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a_ku offers lectures, seminars and tutorials to bachelor students providing knowledge on history and theory of ar­chitecture and design. Different topics each semester relate to four general topics:

Learning from Modernity  |  Design Methodology  |  Architectural Concepts & Media  |  Design & Aesthetics (Theory+Practice) 

Graduate students wishing to pursue their own research and projective studies, to enhance scientific skills and gain new insights are provided with support to their individual master's theses and are offered advanced courses relating to three general topics:

Theory of Contemporary Architecture  |  Design Theories  |  Urban Architecture  |  Reflexive Design  |  On tour



Design Methodology
Architecture and Landscape

Ways of shaping architecture will be presented by using examples from the history and the present of architecture, landscape and the city. Thematically structured lectures focus on cultural significance and fields of application of design paradigms as well as on specific procedures and patterns of thought. By linking ideas, design components and case studies tutorials enlarge upon and discuss methods in regard to its viability, transferability, and its cultural range.

Lecture and seminar
BSc 'Pflichtmodul Geschichte und Theorie C' (architecture)

On Mondays   14-17 h
Start   Monday   9.4.2018   14 h   C 050



Urban Architecture
– Dense and Complex

Density and complexity are crucial elements for the genesis of urban spaces. In the context of (re-)urbanisation tendencies, they gain new relevance in today's discussions about urban design. Diversity in and variety of design and the multiple overlaying of functions and uses in an urban space lead to complexity, one that can offer urban qualities when it is joined by structural and spatial density. But: how is it possible to design urban architecture? What creative parameters set the premises for urbanity? In this context, how are  complexity and density valued?

During this seminar, a number of selected urban spaces in Hanover are going to be analysed and set in context of existing urban concepts and standpoints. Through the help of photographic approach and other methods of spatial analysis, site-specific elements of urbanity will be identified. A critical and comparative discussion of the projects shall generate transferable elements and impulses for upcoming architectural, urban and free space design questions and projects. A choice of photographic works will be published in an exhibition at the end of the seminar.

BSc + MSc architecture
MSc landscape architecture

On Mondays   17-20 h   B 063   +block seminar May 28th-30th 2018
Start   Monday   April 16th 2018   17 h   B 063



Thinking Architecture

The result of an arbitrary search for something new may come with the price of interchangeability, so one postulate the image of the normal, ordinary and low-key as quality. But how can the supernormal create architectural qualities with an atmospheric value? How can we utilize and handle it in our own thinking and practicing?  

BSc architecture + landscape architecture 
MSc architecture + landscape architecture

Start   Tuesday   April 17th 2018   10 h   B 049
Dates   May 6th   June 26th   workshop July 23rd-27th 2018 (whole week)



Reflexive Design

Space and place environment form both essential and complex architectural concepts and design concerns and a base for the perception of space. In the context of different cultural changes they have gained an increased relevance in current discourses, processes and projects. Revolving around the thematic field `Spatial practices´ architectural knowledge and design models in the field of architecture and urban design will be scrutinized and developed. Both a systematic and an open approach form the specific character of this project being conducted by individual research questions. Goals may include e.g. to question the relevance of concepts (conceived, lived, perceived space I authenticity I core I placelessness I media space) or the shape of typologies (street I square I arcade I passage I courtyard house I minimal house I hybrid), to scrutinize transformations of the already existing build environment (palimpsest I alteration I re-use I densification) or to look for specific design strategies (from inside to outside I creating place I choreographing). The output should present diverse potentials and be reported by writing and other media (research portfolio with text I visualization). Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their design attitude and composition skills as well as to improve their scientific competences. 

Long project  
MSc architecture and urban design

Start   Tuesday   April 14th 2018   13 h   B 063



On Tour

This free project offers students the opportunity to reflect upon and further research newly gained architectural knowledge, questions and methods by means of a individually chosen subject. In the outcome, specific qualities and potentials for the architectural design and the development of our environment shall be pointed out. This process of new experiences and reflections is documented in a scientifically-systematically, either in written form or by using intermedia forms or both. The structure of the topic, as well as the means of working it out are being individually overlooked. By means of this project it is possible to develop a more fundamental understanding of the concept, realisation, argument and communication of architectural designs, exhibition and research projects.

Short or long project with individual supervision and revision by arrangement
MSc architecture and urban design

Start   Tuesday   April 14th   13 h   B 063