04/29/2022 | Vortrag

Architecture's Scales: The Environment - series of conversations in the summer semester 2022

Architecture's Scales: The Environment is a series of conversations convened by FG Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur in collaboration with FG Architekturtheorie und -wissenschaft (Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria Meister), TU Darmstadt within the framework of the seminar "Architecture's Scales: The Environment."

May 10, 2022. The Planetary with Design Earth  

Away from the national, the regional, and the global, the planetary has become the new dimension for architectural theory that accounts for the physical reality of the planet Earth, which humans cohabit with other species, and which they have geologically transformed within historically miniscule time.


May 24, 2022: The Material with Ateya Khorakiwala

Stone, steel, concrete, bamboo, mud—architecture is made of building materials. A study of materiality can reveal the deep, geological history of the stones the building is made of or of the fossils burned during its production; technologies used at the production of building materials and the construction of the buildings, alongside their history and politics; the global networks of extraction, supply, labor, and finance that enable construction; and sometimes conflicts between the building’s image and its construction technique.

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June 7, 2022: The Global with Ayala Levin

Building is no longer—and has never been—a purely local endeavor. From supply chains to resource extraction, from colonial settlers to cultural appropriation, creating built structures is always embedded in global economic and ecological sets of practices and consequences. 

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June 21, 2022: The Object with Andres Jaque

Objects not only make up what we might call architecture, they re-calibrate how we see the built environments—quite literally. In Andres Jacque’s work on ultra-clear glass and its use in luxury apartment buildings, he untangles the connections between a material object, financial networks and the city.

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June 28, 2022: The Molecular with Meredith Tenhoor and Jessica Varner

The built environment is made of stuff, and that stuff is again made of smaller stuff: particles, chemical compounds, and molecules. Be it paints, treatments, coatings or toxic ingredients of building material, the molecular scale is by no means innocent; in fact, the chain events triggered by toxics cross all scales from environmental pollution to reconstruction.

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July 5, 2022: The Urban with Dalal Alsayer and Megan Eardley

The Anthropocene has changed our relationship with cities. It subverted traditional, human-centric notions of time and scale, juxtaposing them to geological, infinitely greater ways of understanding the city and of the relationship between the city and the planet.

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