TEACHING: THE CITY AS FOUND OBJECT – THE OBJECT AS FOUND CITY
Since this semester I have a teaching assignment for "Design and Representation" in the master program at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at HfT Stuttgart. The aim of my seminar THE CITY AS FOUND OBJECT – THE OBJECT AS FOUND CITY is to question contemporary production models of architecture and the city, to rediscover them and to stimulate experimentation and speculation. Therefore, the students should initially be inspired by the traces of the existing, everyday and ordinary - "as found" - and thus come to new insights. Following the example of City Metaphors (1982) by O. M. Ungers, the personal examination of everyday objects forms the basis of the further process of design and presentation. By filtering out the respective essence of the object, the subsequent research of analogies and metaphors as well as the formation of chains of association and narrative threads, a design attitude to the object-reference-combination is to be developed.
This somehow feels immensely liberating, because it is about the idiosyncratic disclosure of supposedly unimportant and the gift of making something personally important out of it. It allows a friendly-subversive, perhaps aggressive, questioning of the conventional value structure in order to get to the bottom of things. It is about working with the here and now, with the real and the ordinary, with the tangible and the physical. In the seminar we suggest to follow these footsteps of the existing, in order to recognize the narrative potential and in this way to arrive at new insights and forms.
Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HfT), Faculty of Architecture and Design, Master's Program in Urban Planning, summer 2019. Image: Collection of the examined objects
12 Apr 2019
LECTURE: XIV. INTERNATIONALES BAUHAUS-KOLLOQUIUM
I'm still thrilled and honored to announce that I will have the privilege to share some thoughts at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the context of this year's XIV. Internationales Bauhaus-Kolloquium.
In the anniversary year of the founding of the Bauhaus, this colloquium will bring together an interdisciplinary community of researchers, providing a critical look back at its beginnings and a reflection on some of the core questions of the design disciplines of today. So international architects, urban planners, artists, social scientists, historians, and theoreticians will confront representations and perspectives of the historical Bauhaus with the present day.
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 10 Apr – 12 Apr 2019. For further information on the program and the participants, please click here. Design: Happy Little Accidents
30 Aug 2018
EVENT: PROJEKT BAUHAUS WERKSTATT / DATATOPIA SUMMER SCHOOL
After the preliminary course “From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley” last year, this summer projekt bauhaus revives the Bauhaus’s workshop structure in order to explore the emancipatory potential of technology, to question the idea of progress, and to formulate a critique of the present through design.
Projekt Bauhaus Werkstatt/Datatopia will be hosting lectures, workshops, installations, and performances by Morehshin Allahyari, Alliance of Southern Triangle, Armen Avanessian, Nicolay Boyadjiev, Benjamin Bratton, Beatriz Colomina, Brave New Alps, Keller Easterling, Shirin Fahimi, Victoria Ivanova, Armin Linke, Olaf Nicolai, Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung, T'ai Smith, Ida Soulard, Georg Vrachliotis, Eyal Weizman, Ines Weizman, Mark Wigley, students and scholars from Columbia University, Princeton University, HFBK Hamburg, and participants of the Datatopia Summer School of the Chair for Architekturtheorie Karlsruhe.