13 December 2013
ACAP Seminar with Daniel Birnbaum, Johan Bettum and Douglas Gordon
Daniel Birnbaum and Johan Bettum continue their double seminars with Johan's ACAP Group. Former Rector of the Städel, Birnbaum is now the director of the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm and teaches philosophy at Städel. Douglas Gordon is a professor in Städel and one of the world's foremost artists working with video. Together, they will conduct a seminar on cinematic space in reference to Birnbaum's book 'Chronology', Deleuze's notion of 'Crystal Time', and Gordon's own work.
12.12.2013 : Introductory talk with Daniel and the students.
13.12.2013 : Daniel, Johan, Douglas Gordon.
1400 hrs, SAC Seminar Room
photo : Wolfgang Tillmans (Birnbaum, left) and Martin Hunter (Gordon, right)
13 December 2013
Performance : A Lecture by Prof. Mirco Becker
The lecture looks at the widely used notion of performance in architectural design. On one end of the spectrum it refers to the classic aspect of building performance which is used as a quantitative measure of efficiency for energy use, human comfort, and environmental impact as promoted by Thomas Auer of Transolar.
On the other end of the spectrum performance refers to the inner workings of dynamic and responsive systems which exhibit change by responding to internal or external stimuli. This is true for mechanical systems such as bending active structures as well as for biological systems such as plant growth. This notion which is much closer to the notion of behavior as promoted by Philip Ball The Self-made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature.
Two extreme positions towards performance in architectural are featured. One camp embraces the it as a driver towards meaningful design including people like Norman Foster and ICD. The other camp argues that building technology can address performance which liberates architecture to focus on the core values of space and tectonics as prominently defended by Preston Scot Cohen.
13.12.2013, 1100am, SAC Seminar Room
22 November 2013
FORM : A Lecture by Prof. Mirco Becker
The lecture traces how the notion of form in architecture developed as a device to challenge typology. This happened at various instances often under entirely different premises. So was the relation between structure and form initiated in gothic design later being picked-up by Antonio Gaudi. Frei Ottos form-finding techniques use this very same understanding of forming matter under equalized energy some 50 years later. Lars Spuybroek transposed the work of Otto into the digital domain which then was pushed further from a materialists perspective towards a morphogenetic one by Hensel/Menges/Weinstock. Today we see first instances where generative processes under a digital paradigm start to alter the formation of matter itself in a truly disruptive manner.
SAC Seminar Room : 1100 am
19 November 2013
structural seminar with Mark Fahlbusch
The master thesis class had a brief seminar with our guest professor Mark Fahlbusch on structural design. The students engaged in structural techniques which can then be implemented in their own work in their next seminar with him next week. Mark Fahlbusch is a partner and a project manager at Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure and is responsible for the structural design of various national and international projects in concrete, steel, glass and textile membranes. He has extensive knowledge in the design of geometrically complex free-form structures in combination with challenging façade systems.
13 November 2013
APD at Liebieghaus
APD took a high resolution 3d scan at the Liebieghaus sculpture collection. The Maria Immaculata by Mathias Steinl serves a the source for digital analysis on form. The workshop aims to build an analytical and descriptive repertoire to better discuss form and bridge the divide between quantitative and qualitative assessment. Further results of this workshop will be presented in form of digitally fabricated models at the Städelschule Rundgang in February 2014.
9 December 2013
Structural Seminar Part 3
Prof. Dr. Mark Fahlbusch continues his structural seminar with the Master Thesis Group on 10.12.2013. 1000 seminar room.
5 December 2013
Mid Term Reviews
The students shall present their on-going work in the upcoming Mid-Term Reviews. FYG present on 17 and 18 Dec, MTG on 19 and 20 Dec.
28 November 2013
Structural Seminar Part 2
Prof. Dr. Mark Fahlbusch to conduct the second part of his structural seminar with the Master Thesis Group on 3.12.2013, 1000 hrs in the seminar room.
16 November 2013
Structural seminar with Mark Fahlbusch
Structural expert Mark Fahlbusch conducts a seminar with the Master Thesis students, giving them structural design inputs.
16 November 2013
First Year trip to Stuttgart
The First Year Group is in Stuttgart visiting the Stuttgart University, the Weissenhofsiedlung, Mercedes Museum and the Porsche Museum.