052-0813-23L  Architectural Ecology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersL. Stalder, K. Kadowaki, M. Kaijima
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


052-0813-23 SHistory, Criticism and Theory in Architecture: Architectural Ecology
No course 26.10 (seminar week) as well as in the last two weeks of the semester (finl critiques).
2 hrs
Thu15:45-17:30HIL F 10.3 »
L. Stalder, K. Kadowaki, M. Kaijima

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AbstractIn this seminar we will, on the one hand, deal with the central strategies in the context of the climate crisis and get to know them by reading theoretical key texts. On the other hand, we will analyze concrete architectural case studies from Europe and Japan on this basis and thus examine these as well as the theoretical strategies for their potentials.
ObjectiveBy combining textual foundations and practice-based approaches, the course aims to develop a deeper understanding of theoretically grounded ecological architecture while capturing and questioning the methods of current practice from a variety of perspectives.
ContentClimate change confronts architecture with a series of new and complex challenges that are reflected in a specific vocabulary. Terms like sufficiency, circularity or cohabitation are shaping the debates around this crisis or are standing for possible ways out of it. At the same time, the immediate nature of the situation forces us to critically question or revise common standards in the built practice - without having established new reliabilities in advance. Instead, a wide variety of isolated, sometimes contradictory strategies are being pursued simultaneously: Replacing fossil building materials with ecological ones, striving for "less" or a "different" way of building, low-tech and high-tech approaches, simple or multi-layered constructions. Theoretical and practical perspectives seem to be little connected so far.

In this seminar we will, on the one hand, deal with the central concepts and strategies of the current debates and get to know and question them by reading key theoretical texts. On the other hand, we will analyze relevant case studies from Europe and Japan on this basis and thus examine both the theoretical strategies and the concrete projects for their potentials.

By combining theoretical foundations and practice-based approaches, we thus aim to develop a deeper understanding of an academically informed, ecological architecture, while at the same time capturing and questioning the methods of our current practice from a variety of perspectives.
Prerequisites / NoticeAs we want to ensure a constructive discussion during the Seminar, we need to lmit the amount of students participating.

To this end, we kindly ask you to send us a short letter of motivation. This does not need be long (3-5 sentences should be enough), but make sure to state concisely why you would like to join us for this course.

Please send your statement to Link by Monday the 18th of september (23:59). We will notify the accepted candidates by Wednesday the 20th.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersL. Stalder, K. Kadowaki, M. Kaijima
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Architecture BachelorHistory and Theory of ArchitectureWInformation