WS 2021/2022

MID-DOOR ARCHITECTURE

Plant Life As Mediator Between Built Form and Outdoor Environment

Urban Ecology and Design (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic, Dipl diz Master I Landskaparkitektur

The focus of this architectural seminar is to fully comprehend the exchange of synergies between the interior and the exterior spaces where plant performance is used as a design medium.

We are asking the following questions that will give you answers on learning outcome:

- What is the role of architecture in the network of intertwined relationships of the ecosystem?
- How interior and exterior have progressively merged into a unique complex system? - How do we as architects translate our imagination of ecology into a built form?
- How do you as an architectural designer make more inclusive environment through built form?

By studying the intersections between built form and outdoor environments in architectural realm, the aim of this seminar is to present to you and to reveal the systematic ecological approach in design thinking.

The seminar is equipping you with knowledge of:

- ecosystem services and relationship between biotic and abiotic factors
- plant performance
- human comfort (the sensuous and hints between environment and human body in architectural design 

…as main intermediators in architectural designs in order to envision strategies for designing spaces by interweaving indoor and outdoor into ecosystems of holistic well-being and environment in architectural realm.

You will learn and understand all kinds of multilayered benefits to ameliorate the microclimatic conditions of environments in architectural design.

The course will reflect on vegetative architectural examples, and by analyzing the built structures, you will learn principles on what to pay attention for future design assignments.

We will primary focus on drawing representation techniques to communicate the learning and strengthen architectural communication, with support of short descriptions texts.

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THINK RESILIENCE

DESIGNS & CONCEPTS FOR A GREEN PLANET AND HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

Sustainable Systems (153.802)
Mag.arch. Valentin Spiegel-Scheinost
DI Tobias Brown

The lecture Sustainable Systems deals with local technological, economic and ecological cycles and reflects on their interactions and relationships with the landscape and spatial planning. The course focuses on the fundamental understanding of sustainable systems as well as on the different possibilities of development, promotion and communication. In addition to the question of societal visions of the future, the potential of design and planning for sustainable future development will be examined in particular. Mediation and representation of complexity in a regional systemic context; development of a reflexive understanding of the shaping forces of city-landscape; i.e., recognition and understanding of complex structures in deviation to our traditional, superficial landscape and city scenarios; mediation of approaches to develop analyses for the comparability of different scenarios.

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CLIMATE HOUSE HOLD

DESIGNING CLIMATE-POSITIVE LIVING SPACES AND PRACTICES

FutureLab (153.807)
Dipl. Ing. Andreas Goritschnig
(breatheearth.net)

„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, 2019 in New York, Greta Thunberg has once again proven that she wants to wake us ALL up for the climate. Why? Because we are facing the biggest crisis of our civilization.

We have known for decades that our CO2 emissions need to be radically curbed. Now we have 7.5 years left to implement massive changes in our lifestyles and systems to reach the maximum 1.5 degrees of warming that was made binding in Paris 2015.

Little time for one of the biggest tasks of mankind!

What can we do? What can each of us do actively? How can this task also become a task for architects? What do architects have to learn? What does the 'architecture' of this great social task look like? What spaces do we need to create and redesign? ...

These are the questions we will face in the Future Lab in the winter semester 2021/22. Together, we will discuss, research and design climate-positive households and buildings.

Greta's simply urgent call:
"How dare you? You have stolen my childhood with your empty words. And I am still one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, and ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and you are all just talking about money and telling fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you? The science has been clear for forty years. How dare you still look the other way and sit here and say you're doing enough when the necessary solutions still aren't there? (...) You are letting us down, but the youth are beginning to realize how serious their betrayal is. The eyes of all future generations are on you. If you fail us again, we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with it. Here and now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is on the way, whether you like it or not."

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SS 2021

COUNTRYSIDE REVISITED

RURAL INNOVATIONS AS POTENTIALS FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Performative Landscapes (153.821)
Mag.arch. Valentin Spiegel-Scheinost
DI Tobias Brown

In this Seminar we are going to trace the structures of performative landscapes on the countryside and investigate their potentials as tools for spatial concepts.

According to UN data the most part of the global population is expected to be living in urban areas in near future. The need to find ways for a sustainable lifestyle on our planet has more and more become a question of sustainable development of urban growth. Everything seems to be focussing on the urban. But what ever happened to the countryside?

The central thesis of a recent exhibit of OMA is the following paradox: our current form of urban life has necessitated the organization, abstraction, and automation of the countryside at an unprecedented scale. Data storage, fulfillment centers, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, robotic automation, economic innovation, worker migration, and the private purchase of land for ecological preservation are in many cases more actively explored and experimented with in the countryside than the city.

That's why we're going to do a trip to the country: Where can we find these invisible protagonists? In which patterns and structures do they emerge? We will no longer see the city and the country as a dichotomy but rather as two associates depending on each other. And most of all: Can these new forms and systems bring new findings, could they provide a toolkit for new spatial concepts and thus help to break old habits and patterns of architectural design?

In this course you will learn to correlate your design strategies to the happenings of the 98% of our planet's surface which is not being covered by cities. This will help you set your future design tasks into a bigger - and thus more relevant - image.

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KLIMA HAUS HALT

KLIMAKRISE - NEUE RÄUME & KLIMAPOSITIVE PRAKTIKEN

FutureLab (153.807)
Dipl. Ing. 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, 2019 in New York, Greta Thunberg has once again proven that she wants to wake us ALL up for the climate. Why? Because we are facing the biggest crisis of our civilization. We have known for decades that our CO2 emissions need to be radically curbed. Now we have 7.5 years left to implement massive changes in our lifestyles and systems to reach the maximum 1.5 degrees of warming that was made binding in Paris 2015. Little time for one of the biggest tasks of mankind!

What can we do? What can each of us do actively? How can this task also become a task for architects? What do architects have to learn? What does the 'architecture' of this great social task look like? What spaces do we need to create and redesign? ...

These are the questions we will face in the Futurelab in the summer semester of 2021. We will discuss, research and design together to approach the idea of thinking beyond the design of the HOUSE into the everyday practice of HOUSING and design climate positive practices and living spaces.

For those who still doubt whether this has relevance for her or him, research the scientific facts or listen to Greta's simply urgent call:

"How dare you? You have stolen my childhood with your empty words. And I am still one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, and ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and you are all just talking about money and telling fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you? The science has been clear for forty years. How dare you still look the other way and sit here and say you're doing enough when the necessary solutions still aren't there? (...) You are letting us down, but the youth are beginning to realize how serious their betrayal is. The eyes of all future generations are on you. If you fail us again, we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with it. Here and now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is on the way, whether you like it or not."

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A VEGETATIVE GUIDE TO THE BUILDING

Bioclimatic Architectural Realms

Ecological Design (153.820)
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic, Dipl diz Master I Landskaparkitektur

The focus of this architectural seminar is to explore the exchange of synergies between the interior and the exterior space through plant performance.
We are asking the following questions that will give you answers on learning outcome:

  • What is the role of architecture in the network of intertwined relationships of the ecosystem?
  • How do you as an architectural designer make more inclusive environment through built form?
  • How do we as architects translate our imagination of ecology into a built form?
  • How interior and exterior have progressively merged into a unique complex system?

The aim of this seminar is to present to you and to reveal the systematic ecological approach. By doing so, you will learn the relation between live matter and built form, where plant performance takes an important role. Plant material and bioclimatic comfort will be important agencies and the main lenses to teach you on what to consider regarding sustainable building design.

The course will reflect on vegetative architectural examples, and by analysing the built structures, you will learn principles on what to pay attention for future design assignments.

We will communicate through drawings and short description texts, although the drawings will play the major role in architectural communication.

Schedule:
(online WebExMeetings and possible teaching in class)
FRI 16.04 13:00 – 15:00
FRI 23.04 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 30.04 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 07.05 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 21.05 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 28.05 13:00 – 17:00

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WS 2020/2021

INTERIOR LANDSCAPES

ARCHITECTURE AND PLANT PERFORMANCE

URBAN ECOLOGY AND DESIGN (153.806)
Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic, Dipl diz Master I Landskaparkitektur

During the seminar, we will discuss, research, develop and speculate the ideas starting on how interior space you live is synergizing with the exterior. The focus of this seminar is to explore the exchange of synergies between the interior and the exterior space through plant performance. In doing so, we want to connect the plant performance with interior space of your room and exterior space. We are asking the following questions that will give you answers on learning outcome:

• Why interior plants?
• What are the future possibilites for interior vegetation?
• What is our role in the network of intertwined relationships of the ecosystem?
• How do you as a designer make more inclusive environment through built form?

The course will reflect on historical and contemporary examples on how such design thinking through the scales of architecture, was and can be integrated into architectural practice. The aim is to unveil design strategies that crossed the history of architecture and are emerging in contemporary times; understanding the co-relation between live matter and built form through plant performance. The aim is to embrace your learnings on how to connect the living interior to the exterior and translate it to space through drawing sessions. We will learn designing with this relationship between architecture and living ennvirnonment. In this context, our imagination can encourage and enhance the spontaneous exchange between our bodily senses, the earthly sensuous and built into one inclusive environment!

SCHEDULE:
(online WebExMeetings)
FRI 13.11 13:00 – 15:00
FRI 20.11 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 27.11 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 04.12 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 11.12 13:00 – 17:00
FRI 18.12 13:00 – 17:00

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ARCHITECTURE OF CHANGE

KLIMAKRISE - ARCHITEKTUR JENSEITS DER LINIE 

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig, Dipl.-Ing.

"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 in New York on September 23, 2019, Greta Thunberg proved once again that she wants to shake us all up 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 8.0 years left to implement massive changes in our way of life and in our systems in order to reach the maximum 1.5 degree warming that was bindingly set in Paris in 2015. Little time for one of the biggest tasks of mankind!

What can we do? What can each and every one of us do? How can this task also become a task for architects? What do architecture students have to learn? What does the 'architecture' of this great social task look like? Which spaces do we have to create and redesign? ...

These are the questions we will be asking ourselves again at the Futurelab in the winter semester 20/21, just as we will be facing up to our responsibility as human beings and as scientists. We will discuss, research, develop, design and perhaps even take action together!

Anyone who still doubts whether this is relevant for him or her should research the scientific facts or simply listen to Greta's urgent appeal:

"How dare you? You stole my childhood with your empty words. And yet I am still one of the lucky ones. People suffer, people die, and ecosystems collapse. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and you all just talk about money and tell fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you? Science has been clear for forty years. How dare you still look away and sit here and say that you are doing enough when the necessary solutions are still not there? (...) You are abandoning us, but young people are beginning to understand the gravity of your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are on you. If you fail us again, we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with it. Here and now is the point where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is on the way, whether you like it or not."

TERMINE - online per SKYPE / work per PADLET
Do. 19.11. 9-13 Uhr Start Up! / Research
Fr. 20.11. 9-13 Uhr Research
Do 26.11. 9-13 / 14-17 Uhr Design
Fr 27.11. 9-13 Uhr Design
Do 03.12. 9-12 Uhr Presentation

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SS 2020

ARCHITEKTUR JENSEITS DER LINIE

KLIMAKRISE - ‚ARCHITEKTUREN DES WANDELS‘ 

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig, Dipl.-Ing.

„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.“

Mit ihrer emotionalen Rede am UN Klimagipfel a 23.September 2019 in New York hat Greta Thunberg einmal mehr bewiesen, dass sie UNS ALLE fürs Klima wachrütteln will. Warum? Weil wir vor der größten Krise unsere Zivilisation stehen. Seit Jahrzehnten wissen wir, dass unsere CO2 Emissionen radikal eingedämmt werden müssen. Nun bleiben uns noch 8,0 Jahre, um massive Veränderungen in unserer Lebensweise und in unseren Systemen umzusetzen, damit wir die max. 1,5 Grad Erwärmung die in Paris 2015 verbindlich festgelegt wurden noch erreichen. Wenig Zeit für eine der größten Aufgaben der Menschheit!

Was können wir tun? Was kann jede/r Einzelne von uns aktiv machen? Wie kann diese Aufgabe auch eine Aufgabe für die Architektinne und Architekten werden? Was müssen Architekturstundiertende Foto: Süddeutsche Zeitung lernen? Wie sieht die ‚Architektur‘ dieser großen gesellschaftlichen Aufgabe aus? Welche Räume müssen wir schaffen und neu gestalten? ...

Diesen Fragen stellen wir uns im Futurelab im Sommersemester 20, ebenso wie wir uns unserer Verantwortung als Menschen und auch als wissenschaftlich Arbeitende stellen werden. Wir werden diskutieren, recherchieren, entwickeln, designen und gemeinsam aktiv werden!

Wer noch zweifelt, ob dies für sie oder ihn Relevanz hat, recherchiere die wissenschaflichen Fakten oder höre Gretas schlicht eindringlichen Aufruf:
„Wie können Sie es wagen? Sie  haben meine Kindheit mit Ihren leeren Worten gestohlen. Und dabei bin ich noch eine der Glücklichen. Die Menschen leiden, die Menschen sterben, und die Ökosysteme brechen zusammen. Wir sind am Anfang eines Massensterbens und Sie reden alle nur über Geld und erzählen Märchen vom ewigen Wirtschaftswachstum. Wie können Sie es wagen? Die Wissenschaft ist seit vierzig Jahren eindeutig. Wie können Sie es wagen, immer noch wegzuschauen und hier zu sitzen und zu sagen, dass Sie genug machen, wenn die nötigen Lösungen immer noch nicht da sind? (...) Sie lassen uns im Stich, aber die Jugend fängt an zu begreifen, wie schwerwiegend ihr Verrat ist. Die Augen aller künftigen Generationen sind auf Sie gerichtet. Wenn Sie uns erneut im Stich lassen, werden wir Ihnen das nie verzeihen. Wir werden Sie damit nicht davonkommen lassen. Hier und jetzt ist der Punkt gekommen, an dem wir die Grenze ziehen. Die Welt wacht auf und Veränderung ist auf dem Weg, ob Sie es wollen oder nicht.“  Greta Thunberg, UN Klimagipfel New York, 23.09.2019 (https://www.facebook.com/1438823342/posts/1021505 7751424061?sfns=mo)

TERMINE
Do. 07.05. 9-13 Uhr Start Up! / Research
Fr. 08.05. 9-13 Uhr Research
Do 28.05. 9-13 / 14-17 Uhr Design
Fr 29.05. 9-13 Uhr Design
Do 04.06. 9-12 Uhr Präsentation

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WS 2019/2020

PLANTASTIC

A VEGETATIVE GUIDE FOR ARCHITECTS

URBAN ECOLOGY AND DESIGN (153.806)
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.

TERMIN:

                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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ARCHITECTURE BEYOND THE LINE

CLIMATECRISIS – DESIGNING ‚ARCHITECTURES OF CHANGE‘

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
DI Andreas Goritschnig
https://andreasgoritschnig.wordpress.com

“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

(https://www.facebook.com/1438823342/posts/1021505 7751424061?sfns=mo)

SCHEDULE:

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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SS 2019

PLAY L.A.

URBAN DESERT MICRO CLIMATES

ECOLOGICAL DESIGN (153.820)
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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URBAN FUTURE, NOW!

CULTURE CREATES URBAN FUTURE

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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WS 2018/2019

TOWARDS WORLDING

ARCHITECTURAL STORYTELLING OF FIELD CONDITIONS THROUGH THE MOVING IMAGE

URBAN ECOLOGY AND DESIGN (153.806)
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

THERMODYNAMIC PATTERNS

FROM MOLECULAR TO URBAN

ECOLOGICAL DESIGN (153.826)
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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MICROARCHITECTURES

FOR NEW URBAN LIVING

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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WS 2017/2018

NEIGHBOURHOODS

HOLISTIC TAKE ON HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

URBAN ECOLOGY AND DESIGN (153.806)
Univ. Ass. Marcello Fantuz

The seminar “Urban Ecology and Design”, will focus on the performance and design of neighborhoods. Smaller than cities, but more complex than artefacts, neighborhoods are assemblages of elements including buildings, people, vegetation, infrastructure and wildlife. They form the intermediate unit of measurement in urban planning.

Assemblage is an ontological framework developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, originally presented in their book A Thousand Plateaus (1980), in which they state that „Assemblage Theory seeks to understand the world in terms of multiple linkages between sociality and spatiality, where unpredictable outcomes emerge from alliances, connections, and symbioses between parts.“ We will be working on a specific urban condition, one that was originally driven by modernistic ambitions of conquest and individuality, but has instead led to the unfinished pattern of urban sprawl.

By analyzing notable examples of neighborhoods, we will learn about density and intensity, consider different types of architecture, programs and infrastructures that form a successful urban cluster, and will finally develop a set of proposals to densify and improve the existing urban fabric of the Brazilian city of Palmas.

The Institute of Architecture and Landscape considers flora, fauna, buildings and people entangled in one unique ecosystem. Our future depends on our ability to understand and shape this interaction, to follow the continuous renewal and organic growth of this ecosystem by proposing strategies and transformations that reinvent the relationship between landscape, climate and architecture. When looking at performative landscapes, one is looking at elements interdependent and (self- ) organized in emergent systems. A holistic understanding of our planet, our territories, our cities and our houses is necessary to plan a future in which resources are used sustainably, natural cycles are part of the infrastructural management and waste is reduced in favor of a process of regeneration.

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TROPICAL SYSTEMS

UNDERSTANDING INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritsching

How must architectures for air conditioning and energy supply in the tropics be designed? How can green infrastructure play a key role in this? And how can these systems form a new interplay of technological, ecological and social elements?

With the topic 'TROPICAL SYSTEMS' - Understanding Interactions between Architecture & Landscape we follow the developments at the Institute for Architecture and Landscape which is developing new urban and urban landscape structures in Palmas, Brazil. We dive into the climatic and ecological peculiarities of Brazil and look for new synergetic solutions in architecture.

The Futurelab researches, studies and draws innovative architectures.

JOIN!

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SS 2017

URBAN HABITAT

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig

EXPERIMENTS IN THE FIELD 1:1

How must we design our cities and architectures so that they can be places for an active new coexistence of people, plants and animals? How can cities also be sustainable HABITAT for plants and animals? What new architectural elements and practices do we need to develop?

Today, the city is the preferred habitat for humans and the continuing influx will lead to an increasing density of cities in the coming decades, green spaces and open spaces will disappear - the HABITAT of animals and plants ... So how can we develop new elements in architecture to preserve, design and improve habitats for animals and plants? In the Futurelab in the summer semester of 2017, we will be searching for new 'architectures of togetherness', learning about the needs of animal and plant builders, exploring the structures of their habitats and developing elements for architecture and the city - also with the input of experts from zoology and botany and in direct cooperation with the Naturwerkstadt, a pilot project of the Naturschutzbund and Living Green City.
new URBAN HABITATS are created!

New architectural elements such as vertical gardening, green roofs but also a new view of the ecological and social processes in the city and the urban climate form our starting point.Based on the results of the project LIVING GREEN CITY and the work of Workshop 1 'URBAN HABITAT - Elements' in the winter semester 2016/17 we will develop prototypical and experimental designs for a new cooperation.

A concrete place of application has been defined: Smart City Areal Graz Waagner Biro and its surroundings, - which should also show new ways in our city in the coming years.

Innovative and prototypical designs for new structures in the city are created - to be implemented in cooperation with Natur.Werk.Stadt!

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WS 2016/2017

WORKING TOGETHER

SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS (153.802)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig

The lecture Sustainable Systems in the winter semester of 2015/16 deals with local technological, economic and ecological cycles and reflects their interactions and relationships to landscape and urban planning.

The lecture focuses on the fundamental understanding of sustainable systems as well as the different possibilities of development, promotion and communication. In addition to the question of social visions of the future, the potential of design and planning for sustainable future development will be examined.

The aim is to convey and present complexity in a regional systemic context, to develop a reflexive understanding of the shaping forces of urban landscape, which includes the recognition and understanding of complex structures in deviation to our traditional, superficial landscape and urban scenarios.
 

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SS 2016

HORTUS CONCLUSUS

FUTURE LAB (153.807)
Univ. Ass. Diederik de Koning

ON CLIMATIC REPRESENTATION:

Cloister, garth, atrium, hanok, peristylium, square, patio, cour d’honneur, siheuyan, quadrangle, cortile, hakka, piazza, arcade, lapa, caravanserai, vierkantshoeve, nadumuttam, compound, hortus conclusus: the enclosed garden–and the many faces thereof–is a spatial type that is so deeply rooted in our collective memory that it has become loaded with symbolic meaning. All over the world we can find a wide variety of courtyards, each uniquely adapted to its local climate and cultural customs. With the densification of our urban environment, however, the enclosed garden is exposed to a certain threat, and with it, also its typical link between vegetation and building, or: between architecture and landscape.

The aim of this FUTURELAB seminar at the Institute of Architecture and Landscape is to revisit a number of archetypical enclosures in order to discuss the value they can have for the city of tomorrow. A series of climatic line drawings will document and reveal both the introverted, mystical qualities of historical courtyards around the world as well as the extraverted function they had for the spaces surrounding them.

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WS 2015/2016

PERFORMATIVE ARCHITECTURE

URBAN ECOLOGY AND DESIGN (153.826)
Univ. Ass. Anne Oberritter

The CASE study "performative architecture" is dedicated to the theme of the ecological performance of urban greenery. Using exemplary architecture projects, it will be shown how architecture and vegetation interact in urban space and how this influences the urban microclimate.

At present, plants are mostly used as a design element for aesthetic reasons. The aim of this work is to focus on the climatic and energetic aspects of plants and their significance as habitats for our urban habitats and to demonstrate the design qualities of various greening systems on the basis of current project examples.

The goal in terms of sustainable urban development is Graz.

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SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS

SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS (153.802)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig

The lecture Sustainable Systems in the winter semester of 2015/16 deals with local technological, economic and ecological cycles and reflects their interactions and relationships to landscape and urban planning.

The lecture focuses on the fundamental understanding of sustainable systems as well as the different possibilities of development, promotion and communication. In addition to the question of social visions of the future, the potential of design and planning for sustainable future development will be examined.

The aim is to convey and present complexity in a regional systemic context, to develop a reflexive understanding of the shaping forces of urban landscape, which includes the recognition and understanding of complex structures in deviation to our traditional, superficial landscape and urban scenarios.

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