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:
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:
Learning from Modernity
Introduction into the history and theory of architecture, the city, landscape and arts from the beginning of modernity to the present using the example of ideas, processes and projects that came into operation globally and locally with the development and transformation of modernism. Central topics and works are introduced and discussed with regard to the complex historical and transdisciplinary coherences as well as their relevance for contemporary practices of architecture. Based on comprehensive and thematically structured lectures, tutorials focus on and develop further specific aspects through readings and case studies.
Lecture, tutorial B.Sc. architecture
In current discourses on design as well as on private and public space situations, the production of atmospheres receives a great deal of attention. The term is used to describe specific qualities that strengthen the presence of dimensions of perception, design and effect, which are not easily grasped and planned. In the seminar, the background, intentions and design paths of creating atmospheric effects with geometry, material, color and light are examined using concrete projects as examples. Different characters of atmospheres in architecture, art, city and open space will be analyzed comparatively, reflected in their anthropological and cultural contexts and discussed with regard to their practical qualities. The phenomenological-analytical approaches broaden the knowledge of theory and practice of contemporary architecture, urban and landscape design and support the reflective and creative development of the individual design repertoire.
Seminar accompanying seminar to Bachelor thesis,
Scripts describe instructions for action and planned processes. Here, architecture and landscape architecture do not only form backdrops and frames. The built environment can actively participate in shaping such effects. An examination of action schemes included in architecture such as movement, appropriation and interaction sequences, programs and narratives can have a generative effect and serve as starting point, means and basic idea of the conception in the draft of architectural space constructions. How do we want to act, live and experience within and in interaction with architecture today and in the future? To address, question and develop this is one of the goals of this course.
Thinking architecture is a free space for individual and professional qualification. In the one-week workshop the possibility is opened to think options with which alternative developments and positions can be created and strengthened in architecture and landscape architecture in small groups. By reading, reflection and discussion analytical and methodical authority as well as argumentation abilities are promoted.
To forge special sensitivities for the architectural needs of tomorrow and a critically enthusiastic approach to the future is both an essential and complex design concern in architecture and a basis for the creation of something that matters. In the context of different cultural changes perspectives which go beyond the limits of preset schemes have gained an increasing relevance in current discourses, processes and projects. Revolving around the thematic field 'New agendas' already acquired architectural knowledge and alternative design models in the field of architecture and urban design will be scrutinized and developed. Both a systematic and open approach form the specific character of this project which is conducted by individual research questions. Goals may include e.g. to investigate the relevance and shape of new typologies of habitat or the character of transformations of the already existing built environment, to scrutinize the relations of aesthetics and sustainability in climate change or to look for innovation in the realm of discourses and practices of architecture and the city. The output should present diverse potentials for future architecture and be reported in written form 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.
M.Sc. architecture and urban design
The Free Project offers students the opportunity to reflect on and further explore newly acquired architectural knowledge, questions or methods on the basis of a freely chosen topic. The output should point out special features and potentials of the topic for the architectural design and development of our environment. The process of experience and reflection is documented in writing and/or across media in a scientific-systematic form. Thematic structuring, structure and development paths are individually supervised. The project work can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the conception, implementation, argumentation and communication of architectural designs, exhibition projects or written and media research work.
M.Sc. architecture and urban design