Theorie der Architektur und Entwerfen

Architectural and Urban Theory

What is architectural theory? It can be understood as a discipline of the humanities. As a history of ideas, it deals with context, content, theses, positions and the socio-cultural implications of architecture. The relevance of architectural theory lies in offering a basis for understanding planning, design and construction as activities that reflect social responsibility. It enables architects to inquire on current challenges in architecture and urban design in an analytical way and answer related questions in a reflective manner according to scientific standards.

Students develop seminar-based results in form of text and illustrations that encourage them to develop individual viewpoints. The ability to transfer results provides a connection between topics of teaching and practice as well as the Department’s interdisciplinary research projects. Architecture can be understood as societal and cultural value that is oriented on requirements of design, aesthetics and ethics. Architectural theory deals with these aspects in an interdisciplinary way according to perspectives of social sciences and cultural studies. The Department offers a corresponding field of studies. The theoretical basis that is conveyed within the lectures of the Bachelor Program are advanced according to different topical foci within the Master Program that are directly related to contemporary issues and debates of architectural design. The most important tools are observation, comparison and evaluation of positions in architectural theory. For individual orientation, teaching subjects are provided according to required categories and goal-oriented perspectives.

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Thinking ahead

Method: Seminar Time: Winter semester 2023/24 Instructor: Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Master In this seminar, students will select a topic of their own choosing, which will be discussed and approved by the instructor. mehr

Megastructures Reloaded II

Method: The preservation of access to contemporary theoretical concepts, frameworks and tendencies and the engagement with a critique-related discourse Duration: summer semester 2022 Critics: Prof. Dr. mehr

Positions XI

Method: fictitious correspondence between two architects of architectural theory Duration: winter semester 2021/2022 Critics: Carola Dietrich, Tobias Hönig, Mathieu Wellner, Richard Woditsch Semester: Bachelor 5 Correspondents: Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Bernard Tschumi, Anne La mehr

Rem Koolhaas

Method: Elaboration of an essay and documentation of a building by Rem Koolhaas Time: winter semester 2021/22 Critics: Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch, Prof. mehr

Plural Realities

Duration: Wintersemester 2021/22 Critics: Jennifer Raum Semester: Master Students: Tietz, Alina Resource consumption, inequality, poverty - in our architectural work we are surrounded by so-called "wicked problems" - social, cultural or ecological problems that, due to their complexity, mehr

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Method: Elaboration of an essay and documentation of a building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Time: winter semester 2020/21 Critics: Prof. Carola Dietrich, Jennifer Raum, Mathieu Wellner, Prof. Dr. mehr

Positions X

Method: fictitious correspondence between two architects of architectural theory Time: winter semester 2020/2021 mehr

POSTMODERNISM

Method: reading and writing theories + creating posters + creating concept guides Duration: summer semester 2020 Critics: Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Master mehr

Positions IX

Method: fictitious correspondence between two architects of architectural theory Duration: winter semester 2018/2019 Critics: Peter Popp, Mathieu Wellner, Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Bachelor 5 Correspondents: Goethe, Hegel, Humboldt, Ledoux, Beethoven, Turner, Le Duc, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Gilly mehr

Megastructures reloaded

Method: The preservation of access to contemporary theoretical concepts, frameworks and tendencies and the engagement with a critique-related discourse Duration: summer semester 2019 Critics: Prof. Ingrid Burgstaller, Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Master 1 mehr

Megastructures Reloaded

Methode: Der Erhalt von Zugang zu zeitgenössischen theoretischen Konzepten, Rahmenbedingungen und Tendenzen und die Auseinandersetzung mit einem Kritik verbundenen Diskurs. Zeit: Sommersemester 2019 Dozent: Prof. Ingrid Burgstaller, Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Master 3 mehr

Positions VIII

Method: fictitious correspondence between two architects of architectural theory Duration: winter semester 2018/2019 Critics: Peter Popp, Mathieu Wellner, Prof. Dr. Richard Woditsch Semester: Bachelor 5 mehr