9th symposium & PhD peer review
Design and Research in Architecture & Landscape
April 11th - 13th, 2019
The symposium will examine types and modes of action of reference systems, models, archives and links of research-related design and design-related research in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. Which types of references are activated and dynamised in the processes of design and research? Where do they play a role within the research and/or design process and how do they contribute to design and knowledge? What relational structures and tensions arise between the found and the projective, between analogy, variation and new creation, and how can these be evaluated, communicated and conveyed in a transferable way? Last but not least it is about the relevance of the described reflexive handling of references in the context of high quality design of the human living environment. These questions are addressed equally to designers of architecture and landscape, urban planners, as well as artistic designers and theorists.
8th symposium & PhD peer review
Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape
April 12th - 14th 2018
Specific processes – in design that researches and research that designs – in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture were focused during this international symposium, which was held for the 8th time in the framework of the research field ‘DARA. Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape’.
Which different kind of processes and process characteristics shape the dynamics of design and research against the background of various bodies of knowledge and different influences which are not always fully tangible? How do systematizing operations and creative acts intermingle? Which kind of design options and which kind of scientific possibilities and artefacts come to the fore? How are specific forms of knowledge and their interactions being generated, evaluated and transformed, and in which ways can they be understood and communicated as examples for the relevance of high quality design of the human living environment?
Four international peers – Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete (TU Delft), Prof. Katja Benfer (LUH), Prof. Dr. Ole W. Fischer (Univ. of Salt Lake City, Utah), Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis (KIT Karlsruhe) – as well as Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert introductorily reflected on the symposium’s topic and discussed the research projects of the junior scientists as part of a peer review. This was complemented by invited, internationally-oriented designers and theoreticians, presenting their own individual research approaches and by thematically concentrated discussions. This way the symposium was able to contribute to a differentiated viewpoint of ‘processes’ as part of design-related research and important part of reflexive design in architecture and landscape architecture.
November 2nd–4th, 2017
Leibniz University Hanover
What are the primary topics and target groups of architectural theory? Where do we find productive parts in contemporary theories of architecture and city? How does practice-oriented teaching in architectural theory look like?
These and other exciting questions accompanied this year's ArchitekturTheorieTage from 2nd to 4th November at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape at Leibniz University Hanover. The common goal of the second networking meeting of representatives of German-speaking chairs of architectural theory was the exchange on the topic of 'productive theory', on current contents and methods of architectural theory as an academic discipline and its ways of communication and mode of action, as well as on research topics and trends. The event also focused on strengthening internal networking and communication as well as the possibility of developing joint research scenarios.
Dean Prof. Rüdiger Prasse and Prof. Margitta Buchert opened the ATT with warm welcome words and an introduction to the content. The representatives of the architectural theory institutes who arrived presented their positions on productive theories of architecture and the city and discussed common interfaces, interactions and possible perspectives of 'theory and practice' with invited architects of the BDA NDS. On the following day, current and planned research projects, book publications and teaching formats of the various chairs were presented. In stimulating discussions, the different topics were reflected upon and the approaches and potentials of a productive theory of architecture and the city were jointly explored. The ATT successfully concluded on Saturday with an internal research dating session.
7th symposium & PhD peer review
‚Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape’
May 4th-6th 2017
The focus of the 7th symposium and PhD peer review was the design process as an originary method of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture and as a scientific way of gathering of new information. Manners of fundamental reasearch and competence build-up, paths of research and the benefits of architectural design were discussed regarding the main topic of 'Common Ground'.
The event was opened by vice dean professor Hilde Léon and thematically introduced by professor Margitta Buchert. 11 internationally oriented designers and theoreticians presented their research approaches and by this offered an expanded and deeper view of the topic. The PhD students also presented their works in this context. In following discussions different values of the term 'Common Ground' were described and categorised.
The symposium showed that the search for a 'Common Ground' in architecture and landscape is an ongoing one. It is necessary in the context of researching design and design research. The participants emphasized the potential of the DARA events through networking and exchange, and the possibility of showing relevance of one's own research work in the context of others.
Symposium & PhD Peerreview 'Practices'
April 7-9, 2016, Hanover-Herrenhausen
Within the research area 'DARA. Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape', the symposium addressed the specific practices of Design Researc in architecture and landscape architecture related to issues, setups as well as ways of approaching and presenting. What issues promote the work on design-related research projects? What forms of thought and opportunities
for action relevant to either design or science are specifically addressed? Opening presentations of the peers Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe, Prof. Dr. Lara Schrijver, Prof. Christiane Soerensen and Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert as well as Prof. Katja Benfer, Prof. Michael Schumacher and Prof. Hilde Léon contributed to gather preliminary findings, specify fundamental layers of understanding complex orders as well as to point out spaces of possibilities. Common aspects of the symposium were further developed in a workshop in more pragmatic ways. Subsequently the 6th International PhD-Peer Review, entitled 'Practices', was conducted by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert.
Symposium 'Complex Order'
April 23-25, 2015, Hanover-Herrenhausen
Orders and order processes, seen as fundamental characteristics of the dynamics in design-related research in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design were focused by the symposium, situated within the research field of 'DARA. Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape'. What kind of elementary modules and principles of order are defining the quest? In which structural relations are these connected in order to form awareness? Opening presentations of the peers Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete, Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell, Prof. Christiane Soerensen and Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis as well as Prof. Katja Benfer, Prof. Martin Prominski and Prof. Dr. Jonna M. Krarup contributed to gather preliminary findings, specify fundamental layers of understanding complex orders as well as to point out spaces of possibilities. Common aspects of the symposium re further developed in a workshop in more pragmatic and experimental ways. Subsequently the 5th International PhD-Peer Review, entitled 'Complex Orders', was conducted by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert.
Symposium 'Topics & Strategies'
June 19-21, 2014, Hanover-Herrenhausen
Topics and strategies in the context of Design and Research for sustainable strategies in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture were brought into focus by the symposium within the research area 'DARA. Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape'. In which ways are the production and reception as well as overarching phenomena and specific modes of perception of architecture being observed, questioned and described? What forms of thought and opportunities for action relevant to either design or science enhance research projects in architecture? Opening presentations of the peers Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, Prof. Dr. Sonja Hildebrand, Prof. Dr. Albert Schmid-Kirsch und Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell sowie Prof. Hilde Léon und Prof. Almut Grüntuch-Ernst contributed to gather preliminary findings, specify fundamental layers of understanding complex orders as well as to point out spaces of possibilities. Common aspects of the symposium were further developed in a workshop in more pragmatic ways. Subsequently Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert conducted the 4th International PhD-Peer Review, entitled 'topics & strategies'.
Symposium 'Reflexive Design'
June 13-15, 2013, Hanover-Herrenhausen
The gain of knowledge as an inherent part of design processes within architecture, urban design and landscape architecture was focused by the symposium situated in the research area 'DARA _Design and Research in Architecture'. What perspectives do both the design process as a complex method and design-related media as means of communication open up beyond the disciplines of architecture and urban design? What individual and collective aims are involved in various forms of applied and theoretical design research? The opening lectures of the peers Prof. Ute Frank, Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe, Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell and Associate Prof. Dr. Lara Schrijver as well as Prof. Alban Janson, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jonas, Prof. Dr. Ullrich Schwarz and Prof. Sophie Wolfrum delivered insights to preliminary findings, specified fundamental layers of Reflexive Design and outlined spaces of possibilities. Subsequently the 6th International PhD-Peer Review, entitled 'Practices', was conducted by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert.
PhD Symposium 'Correlation'
July 13-14, 2012, Hanover-Herrenhausen
Within the research field 'DARA. Design and Research in Architecture' the symposium conducted by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert focused the exchange of research ideas, aims, and objectives relating to the combination of architectural design and research within their specific theoretical and projective contexts. What correlations exist between production and reception of architecture, knowledge and design processes, conception and mediation, or different design methods and approaches? What are the individual and collective aims involved? A Workshop was held to question and deepen the topic 'Correlations'. The output was further discussed and developed with the peers Prof. Dr. Jos Bosman, V.-Prof. Dr. Dagmar Jäger, Prof. Dr. Albert Schmid-Kirsch and Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert. Subsequently the PhD Students introduced and reflected their research projects within the scientific contexts.
PhD Symposium 'Transfer and Transformation'
April 1-2, 2011, Hanover-Herrenhausen
The international PhD Symposium 'Transfer and Transformation' was conducted by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert and situated within the research field 'DARA_Design and Research in Architecture'. Focusing the exchange of research ideas, aims, and objectives relating to the combination of architectural design and research within their specific theoretical and projective contexts. The peers Prof. Ute Frank, Associate Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe, Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell, Prof. Dr. Andreas Vetter and Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert commented and reviewed the research presented by the PhD students.
Symposium connect.3 - 'In Motion'
The mental and spatial contexts of our lifeworld have always been 'In Motion'. The processes of transformation between the past, present and future confront transformations with potentials of the unknown. At least since Modernism, physical and mental qualities of motion become emerging topoi of architectural and artistic ideas and works. They receive increasingly higher importance and reach in the context of contemporary cultures and world models. The symposium aims at giving examples on these complex contexts of their effects and perceptions on positions in architecture, art and philosophy. Parametres and possibilities of motion are reflected and presented across the disciplines as aesthetic phenomena. 'In Motion' covers built and medial transformations, spatial structures and sequences as well as correlations of physical and conceptual situations and places.
Symposium connect.2 - 'Body and Space'
'Body and Space' show both different and intertwined ways in exploring the world. They have a long tradition in architecture and arts as modalities of perception, cognition and creation. In the contexts of contemporary conditions of economy, science and a flood of visual information with a dominance of oftentimes one-dimensional surfaces, questions emerge on the aesthetic and anthropologic dimensions of body and space as fundamental parametres of localization. To focalize their interrelations contributes to mark interfaces and border areas of architecture and arts and to emphasize their specific interpretations of contemporary complexity, relevance and possibilities of 'Body and Space'. Beyond dialectic approaches, the symposium aims to present and question the different concepts from the perspective of the arts, architecture and philosophy - from a physical reaction to concepts, from bodies in the state of perception to spatial objects. Thus, new areas can be differentiated and foreward-looking aspects unfold in gradual openness.
Symposium connect. - 'Architecture and Art'
In the first decades of the 20th century, avantgardistic concepts focalized on connections of different design disciplines in the high arts and the everyday. Today, conceptions and constellations of space are being reconsidered within their contexts of medialization, globalization and commercialism of contemporary high-tech culture. Intersections of architecture and art are central issues. Beyond dialectic perspectives on art and architecture, theory and practice, space and object, the symposium searches for concepts in design and perception that point beyond such categories.The in-between, the contemporary condition of a connection of architecture and art is being identified as a collection of sources. Potentials in reception, design and the appropriation of space are revealed.
Body and space
World View and Folding
Science and Folding
Art of Folding, Folding in Arts
Synchronizing Geometry. Landscape, Architecture and Construction