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Datatopia Summer School — Prereading

As part of Datatopia Summer School Berlin, taking place from Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2018, the participants are invited to take part in workshops led by international theorists from the fields of architecture, urban planning, philosophy and media history. Some workshop chairs provide prereading for the course. Participants are asked to review these files in advance. Download-links are listed below.

Workshop: The Social Media Bauhaus
Beatriz Colomina/Mark Wigley/Iván L. Munuera
No prereading necessary

Workshop: Message as Medium
Keller Easterling/Alliance of Southern Triangle (Diann Bauer/ Patricia M. Hernández)
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Workshop: Textile schemes: Forms of Temporality, Alternative Modernisms
T’ai Smith/Ida Soulard
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Workshop: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus Across 100 Years
Eyal Weizman/Ines Weizman
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Please note: Texts are exclusively for internal reference in the workshop.

Workshop: The New Normal: Design, Modeling and Geopolitics at the City Layer
Benjamin H. Bratton/Nicolay Boyadjiev
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Datatopia Summer School — in Kooperation mit ARCH+ und project bauhaus / Berlin August 30 — 02 September 2018

After the 2017 preliminary course: from Bauhaus to Silicon Valley, projekt bauhaus revives Bauhaus’ workshop structure in the summer of 2018 in order to explore the emancipatory potential of technologies, the decolonisation of progress and the critique of the present through design. Lead by the most engaging experts from the fields of architecture, urban planning, sociology, philosophy, computer science, political, media, technology history, as well as art and scientific theory, projekt bauhaus Werkstatt comprises a series of workshops accompanied by public lectures, exhibitions, artistic performances and informal gatherings.

The Chair of Theory of Architecture at KIT is proud to contribute Datatopia Summer School to the projekt bauhaus Werkstatt — with Morehshin Allahyari, Alliance of Southern Triangle, Armen Avanessian, Benjamin Bratton, Beatriz Colomina, Brave New Alps, Keller Easterling, Victoria Ivanova, Olaf Nicolai, Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung, Armin Linke, T’ai Smith, Ida Soulard, Georg Vrachliotis, Eyal Weizman, Ines Weizman, Mark Wigley, among others.

How can citizens be involved in collecting community-level data and mapping their own living environments?

The UN recently published a series of reports describing various applications of big data technologies for public and civil community projects, based on two remarkable assumptions: First, that data in the future will be “harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good”. Secondly, “that digital data offers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being”. Contrary to the still widespread idea that big data technologies are only usable by individual companies, this points to the enormous potential of data as a freely available resource for the community and the general public. One of the UN’s central questions is therefore: How can citizens be involved in collecting community-level data and mapping their own living environments, and how can they then use this information in planning for the future? What new emancipatory possibilities might arise from such an approach? What would a digital world look like if big data technologies were indeed readily available to the general public? What would this step mean for society – culturally, scientifically, socially, and politically?

Datatopia Summer School will build on these assumptions to explore interdisciplinary strategies and innovative design methods with select experts and young scholars from architecture, urban design, theory, history, sociology, philosophy, geography, art and the cultural studies. In addition, traditional forms of discourse and fundamental concepts will be critically discussed. Datatopia Summer School of the chair for Theory of Architecture at KIT is looking for fresh and innovative contributions addressing these questions as a basis for intense theory production.

Download Werkstatt Datatopia program here

Information: projekt bauhaus
Information: ARCH+


Research Culture in Architecture — International Conference on Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Architecture

rca 2018 conference, TU Kaiserslautern

Thursday, 27 september and Friday, 28 september, 2018


Keynote Speakers

Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Margitta Buchert, LUH Hannover, Germany
Christian Derix, Woods Bagot SuperSpace, Sydney, Australia
Michael Hensel, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) Oslo, Norway
Caitlin Mueller, MIT Cambridge, USA
Eike Roswag-Klinge, TU Berlin, Germany

Georg Vrachliotis, KIT

The International Conference aims to discuss topics and methods in architectural research, focusing on their cross-disciplinary interrelations and their relevance to the design process itself. We are interested to see approaches to the development of a research culture in architecture. During the Gothic period, Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa (1180-1240) established the foundations of theoretical geometry. Back then, the masters of building were architects, artists and engineers at the same time. Geometry strongly influenced their artistic work. Unfortunately, little is passed down about their knowledge, because the architects did not write. The Gothic period stands figuratively for the complexity of architecture and its research culture. Architecture refers to many participating disciplines such as construction, materials sciences, building physics, sociology, fabrication technology, computer science, geometry, arts, architectural history and theory. It is significant, that these disciplines are interlinked in planning, design and realization processes of architecture. Compared to other sciences this is certainly one of the reasons why the development of a research culture in architecture is more difficult.

The International Conference aims to discuss topics and methods in architectural research, focusing on their cross-disciplinary interrelations and their relevance to the design process itself. We are interested to see approaches to the development of a research culture in architecture. This conference will identify research topics and methods, encourages a research discourse and provides impulses especially for young researchers. The cross-disciplinary interrelations will be debated through invited keynote lectures, as well as presentations of papers and posters, which have been accepted by our scientific committee. The invited experts from academia and practice will showcase pioneering projects and developments from various fields of architectural research. Additionally, the special situation of a research culture in architecture as well as research topics and methods will be discussed at round tables.

The International Conference rca 2018 is funded by DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


Lecture on Fritz Haller and Konrad Wachsmann at the Bauhaus Lab 2018 Symposium The Art of Joining:  Designing the Universal Connector

Bauhaus Lab Global Modernism Studies

Thursday, 9 August 2018
11 am – 4 pm

9 August – 30 November 2018
Opening: Thursday, 9 August 2018
5 pmBauhaus Building

With Suzanne Strum (architectural historian, Barcelona), Douglas Murphy (architect and author, London), Christian Sumi (architect, Zurich), Georg Vrachliotis and the Bauhaus Lab participants 2018: Elizabeth Andrzejewski, Phillip Denny, Rhiannon Haycock, Ezgi Isbilen, Adam Przywara, Eva-Maria Offermann, Daniel Springer, Lisi Zeininger.

Konrad Wachsmann’s universal connector is a metal connecting node utilised in the construction of prefabricated houses, devised under the shadow cast by the Second World War. It was first used in 1949, in the General Panel System designed by Wachsmann and Walter Gropius. For Wachsmann, the connector combined his interest in the rationalisation and standardisation of architecture with concepts of universal applicability. Like almost no other, Wachsmann advanced the industrialisation of architecture and the possibilities associated with it to arrive at a turning point in architecture.

Over the past three months the Bauhaus Lab 2018 has explored the universal connector’s historic relevance to modern architecture, especially in the context of the transatlantic discourses of postwar modernism. To conclude the Lab, interested students as well as architects, designers, cultural scientists and curators are invited to attend a symposium to discuss the architecture of systems, the ambivalent legacy of prefabrication and the relevance of the “turning point” in architecture with designers, historians, scientists and the participants of the Bauhaus Lab 2018.

The Bauhaus Lab 2018 Symposium and Exhibition is organized by:
Regina Bittner, Director
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
3806846 Dessau-Roßlau


Vorkurs: Vom Bauhaus zum Silicon Valley — ARCH+ und projekt bauhaus

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Das Bauhaus strebte nach einer Synthese der verschiedenen Wissensformen, bei der technisches, naturwissenschaftliches, emotionales oder kreatives Wissen zusammengeführt wird. Verbunden mit diesem Wissenskonzept war eine neue Pädagogik, die den Menschen frei machen und sein Potenzial fördern sollte, um so zur Schaffung eines „Neuen Menschen“ beizutragen. Welche Orte ermöglichen Kreativität und Innovation? Welche Wissensstätten braucht die heutige Gesellschaft? Repräsentieren moderne Computer-, Internet- und Medienfirmen das Bauhaus des 21. Jahrhunderts?

Mit Morehshin Allahyari, Shaina Anand (CAMP), Armen Avanessian, Brave New Alps, Jesko Fezer, Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Joachim Krausse, Claudia Mareis, Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Jussi Parikka, Joanne Pouzenc, Henrike Rabe, Bernd Scherer, Paloma Strelitz (Assemble), Fred Turner, Georg Vrachliotis.

Paneldiskussion „Wissenstechnologien

Das Bauhaus befasste sich mit der Gestaltung des Übergangs von der handwerklichen zur industriellen Produktion, der Entfaltung des „Ersten Maschinenzeitalters“ (Reyner Banham), einer fordistischen Industrialisierung und der damit verbundenen Konsumgesellschaft. Gropius’ Parole von „Kunst und Technik – eine neue Einheit“ war gleichzeitig Krisendiagnose und Zukunftsversprechen. Heute erleben wir die Entfaltung des „Zweiten Maschinenzeitalters“ (Martin Pawley), den Abschluss des Übergangs vom Analogen zum Digitalen, vom Physischen zum Virtuellen, von Konsum zu Koproduktion. Wie fordert gegenwärtig Technik Gestaltung heraus? Wie lässt sich Technik gestalten? Oder müssen wir nicht eher umgekehrt fragen: Wie gestaltet Technik?

Paneldiskussion: mit Claudia Mareis, Georg Vrachliotis, Bernd Scherer, Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Shaina Anand, Joanne Pouzenc, Jesko Fezer, Morehshin Allahyari (v.l.n.r.).
Foto: Sto-Stiftung / ARCH+


Lecture — “Controlled Habitability. On Architecture, Cybernetics, and Max Bense’s Brazilian Intelligence” by Georg Vrachliotis, Princeton University  


Symposium Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities and Program in Latin American Studies Princeton University

“Political environment and design: the work of Gui Bonsiepe in Chile and Argentina (1968-81)”
Alejandro Crispiani, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

“Controlled Habitability.” On Architecture, Cybernetics, and Max Bense’s Brazilian Intelligence.”
Georg Vrachliotis


Joaquín Medina Warmburg, Program in Latin American Studies / Princeton-Mellon Initiative, Princeton University


Daniela Fabricius, University of Pennsylvania / Pratt Institute New York


Symposium — Architektur als vermutete Zukunft / Architecture as a presumed future.

With Nathalie Bredella (UdK Berlin), Cornelia Escher (Universität Konstanz), Daniela Fabricius (Princeton University), Irene Meissner (TU München), Achim Menges (Universität Stuttgart), Christine Kanstinger (Atelier Frei Otto), Joachim Kleinmanns (saai/KIT), Jan Knippers (Universität Stuttgart), Toni Kotnik (Aalto Universität Helsinki), Martin Kunz (saai/KIT),  Georg Vrachliotis (saai/KIT), Peter Weibel (ZKM).

Keynote Lecture:
Tomas Saraceno (Berlin)

»People say that machines, the tools of development, kill fantasy. That’s not the fault of machines, however, but of man himself, who builds machines that are neither adaptable nor rational: machines that are lacking in fantasy.« Thus wrote the young German architect, Frei Otto, in his concise, manifesto-style essay »Imagination et architecture – essai d’une vision d’avenir«, which was published in the French journal »L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui« in 1962. Otto illustrated his essay not with photos of realized projects but with watercolor drawings and sketches in Indian ink, in which intriguing membrane roofs and tent-like structures could be seen to span residential developments, landscapes, or even entire self-contained cities. In juxtaposing factors ostensibly worlds apart – the unfettered imagination; constructive or machinic potential – Otto put his finger on what would prove to be a core tenet of his architectural practice: the abiding aspiration to strike an effective and fertile balance between creative vision on the one hand, and the rationale of technological constraints on the other.

Architecture has seen a revival in the importance attached to the study of materials and building components together with the associated workmanship skills and knowledge. This consideration of physical and craftsmanship aspects has also placed a renewed focus on the history of models and its experimental function in architecture, art and science. The question concerning materialization of information is of great significance in this context.

The relevance of Frei Otto’s empirical model aesthetic lies in identifying the enormous potential of object knowledge and its material-cultural dimension – on the one hand to continue to anchor the perception of the resource between nature, technology and society, and on the other to allow better investigation of the complex interrelations between digital and analog. So what does it mean for architects and engineers to design in a society that seeks a balance between growing digitalization and increasingly important resource awareness? For contemporary architecture, the wealth and abundance of Frei Otto’s cosmos bears nothing less than an intellectual thought collective for a different and optimistic narrative of the future environment and human cohabitation.

The symposium »Architecture as a presumed future« takes place within the context of the exhibiton »Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling« at ZKM | Karlsruhe in cooperation with the discipline architecture theory at the institute design, art and theory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Information and Program: ZKM Symposium


ARCH+ features 57 — Learning from Frei Otto. Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal und Georg Vrachliotis


Fotos © David von Becker

Anna Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal will sit down for a discussion with Georg Vrachliotis on the occasion of the Frei Otto retrospective he curated at the ZKM in Karlruhe. They will discuss the conceptual proximity between Lacaton & Vassal’s work and the eco-houses that Frei Otto designed for the IBA Berlin. Both cases represent a vision of architecture as open structure, in which the resident’s space for creative freedom stands paramount rather than the creative will of the architects.

Thursday, 9 Februar 2017, 7am
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin


ARCH+ features 32 — Die Klotz-Tapes. Präsentation der Klotz-Tapes durch Oliver Elser und Diskussion mit Georg Vrachliotis und Peter Weibel


ARCH+ features 32 Video: https://vimeo.com/115968178
ARCH+ Information: https://www.archplus.net/home/news/7,1-10997,1,0.html?referer=125

Zwischen 1979 und 1987 dokumentierte Heinrich Klotz, Gründungsdirektor des Deutschen Architekturmuseums/Frankfurt am Main, mittels Tonbandaufzeichnungen seine zahlreichen Reisen und Treffen mit Architekten sowie die Gründung des DAM und den Sammlungsaufbau. Anlässlich des 30-jährigen Gründungsjubiläums des DAM in diesem Jahr haben ARCH+ in Kooperation mit dem DAM diese bisher unveröffentlichten Tonbanddiktate, die sogenannten Klotz-Tapes, herausgegeben.

In Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, der zweiten wichtigen Institution, die Heinrich Klotz nach der DAM-Gründung vor 25 Jahren aus der Taufe hob, und dem Karlsruher Institut für Technologie lädt ARCH+ Oliver Elser, Kurator der Jubiläumsausstellung im DAM, zu einer Präsentation der Klotz-Tapes ein, die er maßgeblich bearbeitet hat. Im Anschluss diskutiert Georg Vrachliotis mit Oliver Elser und Peter Weibel, Direktor des ZKM, über die beginnende Historisierung der Postmoderne und die Notwendigkeit einer kritischen Architekturgeschichte für die Gegenwart.

Dienstag, 02.12.2014, 18:00 Uhr
ZKM Medientheater
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie
Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe 


Lecture by Georg Vrachliotis at the XIV Bienal Internacional de Arquitecture de Buenos Aires 2013


ARCH+ Architektur & Politik — Nikolaus Kuhnert im Gespräch mit Arno Brandlhuber, Angelika Schnell und Georg Vrachliotis

16. Mai 2013, 19 Uhr,
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 
Auguststraße 69, 
10117 Berlin

Seit über 40 Jahren gehört Nikolaus Kuhnert als Mitherausgeber der ARCH+ zu den prägenden Personen des Architekturdiskurses. Mit dem Oral History-Projekt “Nikolaus Kuhnert im Gespräch” dokumentiert eine jüngere Generation im Umfeld von ARCH+ nicht nur seinen thematischen Überblick, sondern auch seine besondere erzählerische Gabe. In persönlichen Gesprächen verdichten sich große und kleine Themen, Personen und Anekdoten zu einer intellektuellen Auseinandersetzung mit der Kollektivgeschichte seiner Generation, die nach dem Trauma der NS-Zeit mit der Politisierung in der Studentenbewegung eine eigene Sprachfähigkeit gesucht hat. Berlin als Ort, an dem sich in exemplarischer Weise sein individueller Werdegang mit zeitgeschichtlichen Entwicklungen kreuzt, kommt immer wieder zur Sprache. Welches Verhältnis von Architektur und Politik wird anhand seiner Biografie sichtbar? Was können wir daraus für den kritischen Architektur- und Stadtdiskurs heute lernen? Im Rahmen des Relaunch der KW werden erstmals eine Auswahl bisheriger Aufzeichnungen gezeigt.

Im Anschluss wird das Gespräch mit Nikolaus Kuhnert und den Gästen Arno Brandlhuber, Angelika Schnell und Georg Vrachliotis öffentlich fortgesetzt.

Ein Oral History-Projekt von Stephan Becker, Kristina Herresthal und Anh-Linh Ngo.


Symposium — Das Prinzip Nervi, TU Berlin with Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Jürg Conzet, Fabian Scheurer, Georg Vrachliotis, among others

Pier Luigi Nervi went down in history as someone who crossed between the realms of architecture and engineering as an engineer, a designer, an inventor, and a businessman. His ability to develop poetic and sensual architectural spaces from the logic of engineering and his intense engagement with reinforced concrete as a material and its possibilities of application make Nervi a timelessly instructive example. Architectural theorists, architects, and construction engineers are invited to discuss current issues of construction and design, process and material against the backdrop of Pier Luigi Nervi’s work and approach.

A joint project of the programs for building construction and design at Berlin’s Technische Universität (Prof. Leibinger) and engineering and structural design at the Universität der Künste (Prof. Gengnagel), as part of the Hybrid Platform.

  1. Februar 2013, TU Berlin

ARCH+ features 11 — Marc Frohn FAR und Georg Vrachliotis

Foto: David von Becker

Marc Frohn vom Büro FAR stellte das kürzlich fertiggestellt temporäre Goethe-Institut in Santiago de Chile und Arbeitsstrategien und architektonische Ansätze des Büros vor. Mit vergleichsweise geringem Aufwand konnten FAR im unvollendeten Geschoss eines Bürohochhauses ein Gestaltungskonzept für einen höchst flexiblen und adaptierbaren Raum umsetzen, dessen Elemente später auch im sanierten Institutsgebäude weiterverwendet werden soll. Georg Vrachliotis reflektiert über die Systembauten und Computerforschung des Schweizer Architekten Fritz Haller.


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Fakultät für Architektur
Institut Entwerfen, Kunst und Theorie

Fachgebiet Architekturtheorie
Englerstr. 7, Raum 254
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis
Sekretariat: Claudia Iordache
Tel.: +49 721 60845052
Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Mi 9:00-12:00
Recent Publications:  

    Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle

    May 18, 2018

    Georg Vrachliotis: Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.


    Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling

    May 18, 2018

    Georg Vrachliotis and Joachim Kleinmanns, Martin Kunz, Philip Kurz (ed.), Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.


    Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher

    May 18, 2018

    Laurent Stalder und Georg Vrachliotis (Hg.): Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher (Dokumente zur modernen Schweizer Architektur), gta Verlag, ETH Zürich, 2016.


    Geregelte Verhältnisse: Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik

    May 18, 2018

    Vrachliotis, Georg (2012): Geregelte Verhältnisse: Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik. Springer-Verlag Wien


    Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism

    May 18, 2018

    Valena, Tomáš; Avermaete Tom; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2011): Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism. Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart/London


    Code: Zwischen Operation und Narration

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2010): 

 Code: Zwischen Operation und Narration. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin


    Muster: Ornament, Struktur und Verhalten

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2009): 

 Muster: Ornament, Struktur und Verhalten. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin


    Komplexität: Entwurfsstrategie und Weltbild

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2008): 

 Komplexität: Entwurfsstrategie und Weltbild. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin


    Simulation: Präsentationstechnik und Erkenntnisinstrument

    March 12, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2008): 

 Simulation: Präsentationstechnik und Erkenntnisinstrument. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin