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A Sense of Crisis

IKA Lecture Series Summerterm 2017


Curated by K.Aste, Platform Geography Landscapes Cities | Supported by: Halotech | Pema | Ing. A. Sauritschnig Alu-Stahl-Glas GesmbH

27th March | Christophe Girot | Bas Princen | Chair: Kathrin Aste | 7pm | IKA 211a
15th May | Angelika Fitz | Andreas Spiegl | Chair: Marco Russo | 7pm | Aktsaal
22rd May | Francois Roche | Cristina D.Moreno + Efrén G.Grinda | Chair: Oliver Domeisen | 7pm | Atelierhaus Prospekthof
12th June | Andy Lomas | Matteo Zamagni | Chair: Marjan Colletti | 7pm | IKA 211a

Without a doubt - crises have always existed. However, it seems that currently the crisis is booming again. As a spatial and temporal turning point in a phase of transition, crisis always also means change. Consequentially, if it is considered as a productive state, the resulting consciousness of crisis produces a motivation to act that can be the foundation for the redesigning of concrete constellations. The lecture series "A Sense of Crises" appeals to the critical zeitgeist of architecture and questions its relation to the crisis.  Fundamentally, architectural projects encompass a great spectrum of critical potential due to their complex content-related, spatial and temporal make-up.

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A Sense of Crisis

IKA Lecture Series Summerterm 2017


Curated by Kathrin, Platform Geography Landscapes Cities | Supported by: Halotech | Pema | Ing. A. Sauritschnig Alu-Stahl-Glas GesmbH

Still, the question remains: Can spatial concepts and strategies in architecture act as a decisive field of societal negotiations and changes? Or has architecture’s ability to criticize lost its vision? In order to steer these changes positively, the ability to speculate in the sense of a creative, open thought process seems to be crucial. Hypotheses such as, for example, Bloch’s concrete utopia innately stem from the field of theory and speculation.

“But, instead of looking for knowledge about what is, as the actual theory does, it is an exercise or a game with the possible extensions of reality. Intellect becomes the capital of concrete thought exercises in the utopian way of thought, depends on primary knowledge about reality, and contributes to a better understanding itself. The epistemological options of the utopian game then relate the concrete utopia to reality in an indirect, but very effective way.”  Raymond Ruyer.
The lecture series tries to explore the consciousness of crisis in architecture and its potential with emphases on geography, landscape and cities by considering eight positions from different fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, cultural studies and art.