Lecture Series Architectural Research

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The lecture series "Architectural Research" is an integral part of the Graz Architecture Doctoral School. In the series, international as well as local scholars and architects present their architectural research projects, introducing research concepts, methods and results. In a follow-up workshop, registered participants can exchange ideas and discuss their individual approach with the lecturers.

Alexander Passer
TU Graz
„Assessing Life Cycle Related Environmental Impacts Caused by Buildings“
Thursday, November 9, 2023, 7pm
HS L (PORR), Lessingstraße 25/1.OG, 8010 Graz

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Alexander Passer is Professor for Sustainable Construction at Graz University of Technology. Since 2011 he has headed the Sustainable Construction Working Group, which deals with topics of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), its application in the design process and the optimisation of the life cycle performance of buildings, taking into account systemic interactions. His research focuses on operationalising sustainability in construction, esp. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Multicriteria Decision Models (MCDM) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Passer is an Austrian delegate in the committees of CEN/TC350 and CEN/TC 442 as well as other national and international technical committees. Since 2018 he has been chairman of the Sustainability Advisory Board of TU Graz. He has been on the board of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), the Climate Research Network Austria since 2018. In 2014, he was a visiting professor at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich. He is also subject editor for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment in the area of construction materials and buildings.

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Robert Jan van Pelt
University of Waterloo
"The Little Engine That Could. A History of the Barrack"
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7pm
Halle, Kronesgasse 5/I, 8010 Graz

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Robert Jan van Pelt has been teaching at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture since 1987 and has held positions at many institutions of higher education worldwide, including the AA London, TU Vienna, University of Kassel, National University of Singapore, University of Virginia, Clark University, and MIT. He has published 13 books dealing with topics such as the cosmic speculations on the Temple of Solomon, relativism in architectural history, the history of Auschwitz, the history of the Holocaust, Jewish refugees, Holocaust denial, and his most recent work, An Atlas of Jewish Space, which coincided with the opening of a new synagogue at the Babyn Yar massacre site in Kyiv in 2021. Most recently, he has completed a book on the history of concentration camp barracks which will appear with Park Books. His forensic work on the crematoria of Auschwitz generated „The Evidence Room“, an installation, created in collaboration with Waterloo professors Anne Bordeleau and Donald McKay, first shown at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Van Pelt is the chief curator of the international traveling exhibtion „Auschwitz. Not Far Away. Not Long Ago“. He was also a member of the KPMBDaoust Lestage architectural team that won the competition for a new home for the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

Salvatore Pisani
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
"Paris as a Furnished City. Rethinking Urbanity and Subpolitics in the 19th Century"
Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7pm
HS II, Rechbauerstraße 12/1.KG, 8010 Graz

Salvatore Pisani is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of Mainz. After studying in Heidelberg, Berlin (TU) and Paris (EHESS), he worked at research institutes and universities in Florence, Zurich (ETH) and Saarbrücken. Currently, together with Gregor Wedekind, he is leading a research project on 19th century Parisian Street Furniture, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), in which the new set of street lamps, advertising columns, benches, newspaper kiosks, public toilets and much more are being studied with a particular view to their role in the development of modern urbanity. It pursues the thesis that the net-like dispositive of everyday objects discreetly shapes and choreographs certain forms of action and thus public space. As a modern administrative state, France has developed a specific subpolitics, in other words, a latent grammar of governance that has been translated into a grammar of the street – and vice versa.

Lisa Yamaguchi
TU Graz
"Design in the Focus of Research"
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 7pm
HS II, Rechbauerstraße 12/1.KG, 8010 Graz

Ana María Durán Calisto
Yale School of Architecture
"The History of Bioeconomies in Amazonia"
Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7pm
Halle, Kronesgasse 5/II, 8010 Graz