SS 2020



Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Univ. Ass. Aleksandra Pavicevic
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

Entwerfen 4:
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Brown

This studio investigates how fog harvesting in Lima, Peru, can motivate the design of new architectures that embrace different scales and agents. We will design context-related, sustainable architectural prototypes for housing and communal functions that creatively engage with the climatic phenomenon of the fog.

About 20% of Lima’s population is without access to the drinking water network. Rapid population growth and informal settlements are concerned with the future Municipal Environmental Plan, which restricts the expansion of the city towards the outskirts.

Modern-day El Niño, the Cold Humboldt Current, and the topographic the setting of Lima provides favorable conditions for fog formation. The water particulars offer a crucial source for air humidity-depended vegetation, mostly formed on the outskirts, and established the peculiar social practice of fog harvesting to collect drinking water.

We see these conditions as a great potential to address the environmental and social challenges within Lima and to suggest productive forms of living and habitation by the intelligent integration of existing resources and low-tech based strategies into new hybrid architectures.

This design inquiry expands on the knowledge that we gained in the previous Summer Semester, where we tackled the potentials for new inclusive architectures for exceptional climates in Lima. Fog catchers and fog harvesting were introduced as a building material, but how can that go beyond just a wall or façade?

How can we creatively integrate the intangible potential of the fog into a synergetic architectural design of low-cost housing, and overcome the complex environmental and human conflict in low-income areas to support a better life for those in need?

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WS 2019/2020



Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Guest Prof. SIlvia Benedito
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

Prof.Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Aleksandra Pavicevic
Tobias Brown, Dipl.-Ing.

In the forthcoming Masterstudio/E3, we are turning NANO! Nanotecture means small-scale ARCHITECTURE with big A/EFFECT! We will focus on the elements that are often overlooked in traditional architectural production: climate, atmosphere, weather, temperature, interaction, performance. How can we develop ARCHITECTURES that take on these “marginal” contents and strongly radiate into their surroundings despite small size, restricted materials, and limited budget? What new ARCHITECTURAL solutions can we propose in times of climate change and progressing ecocide? This is where ARCHITECTS have an essential and responsible role to play!

The context for the Masterstudio/E3 is Mexico City. Here, we want to design (and build) a performative pavilion for the Architecture Festival 2020. Departing from the architectural typology of the pavilion, we will envision “climatized follies,” which are created in the climatic, atmospheric, and cultural context of Mexico City. Our design will build on traditional Mexican architecture, magical realism, literature, vegetation, microclimate, and innovative technologies and tools.

The aim of the Masterstudio/E3 is to design small-scale ARCHITECTURES for Mexico City that relate architecture and landscape together in new forms. These nanotectures will become prototypes of a new, climate-based architecture that emerges from a spatial awareness of the lively togetherness that surrounds us at every moment.

“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” – Luis Barragán

The Masterstudio/E3 will participate in the competition for realization the Pabellón Mextrópoli 2020 in Mexico City.

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FUTURE LAB (153.807)
DI Andreas Goritschnig

“Right here right now, is where we draw the line. The world is waking up, and change is coming. Whether you like it or not.”

With her emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit on September 23 in New York, Greta Thunberg once again proved that she wants to awaken US ALL for the climate. Why? Because we are facing the greatest crisis of our civilization. For decades we have known that our CO2 emissions must be radically reduced. Now we have only 8.5 years to implement massive changes in our lifestyles and systems to achieve the necessary 1.5 degree warming that was agreed in Paris in 2015. Little time, for one of the greatest tasks of mankind!

What can we do? What can each of us do? How can this task also become a task for students of architecture and architects? How does the ‘architecture’ of this great social task look like? Which spaces do we have to create and design?

These are the questions we will raise in the Futurelab in the winter semester 19/20, as well as our responsibility as people and as scientific workers, and we will discuss, research, develop, design and become active together!

Those who still doubt whether this is relevant for them or for them will research the scientific facts or hear Greta’s simply urgent appeal:

“How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! For more than 40 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. (...)You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

–Greta Thunberg, UN Climate Summit, 23.09.2019

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TUE 19.11. 1 pm 4 pm                        Start Up!
FRI 22.11. 9 am - 1 pm                        Concepts
FRI 29.11. 9 am - 12 am / 1 pm - 5 pm Design / Make
FRI 06.12. 9 am - 1 pm                        Design / Make
FRI 13.12. 9 am -12 am                                   Presentation

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Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Anouk Vogel, B.A.(Hons.)

Could a house and its garden, or surrounding landscape, be intertwined in such a way that they would lose their individual meaning but without the presence of one another? What unexpected spatial qualities could the merging of architecture and landscape architecture trigger? And what would be the impact on daily life? How would the atmosphere of the house change with the seasons? What would be the environmental gain?

This workshop offers an exercise in understanding landscape architecture as an integral part of architecture. We will explore the world of compact, unconventional, and poetic living from the perspective of landscape architecture.

Through intense drawing sessions and model making we will train lateral thinking and reduce ideas to their absolute essence.

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Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic Dipl diz. Master i landskapsaritektur

This summer, The Institute of Architecture and Landscape had the opportunity to build the installation in the main atrium of Wellington School of Architecture and Design, during Architecture Days Festival in New Zealand and it presents reflections on plant performance, microclimate and design.

Within the usage of vegetative material in enclosed spaces, interiors have been used as devices and methods for creating and controlling microclimatic conditions, for more than 3000 years which have enabled us to reflect continuously.

The seminar this semester explores the genealogy of plants and their cultural and ecological performance in interior setting. The needs for maintenance and growing for extended seasons in unnatural environment have been not only the part of scientific research but as well important cultural exchange and design challenge within realm of architecture. Therefore, the seminar proposes the expansion of the role of plants in interior beyond their obvious aesthetic narratives.

The course will as well reflect on the historical to contemporary examples on how such design thinking, was and can be integrated into practice. It aims to unfold the ways of how do we communicate interior spaces with vegetative material, and will look on needs of spaces from technical-tangible, to cultural and performative-intangible point of view and their reflections on climatic conditions. We will look at the examples of spaces within different public programs, from botanical gardens, exhibition spaces to offices. This seminar is the part of the ongoing research of the Institute and therefore the process of teaching and students’ learning and independent research in groups of 2 will be acknowledged and guided for producing the material for upcoming semestral work of the institute.


                Dienstag 19.11 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 03.12 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 10.12 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 07.01 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 14.01 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 21.01 1500 – 1800
                Dienstag 28.01 1500 – 1800

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SS 2019



ENTWERFEN 4 (153.507)
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Brown
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Univ. Ass. Aleksandra Pavicevic
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

In this year's E4 seminar, we want to transform desert outskirts and sparsely populated desert regions within Peru into habitable and productive habitats by the intelligent use of existing resources and the application of low-tech based strategies. Therefore, we will design in all connecting scales: From the object to architecture towards the landscape.

Peru's coastal strip lies in the rain shadow of the Andes and is influenced by the cold Humboldt Current of the Pacific. This unique combination results in almost no precipitation and extreme dryness, while the air is unusually humid. At the same time, Peru faces social, economic and political challenges. In this year's E4 seminar, we want to address these different agencies and show how they can be creatively combined into a synergetic, innovative whole.

A sensitized awareness of the problem should enable a positive reinterpretation of the prevailing conditions through the development of creative design solutions. We will design context-related, architectural prototypes, which use the climatic peculiarities to ensure a self-sufficient water supply, laying the foundation for new and inclusive living environments!

How do architectures look like that embrace the manifold challenges of the environment and even transform deficiencies into abundance?

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FUTURE LAB (153.807)
DI Andreas Goritschnig

With the Culture Year 2020 under the theme ‘Culture Creates Urban Future’, Graz places urban life ‘of the future’ at the center of an investigating, artistic, experimental and visionary debate. We are looking for innovative, interdisciplinary and/or participatory projects that will sensitize and ready the people of Graz to future issues in a variety of ways.

Questioning traditional economic models, answering to global challenges such as climate change, breaking with ‘business as usual’ as well as envisioning new neighborhoods are as much in focus as the activation of new public spaces. The culture year sees itself as a source of impetus for future urban developments.
Within the course FutureLab in the summer semester 2019, we will address this topic and its various implications, and will develop our own ideas, concepts and small-scale designs. To do so, we will reflect on global challenges as well as international trends, embark on the urban space of Graz, and work collaboratively to develop new practices beginning today and pointing towards future ways of living.

The aim will be to design projects so far that they can be implemented in the context of a larger project in 2020.

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Landlab CASE (153.805)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Maria Chiara Pastore, PhD (Politechnico di Milano, IT)

More than 20 percent of the Earth’s surface are deserts – and deserts grow! While desertification is already known as caused by human action, it still continues to make essential agricultural areas become inefficient, thus withdrawing the livelihood of millions of people. Unprecedented forms and amounts of migration movements are to a great deal caused by anthropogenic climate-driven conditions, causing precarious situations on social, political, environmental and health levels, often resulting in a question of mere survival. 

Since the 1970s only a few projects have been succeeded to approach these challenges in an affirmative and inclusive way, developing practices for improving both local and global situations: Through cooperative re-afforestation projects in Africa, i.e. soil temperatures were reduced, wind streams changed and rainfalls rose. These projects suggest a different way of thinking, where desert areas can be transformed into flourishing forward-looking model regions.

CASE: OASIS – The Green Desert wants to further embrace contemporary challenges, realities and interconnections, and to develop tools and strategies to turn deserts into an integrative medium suggesting innovative solutions and creative environments for facing our planet in the epoch of the Anthropocene. Situated within 15th latitude, the course will design innovative architectural prototypes – affirmatively integrating deserts’ local conditions, resources, vegetation, climate, biodiversity and social structures – that creatively embrace low-tech, innovative technologies and cooperative local practices. 

CASE: OASIS – The Green Desert fundamentally rethinks the relationship between the human being and the environment, wherein “culture and nature” are not any longer a dialectic pair of opposites with apparently irreconcilable conflicts of interests. Nature and landscape, their ecology and dynamism may become an integral part of our societal ambitions and  decisions – developing a precarious situation full of abundance, and an architecture of living spatial practices! A Green Desert! Sign in soon!

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Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Guest: Christiana Pitsillidou, Atelier Oslo, NO

The concrete channelization of the Los Angeles river creates a global memory as endless plane and playground for fantasy production in many Hollywood films. 

Nowadays, the dry LA River zone is envisioned beyond its function as “escape-route” — now in a playful manner, as synthetic organism of recreation and urban revitalization oasis of restored habitats, introducing nature, art and play.

In a playful way, communities, spirits, minds and health of people can be built. Play involves and encourages us to be curious. Play is an essential element of the education of our children and future generations. Arts, culture experience and education are essential to 21st Century success.

PLAY: L.A. aims to envelop contemporary urban realities and fantasies, and to further develop concepts through micro interventions in urban context. What you learn: Through urban micro interventions you will explore and learn how to implement the knowledge of analyzing complex urban contexts and applying contextual learnings to future urban design tasks.

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Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

- How can architecture initiate a potential future that builds on contemporary global challenges?

- How can architecture react on weather phenomena and climatic conditions to propose and enable new ways of living?

- How can architecture design vibrant interactions to motivate living social, cultural, ecological and economic practices?

- How can we think and design “inclusively” and create spaces that open up living conditions and stimulating qualities?

Following the topic of “weatherarchitectures” in the arid context of Lima, Peru, we are answering these questions and set off for creative and diverse small-scale solutions for contemporary and future practices in urban space.

Departing from the cultural technique of “fog catching”, we will create spaces and constructions that build on weather, climatic, social, geographical or cultural conditions, re-think them anew, and suggest new prototypical future-headed solutions.

In the one-week workshop, you will learn methods and strategies for conceptualizing, drawing and designing “weatherarchitectures” that give space to novel forms of living, producing and acting in extreme environments! Sign up soon!

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WS 2018/2019



Landlab CASE (153.804)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Hengel
Univ. Ass. Bernhard König
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker 

ENTWERFEN 3 (153.506)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Brown
Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Hengel
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

In the Master Studio “From Object to Field”, we will unfold the creative performativity of future ARCHITECTURES. In this future-focused studio approach to architecture we will think inclusively! In immersing in local microclimates and social networks, we will develop ARCHITECTURES that shift from singular objects to “field conditions”. As the emphasis on the object often negates the complexity of living systems – we will focus on alive social connections, varying climate and site conditions, and social processes that constantly are emerging and are in formation.

In the Master Studio “From Object to Field” we want to answer the questions: What are the ARCHITECTURES of performative field conditions? How can ARCHITECTURE embrace the temporality of a given site? How does ARCHITECTURE adjust its atmospheric conditions due to climate and changing program? And how can ARCHITECTURE and LANDSCAPE symbiotically perform as microclimatic instruments, in applying the advances of future technologies and system thinking?

To give answers to these questions, we will focus on Portugal – and on the specific context of the urban district Marvila – Lisbon’s newest creative hub. We will expand the task of designing a Community and Interpretive Centre (3000 m2) to become more than the design of a mere object: we will experiment, think and practice how architecture can perform in enhancing the district’s social, economic and environmental and climatic qualities.

Let us turn from one to the many, from individual to the collective, from mono-functional objects to living and multidimensional fields!

The Master Studio “From Object to Field” takes part in the University Award Competition of the 2019 Lisbon Triennial of Architecture.

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Living productive microarchitectures for Lisbon, Portugal

WORKSHOP 1 (153.513)
Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Goritschnig
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

- How must our public spaces be designed to play an active and productive role in people's lives?

- How can we think "inclusive" and generate spaces that open up changing conditions and stimulating qualities?

- How do these architectures react to local climatic conditions in order to stimulate or even make possible uses?

- How can architecture design living interactions to motivate diverse social, cultural, ecological or economic practices?

With the topic of microarchitectures in the context of Lisbon, Portugal, we are following the trail of imaginative and formative small solutions for present and future practices in the public space and urban field.

We create spaces that are shaped by social, climatic, geographical or cultural conditions, rethink these conditions and propose prototypical, forward-looking solutions.

The one-week workshop will teach methods for developing, drawing and atmospherically depicting "micro-architectures" that create space to new and reinterpreted practices in an urban environment: Objects in a field full of possibilities!

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Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic

Imagine that you can control the weather, the Sun, the Moon, the land. Imagine you being an architect of your own universe! The Institute for Architecture and Landscape is giving you the seminar on worlding! Worlding is defined as an artificial art of creating an environment by choosing a present/condition, storytelling its past, simulating the future and nurturing it’s changes with its characters and ecologies/live matter – similar to the attributes of architect’s task.

Learning Result:
-Learn basics of video game software and 3d modeling for ecological simulation and representation, as opposition to parametric software, focused on geometry.
-Following given examples, you will learn how storytelling can be translated into a moving image.
-Learn about systems, networks, and technologies that are responsive, scalable, adaptable, non-linear, and multivalent, evolving through time and space.
-Learn about environmental imagination, while making sense of the complexity of technological and ecological systems
-Looking at the unpredictability of economic, ecologic and climatic conditions that leads us to imagine new means of design in given field conditions.

The seminar will be divided in two parts:
-in the first part, you will learn about responsive technologies through theory and speculative or built projects in the realm of different climatic conditions, scales and its representation
-in the second part, you will be having technical crash courses on tools.

The final phase will be following in the intensive week when realizing your storyboards on given examples into video format, representing your perspectives through time and space. Collecting the data and digitalizing the given environments inserting borrowing material from
digital libraries, the priority will be given to ecological performances. If you are familiar with other 3d packages, you are free to use them.

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SS 2018



Landlab CASE (153.805)

Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Andreas Boden
Univ. Ass. Bernhard König

DESIGN 4 (153.507)
Univ. Ass. Tobias Brown
Univ. Ass. Christoph Pirker

The aim of the Master Studio "Living Forest" is to relate the performance of the forest to the urban environment. We want to create a dense neighborhood that enables for new integral forms of life, work and exchange to grow within the urban grid of Palmas, Brazil.

Based on references to site-specific practices and specificities, we investigate how forest and city can be built together. Let us design new hybrid typologies of a living forest ecosystem! The city of Palmas is structured by a modernist grid, which means a clear separation of meaning and content. Embedded in the tropical climate of the Amazonas basin, the lush vegetation and climatic conditions of the site are suppressed by technocratic patterns of urban planning.

Furthermore, the applied Brazilian Social Housing Program in Palmas ignores the climatic, ecological and social dimensions. At this point, we are facing the need for a new model, and the question is: Can we create vibrant systems that do not exclude, but explicitly connect existing influences and human aspirations? – Yes, we can! Today, more than 130’000 km2 of forest are cleared every year to serve human purposes, industrial agriculture, and non-functional urban development. We want a different concept of urbanity to become reality! 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” (R. Buckminster Fuller)

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FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig

In the Futurelab in the summer semester, we will develop 'microarchitectures' that connect human habitats with novel urban forest zones. 

These urban forest zones are equally habitats for animals and plants, improve the urban climate and create green oases in the city. The site of application for the micro architectures is defined as an urban development area in Palmas, Brazil, with a tropical climate and a diverse range of forest vegetation. 

The aim of the Furturelab is to use micro-architectures to show, draw and atmospherically depict new practices of interaction with the new lively urban green zones. From the communal urban forest kitchen to the coworking area in the shady open air.

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Univ. Ass. Marcello Fantuz

The seminar is part of an ongoing study on the role of thermodynamic interactions between climate and architecture.

The modern division of enclosed spaces from their surroundings has made architecture dependent on mechanical installations to achieve the comfort required by its inhabitants, and therefore has marginalized the architects' ability to create stimulating atmospheres. 

The seminar aims to surpass this division with a new thermodynamic understanding that allows architects to design spaces, select materials and plan program with the awareness of how local climatic conditions can be used and enable them to work integrally to achieve the desired performance. 

From the molecular to the territorial organisation every scale and shade of the research will offer us the opportunity to learn how heat is stored, transmitted and dissipated within the urban fabric. By analyzing a number of remarkable conditions we will be able to distill design principles that provide us with a thermodynamic understanding of spatial arrangements that can be offered to architects and planners alike. 

Our goal is to formulate a new diagrammatic vocabulary that will enable architects to work towards the creation of healthy, comfortable, and inspiring spaces while contributing to the formation of cities of the future.

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WORKSHOP 2 (153.514)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Marcello Fantuz

Air, climate and atmosphere connect all living beings on earth. Air is food, information carrier, energy producer and resource at the same time. Their property, composition or movement contributes significantly to determining the atmosphere of a place and to establishing its specificity. Although air is one of the most important elements, as a creative design material it is difficult to grasp when compared to physical elements.

During the workshop we will ask ourselves: How can we depict air? Can we design with air? Can we create an air stream? What is air made of? What does it transport? Can we smell, hear and feel air?

Building on the expertise of the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, the workshop will explore new ways of thinking about air. Each group of students will design a conceptual artistic installation that places air at the center and addresses its nature, meaning, characteristics and potentials. The students encounter the sensory experience of a space in which each breath leads closer to an ecological consciousness.
„When you take a breath, you touch a part of the planet, with the inside of your body.“ (Tor Nørretranders)

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