Appel à communication : « Design and Research in Architecture » (13-15 juin 2013, Hanovre)

Design and Research in Architecture
Reflexive Design
13-15 June 2013
3. Symposium on Design and Research in Architecture
Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Leibniz Universität Hannover

‘Reflexive Design’ defines a research agenda for architecture that explicitly addresses the growth of knowledge as an intrinsic part of the design process. The realized project, often predominant in both architectural discourse and practice, obscures the actual relevance of thought in the process of architectural design. This process interactively comprises the continuous growth of implicit and explicit knowledge that precedes and exceeds the single project. This process shapes the attitude that includes styles of thought and approaches to architecture as well as the designers’ personal ideals and values. This process also generates a growing body of knowledge on how to implement ideas and concepts into the design project. ‚Reflexive Design‘ is a research area that relates to every conceivable scale and involves the entire cycle of analyzing and documenting, as well as devising, contriving, refining, imparting, implementing, etc.

What current approaches and issues do participants identify within the research area ‘Reflexive Design’? What practices promote the work on design-related research projects? What forms of thought and opportunities for action relevant to either design or science are specifically addressed? What perspectives do both the design process as a complex method and design-related media as means of communication open up beyond the disciplines of architecture and urban design? What individual and collective aims are involved in various forms of applied and theoretical design re-search?
The range of topics includes comprehensive theoretical and methodological issues, disciplinary self-assurance and practical application in architecture and urban design. Beyond that, further in-terest lies in global and local spaces and cultures as well as in transdisciplinary themes and dis-course, in many cases at the interface between research, teaching and practice.

Opening presentations are intended to gather preliminary findings, specify terms and concepts and point out potential research questions. Common aspects of the symposium are further developed in a workshop in more pragmatic and experimental ways. Participants are encouraged to share expe-rience, knowledge and issues, and together to evaluate, discuss and network in open and informal talks. In short lectures, dissertation projects will be presented and reflected in their academic con-text.

Abstracts (max 300 words, German or English) and short CV are to be submitted to by 24 April 2013.

Peers: Prof. Ute Frank, TU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien

The application fee is 40 Euros.
Start: Thursday, 13 June 2013, 16.00 | End: Saturday, 15 June 2013, 15:00

For further information please contact:
Institute for History and Theory of Architecture
Architecture and Art of 20th/21st Centuries Section
Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Herrenhäuser Straße 8
D-30419 Hannover
Fon +49.511.762.19537


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