Interdisciplinary experimental lectures
IKA, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Josef Fröhlich, Barbara Imhof, Thomas Proksch, maxRIEDER
Ecology is about the interplay and the reciprocities of all organisms and their environments. This course discusses the interrelation of human beings with their manifold environments from thinking about urban systems (e.g. the city as a spaceship) to the ecology of the mind – and thus understands ecology as a foundational concept for the architectural discourse. It explores its potentialities with regard to contemporary design practices. The course shall lead towards a broader understanding of the complex environmental function of architecture and an architectural practice of a multidirectional ecological awareness.
The class is set up in a new format of interdisciplinary discussions and exchange. It will be organized in correlation with the courses in the field of Sustainability.
The nature of the debate about sustainability in the realm of architecture is often simplistic and single-tracked though architectural projects generally constitute interventions within complex systems – such as the city. Complex systems are characterized by emergent patterns, where complex structures can arise in an unpredictable fashion from simple rules. How to lay out, under such conditions, a planning process that leads to architectural contributions of persisting impact? This course engages in the discussion about the cultural and social dimensions of sustainability, which includes questions on innovation processes, social compatibility, ecological compatibility and economic development.
The class is set up in a new format of interdisciplinary discussions and exchange. It will be organized in correlation with the course Ecology.
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
IKA – platform Ecology-Sustainability-Cultural Heritage – Univ.Prof. Hannes Stiefel
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