We understand architectural theory and history as active participation. By contributing on many levels from professional publications to public lectures, as jury members in reviews to discussions in social media, we bring our research to society, face feedback and discuss facts and theses.
Oliver Sukrow presented his habilitation project on European health resorts and their therapeutic infrastructures at an international expert workshop at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, held at the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC on May 14-15, 2023.
Lisa Beißwanger was invited to the annual conference of the European Association of Architecture Education in Madrid with her paper "Envisioning a New European Bauhaus Stage". The lecture is part of the paper session "Critical Perspectives / Old Lessons and New Challenges" on September 1, 2022.
On March 9, Anna Luise Schubert and Ines Weizman will be guests at the 8. Forum Architekturwissenschaft „The Power of Sources in Architecture Research and Practice“ with the project of the Centre for Documentary Architecture at the roundtable on Counter Archives. The presentation of the project and the subsequent discussion will be broadcast live at 6:30 pm.
In December 2021, a new paper by Lisa Beißwanger has been published in the open-access and peer-reviewed journal Dimensions of Architectural Knowledge. The second issue of the journal is themed "Spatial Dimensions of Moving Experience". The essay highlights the interpretive potentials of combining dance and architecture.
Lisa Beißwanger's book, published in December 2021, examines when, how, and why art came 'alive' in museums. The investigation focuses on performance exhibitions and events in US museums of the 1970s. The book illuminates the complex interconnections of artists, institutions, the market, and cultural politics that led to a general 'eventization' of the museum.
On December 15, Anna Luise Schubert and Ines Weizman will present the “documentary method” through which the interdisciplinary project team of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA) explores architecture as a nexus and document of historical and political connections at the Aarhus School of Architecture. The lecture will be broadcast live at 4 p.m.
On 11/25/2021, as part of the CCSA Talks, the book launch of Christiane Fülscher's dissertation "Deutsche Botschaften. Zwischen Anpassung und Abgrenzung" will take place in conversation with Monika Wagner and Victoria von Gaudecker. In addition to the function and use, the focus will be on the political symbolic power of new German embassy buildings that can be experienced with all the senses, from the Reichsgründung 1871 to the Nachwendezeit. The event will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. and can also be viewed afterwards on Youtube.
On June 3rd, 2021, Anna-Maria Meister will present her paper "'From Slightly Above and Mostly Frontal': The Perspective of the Child in Ulm ca 1953”. This paper contends that both the Committee for Good Toys as well as the HfG Ulm—related through personal ties and aesthetic kinship—took the design of objects as opportunity to renegotiate the lost Maßstäblichkeit in the postwar (physical and ideological) rubble.
… for a divided Germany and German responses. On June 4, Christiane Fülscher will give a lecture at the international conference "Architecture and Democratization in Postwar Germany" at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg about the influence of the new buildings of embassies and consulates general, which were erected by the Allies in the Federal Republic and the GDR from 1949 onwards, on the architectural self-presentation of both German states abroad.
On May 27, Anna-Maria Meister will give a lecture at the symposium "Digital.Visual.Material" at Carnegie Mellon University. The lecture will examine a diagram in a brochure from the founding days of the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) in Ulm, Germany,which explains the intented ideal process for a product to be developed and shaped in the school. This elaborate scheme was neither a curricular diagram, nor an aesthetic declaraion. Rather, it was the attempt to model a process, one that was not limited to artefacts or buildings, but ultimately included both students and teachers, as well.
On April 21, 2021, Anna-Maria Meister will give a lecture on the subject "Of Volunteers, Vereine and Housewives: the Makers of Modern German Architecture" as part of the "gta invites" lecture series at ETH Zurich. This talk investigates how institutions, unnamed volunteers and (seeming) non-experts constructed what was later called a “New Architecture” in early 20th century Germany.
On April 18, 2021 Igor Demchenko presented his paper titled “Erased Heritage of the Golden Horde: Forgetting and Remembering in Russian/Soviet Historiography” at the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) 2021 Biennial Symposium.
As part of Oxford University’s conference "Digital Approaches to Art History and Cultural Heritage" Anna Luise Schubert and Ines Weizman will present the CDA’s project »The Matter of Data« in which buildings’ 3D models are used as navigational devices for a comprehensive digital archive.
On the first event of the series "Positions & Perspectives – Creating Knowledge" in the new year 2021, Anna-Maria Meister (Professor of Architectural Theory and Science, TU Darmstadt) and Torsten Lange (Guest Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Architecture, Art and Design, TU Munich) will explore new forms of generating and making visible knowledge in and about architecture in their joint lecture "Creating Knowledge".
The newly published article by Anna-Maria Meister contrasts Neufert's two well-known books – Bau-Entwurfslehre and Bauordnungslehre – with his unpublished treatise "Lebensgestaltungslehre". Never published as a bound volume, it was sketched between 1936 and 1942 in diary entries on folded DIN A4 sheets and organized in a standardized card index.