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Abstract _Hannah Schüttke

Campus Hanover.
Transformation as future perspective of universities of post-war modernism


A central aphorism of the Swiss architect Luigi Snozzi says that everybody should use his intellect for doing interventions, because every intervention is causing a destruction. One of the main future tasks of architecture and urban planning will be the transformation of the huge building stock of the post-war modernism. Many urban concepts and buildings of this period have been already destroyed because of the popular bad image or the missing knowledge in this field. Therefore, it is necessary to define a strategy how this cultural heritage can be preserved and developed with “intellect”.  

The dissertation focusses on the university buildings and campuses, which grew up during that time rapidly. The future dealing with this immense building stock as well as the possibility to transform these buildings will increasingly become more important for architects and urban planners. Therefore, it is important to create a sensibility for the qualities, potentials and deficits of these buildings especially regarding the current needs of a future campus design.

The research deals with the “Leibniz Universität Hannover”, an over the years established campus type which can be defined neither as an inner-city campus nor as a rural greenfield campus. The question is what significance do have the university buildings of the post-war modernism for the future development of the campus. It is important that the up to now rarely linked research fields of the post-war modernism and the campus design, need to be linked to get a synergetic insight. The objective of the research is to explore the specific potentials, qualities and deficits of those university buildings as a place of knowledge, learning and education and to define design modules for the future development of the science location Hannover. 

The main part of the research is a two-step analysis of different case-studies of the University of Hanover. The first part (“Learning from”) will examine already transformed buildings of the university to identify the different possibilities of the transforming process. The second part (“Transfer”) will examine buildings which need to be redeveloped or do not longer correspond to the requirements of a modern campus. In this part, it is possible to verify how far the new insights of the previously part are adoptable. In addition, it is the objective to check if the defined design modules are usable as transforming concepts for other university locations.