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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.

What would a digital world look like if big data technologies were available to the general public?

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? Before this backdrop arise a set of crucial problems necessary for understanding the emerging setting for architectural and urban planning:

How will spaces of production and thus the concept of work change as certain physical and cognitive actions of humans are increasingly replaced by automation systems, artificial intelligence, and robotics? How will mobility and everyday life in cities change if the concept of “urbanity” is no longer a synonym for a certain culture of the urban community but, in the sense of “smart cities”, stands for an efficiently regulated, permanently monitored matrix of life synchronized with a plethora of other data? And consequently, how might this change our concept of hinterland? What kinds of spaces for health and body optimization might become necessary if aesthetic, ethical, and medical approaches to the human body lead to the increasing use of sensors to generate and automatically diagnose biotechnological data? What kinds of spaces for education, teaching and research might have to be created if design no longer focused on creativity and the sciences no longer on hypotheses and theories, but rather on a new kind of functionalist data empiricism, in which traditional thinking in causalities were superseded by thinking in correlations?

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.

Information: projekt bauhaus
Information: ARCH+


 
 
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
architekturtheorie@ekut.kit.edu
 
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