Architektur an der Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm 1953–68
Teil 2: Integral und digital
Kooperation AUK (Chris Dähne, Helge Svenshon) und DDU (Nadja Gaudillière-Jami, Oliver Tessmann)
Bachelor / Master
15-01-0354 / 15-01-6465
15-02-6465 / 15-02-7731
Time: Mo, 15.30 – 17.00 h
First Meeting: 16.10.2023
Place: DDU Robolab
Contact: Oliver Tessmann, Nadja Gaudillière-Jami
The unbridled belief in progress, the future and economic growth had also taken hold of the HfG Ulm, which, four years after its founding in 1953, shifted its focus from practical craft teaching to scientific methods such as cybernetics, mathematical operations analysis, systems and information theory. Instead of free inspiration and artistic creativity, the students were to try out the newly imparted factual and methodological knowledge in architectural design according to the principle of scientific experiments. Meshes and grids served as geometric systems of order in order to be able to analytically determine, visually represent and systematically explore the most diverse influencing variables and parameters, dependencies and relationships in spaces and spatial sequences on a scientific basis. After rigorous experimental arrangements, the students used the methods of engineering and natural, human and social sciences to develop new approaches for an integral design of architecture of the most diverse building tasks: adaptable and mobile buildings of living and working, leisure and culture for mass demand in the 1950s-60s.
In the seminar, we will reconstruct selected exercises and designs by students of the Building Department. The basis for this are the drawings made at the time in analogue form with pencil, drawing pen and set square according to predefined geometric algorithms, whose spatial and design quality will be explored and examined through modelling with digital tools.