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Vortragsreihe "Habitability"

With / mit Cécile Hartmann, Concular, Hélène Frichot, Xiaowei R. Wang, Angelika Hinterbrandner, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and / und Arturo Escobar
28. November–30. Januar ’23

Architecture is, in many ways, preoccupied with habitation. That is as true for the construction of the built environment as it is for the subtle social structures that collaboratively enable our sustenance and well-being. But now with ecological disasters and fragile geopolitics pushing people and the systems that sustain them to the limits, the question of what it means for the planet to be habitable takes center stage. Included in this is what ecological boundaries enable living systems to survive on the planet but also the social and political systems that make these boundaries equitable and worthwhile. This mini-lecture series will address these issues of habitability as they are emerging today in spatial practice.

Cécile Hartmann: “The Black Snake Project“

28. November ’22, 18:00 Uhr

Cécile Hartmann is a french artist and filmmaker based in Paris. Born in Colmar, she studies Art at the National Fine Arts Academy of Paris (2000) and Art History and Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg.

Inspired by documentary aesthetics and minimalism, her filmic work explores the divisions between the constructed and organic worlds. Using different mediums and image regimes, she fuses video, photography and performative gestures to create effects of instability in her representations. The loop construction and the specific use of sound without spoken language, invite the viewer to a singular temporal experience and address also ideas of regeneration in the transformative power of nature. Her films may be read as an account of how humankind has conquered and exploited land throughout history. They correspond to a horizontal view, reflecting the encounter between geological and human time, but also a vertical movement which constantly brings the gaze closer to the ground level, where latent, underground events (re)appear at the image surface.

Hartmann has worked mainly in Japan and the United-States. Her work was exhibited at Ricard Fondation, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne; MOCA - Museum to the world, Hiroshima; Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia, Bogota; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Seoul Museum of Art.

Concular: „Circular Construction: wie wir Bauen neu denken“

05. Dezember ’22, 18:00 Uhr

Dominik Campanella ist Mitgründer und Geschäftsführer von Concular und restado. restado ist der größte Marktplatz für wiedergewonnene Baustoffe in Europa. Concular baut darauf auf und ist ein digitales Ökosystem für zirkuläres Bauen, welche sich an professionelle Akteure der Baubranche richtet. Mit den 40 Mitarbeitenden wurden bereits über 250 Projekte in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz realisiert.

Er ist Mitglied u.a. im Fachbeirat für zirkuläres Bauen des DGNB, der Leadership Group for Circular Construction der EU Komission und hat bereits an einigen politischen Positionspapieren für zirkuläres Bauen mitgewirkt, wie z.B. des Grünen Wirtschaftsdialog oder auch des CEWI Projekts.

Hélène Frichot: "Infrastructural Love"

19. Dezember ’22, 11:00 Uhr

Hélène Frichot is professor of architecture and philosophy and director of the Bachelor of Design Program in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the former director of the Critical Studies in Architecture program at the School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm. Drawing on the two disciplines in which she is trained, architecture and philosophy, her research fosters creative practice methodologies and develops concept-tools and theories that draw on feminist new materialism, the postuhumanities, environmental humanities and affect theory.

Xiaowei R. Wang: "Blockchain Chicken Farm"

09. Januar '22 18:00 Uhr

Xiaowei R. Wang is an artist, writer, organizer and coder. Their collaborative project FLOAT Beijing created air quality-sensing kites to challenge censorship and was an Index Design Awards finalist. Other projects have been featured by the New York Times, BBC, CNN, VICE and elsewhere. Their most recent work, The Future of Memory, a speculative digital media piece, was a recipient of the Mozilla Creative Media Award. They are the author of the book Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech In China's Countryside (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice) and one of the lead stewards of Logic School, an organizing community for tech workers.

Angelika Hinterbrandner: "Space for the 99% – Space for Future"

16. Januar ’23, 18:00 Uhr
Online is researching, communicating, and connecting people on topics considering the built environment and spatial policy. The project is rooted in the housing debate and stands for more affordable, sustainable and just access to space for the 99%. Civil society as well as policy-makers lack detail and substance on policy considerations in the field of housing – specialises in communicating the nuances. is a framework for exchanging knowledge and negotiating the spatial discourse all over Europe and beyond.

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes: ”A Moratorium on New Construction”

23. Januar ’23, 18:00 Uhr

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (DPLG, Ph.D. ETHZ) is Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL). Most recently Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Malterre researches urgent aspects of contemporary urbanization, material extraction, climate emergency, and ecological/social justice.

Arturo Escobar: “Pluriversal Politics”

30. Januar ’23, 18:00 Uhr

Arturo Escobar is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle, Cali. His research interests include political ecology; ontological design; and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements, particularly the Process of Black Communities (PCN). He is author of such books as Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World; Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes; and Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Die Vorlesungsreihe findet im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts "Architecture after Architecture" statt.