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Shaping Design

Media of Architectural Conception

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-86859-662-5

SHAPING DESIGN focuses on a wide range of media that are highly relevant in creative architectural design acts and that form shapegiving constants in evolutive processes. Instruments, ways of thinking and practices are closely intertwined in many respects. By means of concrete current examples, overarching characteristics as well as the specifics of individual instruments and modes of action of architectural design are presented. The potential of hand drawing, language, geometry-based representation, model, diagram, mapping, photography, collage and tableau in explorative, creative analysis as well as in the generating, unfolding and communication of design and knowledge is shown in many facets.

With contributions by Steffen Bösenberg, Valerie Hoberg, Julian Benny Hung, Moritz Othmer, Sarah Wehmeyer und Margitta Buchert.

The book will be published by jovis, where it is available now.



Das besondere Buch

Architektur Theorie Praxis

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-00-062067-6

In a total of 13 contributions, this publication provides interesting insights into the work and the way in which architectural theorists and Lower Saxony architects of the BDA deal with the medium of the book, which plays a central role in the architectural discipline. The authors present relevant books for them and describe their significance for their personal attitudes and individual work. The book was published in 2019 following the event by the same title in November 2018 at 'Die Nacht, die Wissen schafft'.

With contributions by Katja Ahad, Karen Beckmann, Steffen Bösenberg, Valerie Hoberg, Stefan Höpfinger, Eva Holtz, Julian Benny Hung, Laura Kienbaum, Julius Krüger, Wilhelm Meyer, Moritz Othmer, Sarah Wehmeyer and Margitta Buchert.




[Translate to English:] Prozesse reflexiven Entwerfens

Processes of Reflexive Design

Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape 

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-86859-558-1 

PROCESSES OF REFLEXIVE DESIGN differentiate facets and entanglements of genesis, transformation and interaction of design and research in architecture and landscape architecture. How do creative processes and systematization work affect each other? How are specific forms of knowledge generated, evaluated and transformed? This publication shows a broad spectrum of the development, description and testing of different processes and process characteristics in the dynamics of design and research. 

With contributions by Giorgia Aquilar, Tom Avermaete, Katja Benfer/Cyrus Zahiri, Isabel M. Finkenberger, Ole W. Fischer, Hilde Léon, Andreas Nütten, Caroline Voet, Sarah Wehmeyer and Margitta Buchert.

The book is available in the institute as well as online.



Produktive Theorie

Architektur Theorie Praxis

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-00-059146-4

What are the primary topics and audiences of architectural theory? Where do we find productive parts in contemporary theories of architecture and city? What does practice-oriented teaching in architectural theory look like? Exciting questions accompanied the ArchitekturTheorieTage, organized by a_ku, from 2 to 4 November 2017 at the faculty for which this book is the documentation. The shared goal of the second networking meeting of German-language chairs of architectural theory was the exchange on the subject of ‘productive theory’, on current contents and methods of architectural theory as an academic discipline and its communication methods and modes of action, as well as on research topics and trends.





Praktiken Reflexiven Entwerfens

Entwerfendes Forschen I Forschendes Entwerfen
in Architektur und Landschaftsarchitektur

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-86859-455-3

The publication gives insight to a broad range in research design and design research and the relations of thinking, acting and knowledge in architecture and landscape architecture. Where in design do we find aspects of research and where the creative processes in design-related research? Which aims are related to this? Similarities and differences in generating knowledge and the gain resulting in such perspectives, become visible and comparable. The essays show a range of reflexive practices to generate knowledge and design. It includes the cycle from analyzing and synthesizing, thinking, inventing, specifying, implementing and communicating.

With contributions by Katja Benfert, Christoph Grafe, Hilde Léon, Lara Schrijver, Michael Schumacher, Christiane Sörensen and Margitta Buchert.




Reflexive Design

Design and research in architecture

Editor: Margitta Buchert
ISBN 978-3-86859-298-6

REFLEXIVE DESIGN defines an integrative approach, both in theory and in practice, to the emergence and interpretation of design and research in architecture. The formative role of research-based design strategies, with regard to architectural developments from modernity to the present day, has not yet been fully recognized. At the same time, in recent years increasing importance has been accorded to discourses about design theory. At the interface of these two contexts, the contributions in the book portray the wide spectrum of creative and cultural aspects of reflexivity and reflexive design processes, as well as the potential opened up by different methods of creation and by the unexpected connections between theoretical knowledge and project ideas in architecture.

With contributions by Christoph Grafe, Alban Janson, Wolfgang Jonas, Lara Schrijver, Angelika Schnell, Manuel Scholl, Ullrich Schwarz, Sophie Wolfrum and Margitta Buchert.




Simply Design

Ways of shaping architecture

Editors: Margitta Buchert, Laura Kienbaum
ISBN 978-3-86859-222-1

Simply Design approaches design from the point of view of architectural theory, clarifying the relevance of design elements and providing a reference framework for them. It proposes a methodological approach that focuses on the design process, group-ing a range of architectural design concepts, strategies, and methods into five approach-es. The subjects of creating place, programming, forming + joining, choreographing, and staging are presented as an open and non-hierarchical system, based on examples of architectural projects. This book explains concepts and ideas, describes design methods, and illuminates their complex interrelation, in order to extract transferable design approaches, open up ideas, and provide inspiration. This key publication is targeted towards architects, students, and those interested in the theory and practice of architecture.

With contributions from Margitta Buchert, Verena Brehm, Felix Hoepner and Laura Kienbaum.




In Motion

Architecture and Art

Editors: Margitta Buchert, Carl Zillich
ISBN 978-3-939633-68-6

From philosophical, architectural and fine art perspectives, In Bewegung… presents contemporary intellectual and creative potentials in a dialogue with movement, its complex perceptions and effects. Contributions by international protagonists range from imaginary, media, and constructed transformations to space-consuming structures and processes, and the dynamic interplay of situations and places. All this offers the reader fascinating, unexpected experiences of contemporary conditions on the move.

With contributions by Margitta Buchert, Christopher Dell, Maurizio Ferraris/Christophe Hutin, Peter Kogler, Beat Mathys, Ilona Németh, Paul Robbrecht, Clemens von Wedemeyer.





Architecture and Art

Editors: Margitta Buchert, Carl Zillich
ISBN 978-3-939633-14-3

Body and space - each is inconceivable without the other. But how does their relationship change when viewed from an architectonic, philosophical or artistic perspective? Performativ? presents the positions of key international figures, revealing insights into their creative artistic and scientific approaches. The contributors are concerned to shape physical reactions, for example, to construct volumes or examine bodies in a state of experience. The dynamic concept of reality behind these diverse starting points is shown clearly in the artworks of Thomas Bayrles, the architectonic projects of Philippe Rahm or the philosophical discourse of Heinz Paetzold. The introductory essay offers a trans-disciplinary survey; a final discussion among the contributors pinpoints productive interfaces between architecture and art.

With contributions by Margitta Buchert, Beatrix von Pilgrim, Oliver Thill, Thomas Bayrle, Maurer United Architects, Heinz Paetzold, Bernhard Leitner, Philippe Rahm und Ludger Schwarte.



Architecture and Art

Editors: Margitta Buchert, Carl Zillich
ISBN 978-3-939633-03-7

It is well known that architecture and art have numerous points of contact and various common grounds. The volume "Inklusiv. Architektur und Kunst" addresses the question of the different ways in which artists, architects and theoreticians can deal with the problems of creation, perception and the adoption of (living) space, by providing numerous examples of individual contemporary works. Nine international positions – including works by artists such as Simon Ungers, Lars Spuybroek, Hannes Böhringer – are presented in detail and commented on in several illustrated essays. The introduction essay provides the necessary cross-disciplinary overview, while a discussion among the participants opens up new and surprising perspectives of architecture and art. With the friendly support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

With contributions by Simon Ungers, Claudia Meixner, Hannes Böhringer, Stephen Craig, Allison Brown, Margitta Buchert, Eberhard Eckerle, Lars Spuybroek and Klaus Englert.


Margitta Buchert

Margitta Buchert (ed.), Shaping design. Media of architectural Conception, Berlin: Jovis 2020

Margitta Buchert (ed.), Das besondere Buch. Architektur Theorie Praxis, Hanover: LUH 2019

Margitta Buchert (ed.), Prozesse Reflexiven Entwerfens. Processes of Reflexive Design, Berlin: Jovis 2018

Preservation as an Origin, in: Maurizio Carta/Sarah Hartmann/Jörg Schröder (eds.), Creative Heritage, Berlin: Jovis 2018, 34-35 

Bigness and Porosity, in: Sophie Wolfrum et al. (ed.), Porous City. From Metaphor to Urban Agenda, Berlin i.a.: Birkhäuser 2018, 84-88

Margitta Buchert (ed.), Produktive Theorie. Architektur Theorie Praxis, Hannover: LUH 2018

Transparenz. Potenziale und Wertsetzungen in der Architektur, in: Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft/Leibniz Universität Hannover (eds.), hochweit 16, Berlin: Jovis 2017, 8-13

Landschaftlichkeit als Architekturidee, in: Wolkenkuckucksheim 21(2016)/35, 111-129

Praktiken der kreativen Mischung, in: Praktiken Reflexiven Entwerfens, Berlin: Jovis 2016, 17-31

Landschaftsentwürfe in der Architektur von SANAA, in: Wolkenkuckucksheim 20(2015)/34, 233-248

Reflexives Entwerfen. Topologien eines Forschungsfeldes, in: Margitta Buchert (ed.), Reflexives Entwerfen. Entwerfen und Forschen in der Architektur, Berlin: Jovis 2014, 24-49

Common Ground. Diskursive Ordnungen in der Architektur, in: Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft der LUH (ed.), Hochweit 13, Hannover: Internationalismus 2013, 9-17 

Einfach Entwerfen. Fünf Beschreibungen, in: Margitta Buchert / Laura Kienbaum (eds.), Einfach Entwerfen. Simply Design, Berlin: Jovis 2013, 11-35

Formation und Transformation von Orten, in: Margitta Buchert / Laura Kienbaum (eds.), Einfach Entwerfen. Simply Design, Berlin: Jovis 2013, 38-65 

Raumerleben und Raumartikulation, in: Margitta Buchert / Laura Kienbaum (eds.), Einfach Entwerfen. Simply Design, Berlin: Jovis 2013, 128-151 

Archive. Zur Genese architektonischen Entwerfens, in: Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft der LUH (ed.), Hochweit 12, Hannover Internationalismus 2012, 9-15

Formen der Relation. Entwerfen und Forschen in der Architektur, in: Ute Frank et al. (eds.), EKLAT, Berlin: Universitätsverlag 2011, 76-86 

Mobile und Stabile, in: Anett Zinsmeister (ed.), Gestalt der Bewegung. Figure of Motion, Berlin: Jovis 2011, 50-73

Actuating. Koolhaas‘ urban aesthetics, in: Jale Erzen (ed.), Mimarlikta Estetik Düsünce, Ankara: SANART 2010, 223-231

Fließende Räume, in: Margitta Buchert / Carl Zillich (eds.), In Bewegung... Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2008, 102-111 

Anderswohnen, in: Margitta Buchert / Carl Zillich (eds.), Performativ? Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2007, 40-49

Performativ? Körper Raum Architektur Kunst, in: Margitta Buchert / Carl Zillich (eds.), Performativ? Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2007, 9-12

Architektur und Kunst, in: Margitta Buchert / Carl Zillich (eds.), Inklusiv. Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2006, 9-11

Architektur und Landschaft, in: Eberhard Eckerle / Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn (eds.), Landschaft-Architektur-Kunst-Design, München 2006, 61-66 

Spielräume im Unbestimmten, in: Margitta Buchert / Carl Zillich (eds.), Inklusiv. Architektur und Kunst, Berlin: Jovis 2006, 54-59

Zukunft. Architektur und ihre Geschichten, in: Fachbereich Architektur Universität Hannover (ed.), hoch 4. Architekturgeschichten aktuell, Hannover: Internationalismus 2004, 18-23

Kunst Architektur Denkform, in: Thomas Kaestle (ed.), Wo ist die Kunst? Zur Geographie von Schnittstellen, Bielefeld: Kerber 2004, 100-102

Entwerfen für eine Stadt wie Venedig, in: Katrin Schuh / Peter P. Schweger (eds.), Entwerfen für Venedig. Wahrnehmung Wirkung Deutung, Darmstadt: Das Beispiel 2000, 26-39 und 146-148

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