Inspiring architecture without clients

Lectures by Professor MSO Walter Unterrainer / 15 September and 14 November

My lectures will introduce diverse and highly relevant aspects of emerging and sustainable architecture, looking at the large variety of layers and switching between different scales. My background is a long and international experience as a practising architect with a strong environmental and social agenda. I present and discuss a diversity of ´controlled experimental´ and participatory design strategies in practice, which were established and tested in many projects as well as underpinned with theories.

One starting point of the lectures is the growing number of societal and environmental challenges architects are confronted with. How fit is the profession of the architect to tackle these challenges? Or expressed in a future-oriented way: How can architects turn these challenges and threats into opportunities, how can influences such as politics, history, culture, ethics, climate/climate change, pollution, ecology, (scarce) resources, economy, technology, etc., foster new spatial qualities and inspire rather than inhibit architectural design?

A common theme of all lectures is the question of the role of aesthetics of an architecture, which is passionate about its performative qualities and questions isolated object-centred approaches from a sustainable perspective.

Despite these connecting lines, each of the lectures is an independent unit and stands for itself. The format focuses on not so well known but nevertheless exciting projects of international architectural production as well as on the demonstration of design processes, related movie clips, performances and the presentation of test results.

Autumn 2018

Inside – outside
Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 16.15
Beyond presenting interesting architectural examples of interactions between inside and outside through building volumes and building skins, the lecture extends the notion of in- and outside to inclusion and exclusion related to space and architecture. It advocates and documents democratic spaces in Denmark, but also reveals the creeping emergence of exclusion and gated communities in Aarhus.
Where: Navitas’ auditorium, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, Aarhus.

The whole and the detail
Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 16.15
The success of an architectural concept and the environmental footprint of buildings is defined on very different scales. Details isolated, without context to a strong spatial and structural concept, appear artificial, inappropriate and often ridiculous. Nevertheless, innumerable examples prove that a great architectural concept without corresponding development and quality of details will kill a project in its aesthetic expression, functionality, comfort as well as its physical durability.
Where: Navitas’ auditorium, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, Aarhus.

Spring 2019

  • Design parameters for sustainable spaces
  • Sustainable architectures and aesthetics  

Autumn 2019

  • Modernism and sustainability
  • A case for integrated design processes

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