Architecture and the Production of Visibility

10. International Bauhaus-Colloquium • Weimar 2007

Call for Papers

Workshop 2

Prof. Dr. K. Michael Hays (Harvard University)
Assitent Dipl.-Ing. Tilo Amhoff M.A.

Architecture is a medium for the production of visibility, transgressing the border between image and material, between sign and object. Always thought of from the image, as in the sketches (Scharoun), the storyboard technique (Le Corbusier), the diagram series (Eisenman) or data visualizations (Osterhuis), architecture is always preceded by graphic design processes. These processes reveal the dialectics of architecture's image practice. On the one hand images are a medium for the enhancement of imagination, of the fantastic as well as the utopian, on the other hand they are a means for the precise definition and specification of architectural thought. The workshop asks how the digital image production intervenes today in the imagination and the design processes and thereby in reality. Do we need a re-conceptualization of the architectural design processes based on image theory?

With Friedrich Nietzsche, the tools of writing such as pen, pencil or typewriter, always participate in the formulation of our thoughts. Also Gottfried Semper stated in his book Der Stil, that style is the "congruence of an art form with its history of origin, with all its preconditions and circumstances of becoming". Therefore the question is wheather Sebastiano Serlio's "pre-designed" order of columns, Mies van der Rohe's collage technique as well as Peter Eisenman's diagrammatic method can be understood as a response to the latest image techniques of their times -such as the printing press, the perspective, photography or film? After structuralism, post-modernity and deconstruction, how do today the modified methods of digital image production participate in the architectural design?

The workshop asks how the digital image processes inscribe themselves in the architectural design processes and further into the materiality and spatial substance of architecture. What is changing in the design processes, in the processes of the imagination of the real, and in the production of visibility, in the transition from the linguistic turn of the 60s to the digital turn of today?


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