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B06 Architectural Interventions in the Space Between Digital Technology, Processuality, and Improvisation

This cultural studies research project develops and explores the thesis that architecture and architectural discourse have been developing new strategies of dynamic intervention in social situations and other areas of everyday life since the 1960s. It focuses on three paradigmatic contexts, each related in their own way to rule-based processes, digital technology, and creative production: the relationship of digitality and sociality, the role of diagrams in design, and the play that underpins improvisation. The first subproject is dedicated to architectural approaches from the 1960s and 1970s that explore the relationship between human and non-human actors in planning processes, examining conceptions of informatics, cybernetics, and systems theory. The second subproject focusses on ground-breaking debates concerning the use of diagrams and model theories in architecture in the 1980s and 1990s, a time that saw an exploration of the new possibilities, goals and demands of architectural interventions. The third subproject focusses on processes and concepts that seek to directly integrate artistic improvisation into planning processes. Among other things, they emphasize the undirected and intransitive process whereby things are given the space to emerge in a spontaneous manner.

Head of Project

Prof. Dr. Susanne Hauser (SP 2)

Dr. Julia Weber (SP 2)

Doctoral Researcher

Eva-Maria Ciesla (SP 3)

Student Assistant

Richard Dmitri Hees