Inspiring architecture without clients

Lectures by Professor MSO Walter Unterrainer / Next lecture 25 April

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.

Spring 2018

Body – space – object
Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 16.15
Where: Navitas’ auditorium, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, Aarhus.

Inspiring architecture without clients
Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 16.15
Do architects have an impact on environmental or societal challenges related to space, which give no profit to investors? In times of strict and exclusive procurement policies, do young architects have any chance to generate their projects according to their convictions? The lecture presents inspiring exit strategies out of a shallow and meaningless mainstream.
Where: Navitas’ auditorium, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, Aarhus.

Autumn 2018

  • Inside – outside
  • The whole and the detail

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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