Courses in Winter Semester 2022/23

On this page you will find all current courses in the department of Architecture Theory and Science.

The seminar selection for the bachelor seminars of the “Fachgruppe A” takes place in a new form this winter semester. through TUCaN.

The selection process starts on Thursday, October 6, 2022, 14:00, and ends on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 04:55 in the morning.

You will receive information about the election system in a Zoom meetin on Thursday, October 6, 11.00 a.m. via this link: https://tu-darmstadt.zoom.us/j/63977729395

Winter Semester 2022/23

Bachelor

Modern Architecture can no longer be looked at as a singular style emerging from Europe. Taking modernity as a pluralistic concept, this lecture will introduce a diverse array of global geographies and multiple aesthetics. We will look at these “constructions of modernities” both in their political and aesthetic intentions, and will evaluate not just their success, but their social consequences. Studying the emergence of new materials, we will see how changing economic and labor conditions produced new architectures. Studying iconic buildings and settlements, we will expand our view to their extension into the colonies to investigate how the rationality often assigned to modern architecture was also a mode of control and extortion. We will encounter modern architectures, question their ideologies, and contextualize their construction.

Bachelor Lecture Course

Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria Meister

Monday, 11:40-13:20. L3|01 A93 (Max-Guther-Hörsaal)
1st meeting: 17.10.2022

How does architecture materialize “invisible” financial mechanisms? What does finance look like; where is it located? If it has an aesthetic and a contingent materiality, can finance be understood as an architectural phenomenon?

Positioning architecture at the center of global financial processes—mediating the economy across political borders and jurisdictions—this course examines the intersection and historical interdependencies between finance and architecture in global capitalist modernity. While the seminar focuses on the second half of the twentieth century, longer histories of empire—from colonialism and “informal” imperialism to neocolonial rule—will feature prominently in order to connect financial centers like the City of London, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt to an intricate system of “offshore” territories and financial “hinterlands” such as Accra and Port-au-Prince.

Assigned readings will be in English.

Bachelor seminar

Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria Meister
Eva Schreiner M.A.

Block session
1st meeting: 24.10.2022, 17:00, L3|01 room 51 (Fachbereichssaal)

The spatial (re)organisation of domestic work is a recurring theme in the history of housing and urban planning. Empirical studies in the post-war years at the Swedish Hemmens forskningsinstitut / Statens institut för konsumentfrågor bear witness to this. Not only since the pandemic have household activities overlapped with gainful employment. Related spatial negotiation processes pose the task for architects to deal with questions of the spatial (re)organisation of domestic work in all its facets, within the private household and between home and city.

Against the backdrop of historical references, the seminar empirically examines dwelling practices and their spatial (dis)orders, with the aim of making the findings fruitful for the design. Based on their analyses, the participants develop spatial interventions.

Bachelorseminar

Dr.-Ing. Julia von Mende (LA)

Block session
1st meeting: 17.10.22, 13:30, L3|01 room 51 (Fachbereichssaal)

The historical Bauhaus was so far the only architecture school with a dedicated stage department. This was not only a place for theater and dance, but also for experimenting with space, form, color, sound and movement. The concept of the stage workshop developed in the context of ideas of the classical avant-gardes around 1900, for example the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' or the tendency towards abstraction, as well as the burgeoning reform pedagogy, which prioritized action to theory and thereby also profoundly changed architectural education.

In this seminar we will critically examine the conception and function of the historical Bauhaus stage and relate it to later experiments between architecture, theater and dance. The overriding question will be: what can we learn from the historical Bauhaus stage today? English reading skills are required.

Bachelorseminar

Dr. Lisa Beißwanger

Monday, 15:15 – 16:45, L3|01 Room 437
1st meeting: 17.10.22

Are you a model? A questionable start to a conversation one might think, and yet, architecture does beg the question. What does it mean to call something a model? Which implications, projections or desires are called to the table? Architects do not build buildings, they draw plans, they model structures or produce objects. We want to put the model front and center in an assessment of architectural thinking and doing. A new generation of virtual models promises precision, predictability and easy communication between disciplines and protagonists. Architectural models play a precise role in societal processes of making and knowing, and as cultural medium warrant another look. In this seminar, we will ask questions of the model as a tool to create knowledge—not just represent or conserve it—by investigating the modes of production and reproduction of models through digital means, their aesthetic and functional intention, their physical attributes and sensorial effects, and their role in architectural discourse.

Bachelor seminar

Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria Meister

Monday, 15:30 – 17:00, L3|01 Room 110
1st meeting: 17.10.2022