Architecturtheorietage 2.0 // towards a productive theory
This year’s edition of ARCHITEKTURTHEORIETAGE 2.0, hosted by Margitta Buchert and the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, at Leibniz Universität Hannover, took place on 2-4 November. The event celebrated and offered stage for sharing current practices and experiences in the field of Architectural Theory.
Structured around the three main vehicles, through which Architectural Theory (AT) manifests - books, lectures, and research - the conference shed light on a range of challenges and opportunities. The discourse took up issues such as, the importance of audience choice for books on AT, the possibilities of practice-oriented AT education, and even the kinds of research needed nowadays in the field of AT.
Discrete cities – Wuppertal in the cultural centre BRASS, Brussels
A series of drawings on the inner city of Elberfeld made by architecture students of the University of Wuppertal are going to be part of the exhibition, which opens on 28th of October 2017 at 13.00 Uhr in a former beer brewery in Brussels. These isometric drawings emerged from the master course Methods, Analysis and Surveys (Methoden, Analysen, Erhebungsverfahren) and were previously shown as a complete series in the foyer of the Wuppertaler Hauptsparkasse in Spring 2017.
At Brass the young and engaged curators of BRIK exhibited a wide range of materials from photographic works, mappings, drawings, video and a penguin to unfold and embrace the (hidden) potentials of a so called 'discrete city'.
BRIK exhibition home page
Symposium: Landscape(s) - Perspectives in Architecture
The term landscape implies a range of spatial images; Wide and distant, the sweeping gaze, but also the immutable soil and concept of being rooted in it. The conceptualisation of the space extra muros – outside the city – as a landscape is ultimately a modern phenomenon. Subjecting nature and surveying the world – and thus its disenchantment – and their equivalent in an admiration of the – apparently – natural world. Only modern people can see the landscape where the farmer sees farmland, cattle, poor or rich soils.
For architecture, the discovery of the landscape at the beginning of the modern period is crucial. With Dutch landscape painting, the perspective of the world is changing; the English Landscape Park for the first time shows narrative motifs and moments in the theory and practice of designing the territory. Urban concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth century such as the Garden City of Ebenezer Howard and the Ville Radieuse of Le Corbusier are not to be thought of without the concept of the landscape. And yet: the desire for a life in the landscape leads to the destruction of the object of longing itself. In the intermediate city the dream of the landscape disappears in the sealed terrain.
The Symposium Landscape: Perspectives in Architecture brings together architects who, in their work, have an understanding of the context of the territory – its topography, its construction, its history of settlement and use, and its atmosphere. Landscape stands for an architectural approach that is aware of in continuity of caring for the landscape. The landscape is foreground and background, and offers the material for the architectural mise-en-scène. But it is also underground: the soil of a culture of mindful care and sustainable development of the life world.
Introduction: Christopher Grafe and Susanne Gross
Speakers: Saskia de Wit, Delft/Amsterdam; Andreas Kipar, Milan/Düsseldorf; Jan Maas, Amsterdam; David Kohn, London
The symposium will take place from 9:30, on 17 November at Campus Haspel.
Texel Flows Atlas
This October, during Dutch Design Week, Kornelia Dimitrova and her collaborators will present Texel Flows: a metabolic atlas. The Atlas is based on a MSc graduation research, where the first issue was published in 2015 and presented during Dutch Design Week 2015. This October, we published a second, improved edition, which is also on sale and presented during Dutch Design Week 2017.
Essentially, the Texel Flows is a metabolic atlas, it shows the natural, technical, social and economic processes that make the island 'work'. The current edition has been published thanks to sponsorship from NIOZ and TESO.
The book launch will take place on October 21 at 14:00 at the Karel I museum café at Vanabbemuseum.
Research Project Tacit Knowledge
AGT Wuppertal participates in the research project Tacit Knowledge, initiated by Lara Schrijver (TU Delft/ University of Antwerp), along with Margitta Buchert (Hanover/Cologne), Axel Sowa (Aix-la-Chapelle), Tom Avermaete and Eireen Schreurs (Delft), Angelika Schnell (Vienna) and Mari Lending (Oslo/ Yale).
Oase Codes and Continuities in Architecture
The new issue Codes and Continuities in Architecture (no. 92/93), edited by Tom Avermaete, David de Bruijn and Job Floris, will be presented on 25 March. Christoph Grafe contributed the article ‘Other modernities – observations about a north west European architecture’ to this issue.
Publication Arch+ NormCore (Flanders)
In August 2015 the journal Arch+ presented its new issue NormCore, examining the architectural culture of Flanders, ‘one of the most vital in Europe today’ as the editors state. Christoph Grafe contributed the article ‘Die Erfindung einer Architekturkultur – Bemerkungen zu den Wurzeln der Architektur und ihrer Lehre in Flandern’, discussing the intellectual history of architectural teaching from a particular version of an Arts and Crafts approach to the current artistic and programmatic experimentation of architects such as DeVylderVinckTaillieu, Robbrecht en Daem, Bovenbouw, 51N4E, noA, office KGDVS and others. Christoph Grafe was one of the speakers at the presentation of the issue on 13 August in Berlin.
Publication Akademie Deutscher Werkbund NRW
The compilation of the contributions to the academy of the Werkbund in June 2014 at Cleves has been published by Prof. Wolfgang Meisenheimer. The book includes the essay ‘Millefeuilles - Moderne Traditionen in einem westeuropäischen Territorium’ by Christoph Grafe, discussing the relevance of notions of region, history and tradition in contemporary architectural production.
Architectural Review Flanders 2014
Christoph Grafe chairs the editorial committee of this year’s edition of the Architectural Review Flanders, which presents a critical discussion of buildings in Flanders and Brussels realised over the past two years, as well as international projects by Flemish architects. The 2014 edition is scheduled for September 2014.
Conference UmBauKultur, Gelsenkirchen (24 January 2014)
Re-using cities and buildings is rapidly becoming the main field of work for architects in Europe, particularly in regions undergoing profound transformations, such as North Rhine – Westphalia. The Initiative StadtBauKulture NRW organised a one day conference on this subject. Christoph Grafe chaired one of the afternoon workshops discussing the cultural and aesthetic aspects of re-use and re-building.
Christoph Grafe Scout Prix de Rome 2014
The Prix de Rome is Holland’s most prestigious prize for young architects, which is organised by the Mondriaan Foundation in Amsterdam. For this year the foundation asked a group of architects, writers and curators to act as ‘scouts’ and advise about young designers who should be admitted for the first round of the prize
Euregional Architecture Prize
The organising committee of the Euregional Architecture Prize 2013 invited Christoph Grafe as the ‘analyst’ of the submitted projects for this award. The EAP is a prize for students from the 5 schools of architecture in Aix-la-Chapelle, Maastricht, Liège and Hasselt. This year’s prize winner Franky Vandenbroeke came from the University Hasselt. Christoph Grafe’s comments, which depart from a short analysis of the different educational and professional traditions in the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia, Flanders and Francophone Belgium, can be viewed on the website of the EAP: www.eap-pea.org/Analysis
Scientific committee Politecnico di Milano
Along with Dean Hawkes (University of Cambridge), Francisco Barata (Universidade do Porto), Giovanni Carbonara (La Sapienza, Rome), Mario Carpo (Yale School of Architecture), Agostino De Rosa (IUAV), Paola Viganò (IUAV), Tommaso Vitale (Science Po, Paris), Gabriele Pasqui (Politecnico di Milano), Christoph Grafe has been appointed member of the scientific committee for the publication policies of the Politecnico di Milano and the DASTU book series.
Conference Bauen für die Massenkultur/ Building for Mass Culture, Augsburg (27 – 29 November 2013)
The conference at the Stadthalle Augsburg, focussed on the architecture and the programmatic concepts for convention centres and buildings for culture in post-war Germany. Along with Janina Gosseye, who spoke about the post-war cultural centres in Flanders, Christoph Grafe was asked to speak about the context of European buildings for culture. A publication of this conference is being prepared.