Ludger Hovestadt: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt
FieldDigital Architectonics
Address
Inst. f. Technologie in der Arch.
ETH Zürich, HIB E 15
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-mailhovestadt@arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
051-1218-21LIntegrated Discipline CAAD Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2UL. Hovestadt
AbstractThis part of the curriculum addresses design work in different areas of architecture and urbanism and integrates the knowledge acquired in previous years. It involves the active participation of specialists from related disciplines (e.g. building structures, landscape architecture, history of art and architecture, monuments conservation etc.).
ObjectiveToday architectural sketching without the employment of information technologies is only meaningful in exceptional cases. CAD plans, three-dimensional rendering, CNC model construction etc. are pervasive media for the development and presentation of architectural drafts. This elective course tries to follow questions on a new plateau: Which are the common traits of current design methods and modern information technologies and how can they symbiotically lead to a new architectural expressions in formal and constructional regard. Draft-accompanying, these questions are pursuit on a theoretical level, in order to be able to find its expression in the concrete draft. Ascertained technical applications are not ment to be of priority.
ContentThis part of the curriculum addresses design work in different areas of architecture and urbanism and integrates the knowledge acquired in previous years. It involves the active participation of specialists from related disciplines (e.g. building structures, landscape architecture, history of art and architecture, monuments conservation etc.).
Lecture noteshttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Literaturehttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
052-0606-00LMathematics and Programming II Information 2 credits2VL. Hovestadt
AbstractAn introduction to information technology for architects. It is not about the HOW, but rather about the WHAT, not about virtuosity when dealing with digital tools, but rather about understanding coding. Not about pragmatism, but rather about literacy. It forms the basis of digital architectonics, the art of joining, which needs to be cultivated with care, prudence and patience.
ObjectiveNormally, one would expect this course to teach students how to draw architecture while using computers. This course does not because digital architectural models are not drawn, but encoded.

In the current discussion about building information models (BIM), we see how blocked the situation can become when one draws architecture digitally. Today, digital models are a tedious 'minefield' with hundreds of gigabytes of data of all kinds. A digital model as code, however, is lightweight, compact and fast – a sparkling crystal, like poetry.

That is why coding is the focus of this course. More specifically, students learn to read code and to value thinking in code. Learning active coding goes beyond the time-frame and should not be forced upon people. Thanks to digital awareness, students can quickly learn a wide variety of software using help available in the Internet, and competently use it according to their personal preferences. The aim of the course is for the students to develop as architects and to grow a digital personality.

Specific reference is made to the history of architecture in conjunction with mathematics and philosophy. The essential tool of the trade is the lambda calculus in the implementation of Mathematica. The information technology interconnection of all digital media will be presented: text, image, graphic, model, animation, film, audio and the corresponding software. Current issues will be discussed: Internet, Internet of things, cryptography, privacy, big data, machine intelligence, building information models, responsive cities, smart homes, robotics, energy and logistics. Current and historical modelling processes will be worked on.
ContentThe Mechanics of Digital
Introduction and overview on folding
Calculus
Text and numbers
Lists and colours
Pictures and films
Cryptography and communication
Rules and graphs
Graphics and Animation
3D models
Solid models
Music and sound

The Big Plenty
Parsers
Databases
Machine intelligence
Many images
Many texts
Many drawings
Many models
Smart buildings
City and country
On the Internet of Things

A Digital Archaeology of Architecture
The geometry of Euclid
The architecture of the Greeks
The arithmetic of Ptolemy
The architecture of the middle ages
The geometry of Descartes
The architecture of the Renaissance
The arithmetic of Lagrange
The architecture of the Enlightenment
The algebra of Boole
The architecture of the classical period
The theory of categories
The architecture of the 20th century

The Digital Architectural Model
Architecture and poetry
The perspective model
The probabilistic model
The crystal
The hybrid
The continuum
The Oikos
The model concept 1920
The model concept 1950
The model concept 1980
The model concept 2010
Brand and style
052-0628-21LCAAD Theory: A House that Demands More From the Sunset (Hovestadt) Information Restricted registration - show details
ITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link: Link
2 credits2GL. Hovestadt
Abstract“Perhaps the only difference between me and other people is that I've always demanded more from the sunset. More spectacular colors when the sun hit the horizon. That's perhaps my only sin.”
Joe, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
ObjectiveIn this course you will select a building and create a persona that both is and is not yourself. Through writing a text with the help of a library (Xenotheka) and Machine Intelligence (Ask.Alice search engine), you will mobilise that persona and set it to work in a space.
From an ‘elsewhere’ to ‘anywhere’, we can animate spaces and make them talk; we can create a persona.
ContentSetting:
House, Library and Me

Play:
If the walls could speak . . . what would they demand?
We use space to create multiple personae, all with different tempers. A million chattering voices.
Avatars, yes, but what could they do?
The inside becomes the outside: the part becomes the whole. One little room becomes an everywhere. The creation of a space that is you.
But how do we get them to talk?
By mobilising multiple personae and setting them to work in a space. By creating an alter-ego from the perspective of an element.
Like Captain Planet?
Air - Earth - Fire - Water. A house characterised by four humours and four elements in balance.
What is a house but a coded balance that shifts?
‘Even Bergsonian duration is in need of a runner’. Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual personae include the Socrates of Plato, the Dionysus of Nietzsche, the Idiot of Nicholas of Cusa. But what if the concept is yourself?
Lecture noteshttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Literaturehttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Prerequisites / NoticeITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link: https://ethz.zoom.us/s/92856146358
052-0630-21LCAAD Practice: A Brief Introduction to Coding (L. Hovestadt) Information Restricted registration - show details
ITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link: Link
2 credits2GL. Hovestadt
AbstractComputers are not machines, rather instruments to think the world with. Coding is not about submitting yourself to computer scientists' formalities and worldviews, but about the emancipation of writing itself in the digital age.
ObjectiveThis course aims to expose you to writing code (you will be writing a lot). Teaching will not be rigidly structured since we do not seek to solve any particular problem using code, nor offer certification. We want to learn to talk in a new way. We will let grammar fit into its place naturally, and let the ideas about what we can do with code cook slowly.
ContentComputers are not machines, rather instruments to think the world with. Coding is not about submitting yourself to computer scientists' formalities and worldviews, but about the emancipation of writing itself in the digital age. Even if you never end up using computer code in your architectural endeavours (highly unlikely), knowing what code does and how to write it will make you a literate person in a sense you cannot currently imagine. New perspectives will open to you in the world that is already there.
This course aims to expose you to writing code (you will be writing a lot). Teaching will not be rigidly structured since we do not seek to solve any particular problem using code, nor offer certification. We want to learn to talk in a new way. We will let grammar fit into its place naturally, and let the ideas about what we can do with code cook slowly.
We will be coding in Python programming language. Python is a very popular language that is easy to start with, but hard to master (just like English). But we are not here for the Python or any other language. We are interested in the talks that it allows us to articulate.
Lecture notesYou do not need any prerequisites to join this course. Python can be run in a web browser, and you do not need to install anything. Join the course via Zoom on the following link: https://ethz.zoom.us/my/marincic
Literaturehttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Prerequisites / NoticeITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link: https://ethz.zoom.us/s/92856146358
052-0636-00LMathematical Thinking and Programming IV Information 2 credits2VL. Hovestadt
AbstractAdvanced knowledge of the CAD Programme "Blender"
Advanced knowledge of "Lambda Calculus" and "Mathematica"
ObjectiveAdvanced knowlede of the CAD program "Blender"
Advanced knowlede of "Lambda Calculus" and the programming environment "Mathematica".
ContentIntroduction to the consistent processing of the following media per code: text, colour, image, graphs, graphic (2D and 3D), animation and web.
052-1110-21LArchitectural Design V-IX: Meteora #04 Alienations (L. Hovestadt) Information Restricted registration - show details
Please register (Link) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see Link).

Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 2nd April 2021, 24:00 h. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio!
14 credits16UL. Hovestadt
AbstractThis studio works on the idea that a substantial understanding of
todays technology (internet of things, big data, machine
intelligence...) changes the perspective to architectural theory
and will result in different architectural designs and building
constructions.
Objective1) Identification and understanding of the challenges of todays technologies;
2) techniques of working within the plenty of the internet;
3) a methodology to design digital architectures;
4) understanding of the shift from hard building construction to soft building applications, and
5) an understanding of the importance of becoming a literate digital
persona in order to be an architect today.
ContentMETEORA #04 ALIENATIONS

in the time of corona,
sitting at home,
connected with the world.

we feel like laughing.
sitting at the edge of the world.
we start thinking.

an alien building of the last century (ludwig wittgenstein house, vienna, 1928)
meets
an alien figure of today's media (lenny belardo aka jude law by paolo sorrentino, 2016)

you look at me
and I look at you.

I'm the world,
I'm the world,
the world in a box.

METEORA #04 is an architectonic exercise
on our cultural heritage
and its challenges of today.

white noise,
beautiful white noise.

in a room without a roof
i'm staring at the ceiling.

METEORA #04  will use artificial intelligence
        to write a text to explicate a precise position in today's world,
        to create a spectrum of images to reflect this world
        and design an architectural artefact which brings things into adequate proportions

in the plentiful noise of today
lenny will help us to talk about the world today, and
ludwig will help us to make detailed architectonic arguments.
Prerequisites / NoticeIndividual work only.
Mid term crits: Dates will follow.
No extra costs!
063-0716-00LCAAD III: Positions within Architecture Information Restricted registration - show details
This core course (ends with «00L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.
2 credits2VL. Hovestadt
AbstractInformation technologies for architects. Third, deepening part. Information technologies are today constituent part both for the architectural work and our built environment. Hardware and software are pervasive, inexpensive and easy to use. Conventional planning and building processes are accelerated and improved in the good case.
ObjectiveIn this course we ask the qualitative question about new attitudes and meanings on the new plateau. CAAD III treats deepened in a seminaristic manner a selected application on this new plateau. CAAD III begins with introductory lectures and closes off with individual elaborations.
ContentInformation technologies for architects. Third, deepening part. Information technologies are today constituent part both for the architectural work and our built environment. Hardware and software are pervasive, inexpensive and easy to use. Conventional planning and building processes are accelerated and improved in the good case.
063-0732-21LCAAD Theory (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits13AL. Hovestadt
AbstractWithin three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
ObjectiveWithin three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
ContentThe contents of these elective studies are expected to link to the subject matter of the attended course.
Lecture noteshttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Literaturehttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
063-0734-21LCAAD Practice (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits13AL. Hovestadt
AbstractWithin three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
ObjectiveWithin three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
ContentThe contents of these elective studies are expected to link to the subject matter of the attended course.
Lecture noteshttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Literaturehttp://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
064-0016-21LPhD Colloquium Theory of Information Technology for Architects Information 2 credits2KL. Hovestadt
AbstractInformation technology plays an increasingly important role in research. To meet this challenging development, it is not only important to acquire respective skills, but also to consider and understand information technology in what sets it apart from other gestalts of technics (like mechanics, dynamics, or thermodynamics).
ObjectiveThe aim of this colloquium is to counter an observable tendency, that proportional to the degree in which students master practical skills in computing, they increasingly submit uncritically, in their understanding and framing of problems, to the dictation of schemata and templates implemented by technical systems.
ContentThe starting point for this colloquium is to comprehend computing not in terms of skills, but as a literacy which we can experience emerging today. Like in the case of writing as well, computing cannot exhaustively be reduced to either logics, grammar, arithmetics, or analytics. Rather, computation, if comprehended as a literacy, relates to any of the established categories of learning and raises questions of an architectonic kind. This colloquium draws from the principal richness of cultural forms of knowing and learning and thematizes approaches to formulate a theoretical stance on information technology for architects which is driven by and resting on the actual reality of computability today. In this, it is complementary to those theory courses on technology offered by the historical disciplines at ETH.
Prerequisites / NoticeTo benefit from this course, you should have a practical affinity to technics, as well as an abstract interest in information technology in its comprehensive cultural context.