Theorie der Architektur und Entwerfen


The Department’s research topics encompass contemporary and adequate ways of dealing with our historic built heritage, resource-saving spatial development that is accepted by the population in transitional areas between city and landscape, and changing interrelations between society and city in terms of typology.

The key is to analyze the constitutive components of the related built-spatial and societal situations in order to address relevant questions. These include:

Which purpose does our built heritage serve against the specific background of German and European culture and history?
How can we shape fields of action in regional spatial development with regards to demographic change and limited resources?
How can we meet current challenges in architecture and urban design in typological terms?
This research activity is based on the scientific qualification of the Department members and contributes to the scope and methodologies of teaching. Insights and results are gained and presented through research, documentation and particularly model building. Exemplary topics can be developed into design projects. Quantitative basic assessments are complemented by comparisons. Critical analyses and interpretations serve to formulate individual perspectives.

The results of completed research projects indicate the specific responsibility of cities and their citizens on how to deal with the built environment, the potential of public participation and communication between municipalities for spatial planning and design, as well as the adaptive capacity of vernacular architecture. The results are presented to the public within exhibitions, interdisciplinary workshops and public meetings. The Department’s research projects are supported by third-party funding and grants.


Craftsmanship vs. craftiness: The Greek polykatoikia as "adequate" architecture

Traditional craftsmanship and modern mass production span a field of tension that is also reflected in the built environment. We discuss the polykatoikia as an example of how the dualism of architectural „crafsmannship“ and „craftiness“ result in a mass product with the potential for sustained adaptability in and of the Greek city.  mehr

THE PUBLIC PRIVATE HOUSE - Modern Athens and its Polykatoikia

THE PUBLIC PRIVATE HOUSE – Modern Athens and its Polykatoikia Throughout the twentieth century, the ancient city of Athens underwent a massive transformation into simple sets of apartment blocks, or polykatoikia. Today, these multifamily residential units define the city’s landscape from center to periphery and house a majority of Greece’s population. mehr

Nuremberg Architectural Guide

Nuremberg assumes a special role in German history: location of the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire, important center of German new humanism, yet also city of the Nuremberg Rallies of the National Socialist Era and location of the Nuremberg trials. mehr

A Difficult Heritage – National-Socialist Buildings Then and Now

A Cooperation between the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Students of the Faculty of Architecture In the Winter Semester of 2014/15 a group of 76 architecture students of the Bachelor Program's 5th semester at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the mehr

BU 4.0 - Learning from Bubenreuth

How can we promote spatial development that is resource-efficient and accepted by the population in the transitional area between city and landscape? This is the central question of the project „BU 4.0 – Learning from Bubenreuth“. It deals with the example of the rural city by the same name, located within the metropolitan region of Nuremberg. The aim is to identify mehr

PolyCity - Private and Public Spaces of the Polykatoikia in Athen

The uniqueness of the city of Athens is emphasized by two facts: for one, there exists a singular, all-defining building typology that spreads from the center to the periphery based on a principle that can be best described as "copy & paste" – the Polykatoikia. mehr