The concept of reinterpretation consequently has a cultural conservation dimension – but, quite significantly, it also has a critical, forward-looking dimension. The thesis of the project is that the meeting between existing architectural motifs and current project scenarios holds aesthetic as well as social potentials.
Architecture upon Architecture examines reflections formulated by practicing architects and artists from other disciplines on their way of using and reinterpreting works of the past, as well as the artistic results of this practice.
In parallel with this, these reflections and approaches are presented and tested in design studios, letting students experience the dialogue between history and the creation of new architecture through their own interpretations of existing material.
The project “Architecture upon Architecture – Reinterpretation” aims to inform teaching at Aarhus School of Architecture.
The project’s ambition is to offer the students experience with and an understanding of the architectural knowledge architectural representations may hold and how this knowledge might be activated artistically. Consequently, the project is focused on identifying the specific architectural knowledge contained by architectural historical material – independently from the specific historical circumstances of its creation.
- Project title: Arkitektur på Arkitektur – Gentolkning / Architecture upon Architecture – Reinterpretation
- Project manager: Karen Olesen