Perimetral Walls
Architecture_Metaphor
1:00 pm
online

Conference

Architecture_Metaphor

We commonly and ubiquitously use architectural metaphors in both everyday speech as well as various professional contexts. Yet we rarely, if at all, register this connection when we talk, for example, about software architects, thought constructs, pillars of society, the architecture of the brain or the façade a person puts up. ...

Architecture in a Real-Estate-Media Complex
Letters/Architecture
2:45pm-4:00pm
online
in German

Project presentation

Letters/Architecture

Markus Dauss

This study re- and deconstructs discourses that understand architecture as writing, and also illuminates the opposite side of this intermedial metaphor, namely the notion of architecture as an image. With…