Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur und Stadt (GTAS)


I am ded­i­cat­ed to the inves­ti­ga­tion, analy­sis and doc­u­men­ta­tion of the poli­to-eco­nom­i­cal frame­works and eth­i­cal demands for archi­tec­ture and archi­tects in the con­text of a new civ­il society. I understand the mak­ing-vis­i­ble of deci­sion-mak­ing struc­tures as well as the recognition of inter­de­pen­den­cies between such sys­tems as an essen­tial if not indis­pens­able instru­ment for a nego­tiable, trans­for­ma­tive and emanci­pa­to­ry pro­duc­tion of space. This is impor­tant as oth­er ways of doing become think­able only when ques­tions about priv­i­lege, inter­ests or pow­er are exposed and their lay­ers revealed. I believe, that the much-demand­ed right to the city, for exam­ple, can only be realised if and when the very sys­tems that pro­duce archi­tec­tur­al projects and objects become the focus of investigation.

This crit­i­cal-reflex­ive point of depar­ture is anchored in my teach­ing and research through the explo­ration of his­tor­i­cal lines of flight and is sit­u­at­ed further with­in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary dis­cus­sions and trans-local concerns so that con­tem­po­rary issues — migra­tion, the hous­ing ques­tion, cli­mate change or agency — become framed and embed­ded in wider debates. With this approach, I am posi­tion­ing myself against the mod­ernist frag­men­ta­tion and abstrac­tion of knowl­edge. Instead, I am con­cerned with the mak­ing-understand­able the com­plex machines or appa­ra­tus­es involved in the making of space as well as the con­fig­u­ra­tion of oth­er trajectories and imaginaries.