Professorship of Architectural and Cultural Theory

Biennale 2014, Elements show - outside

Architecture, which also encompasses building in general, is not a part of our “culture” but the product of “cultures” – powerful driving forces that result from stressors that either exist or arise as a product of paranoia. One need only look at the history of architecture to see that buildings must be seen in the context of cultural difference (national, regional, etc.) as well as in the context of transmission processes. They are the result of a process of cultural evolution and can only rarely be attributed to individual “heroic” figures in the history of architecture. They are the product of a complex amalgam of economic, political, material and stylistic factors, of traditions, craftsmanship, software parameters and so on that architecture theory, if it is not to give way to subjectivist illusions, must address and analyze in terms of its evolutionary heritage. At the same time, architecture theory – itself a subject-oriented design theory – must concern itself not only with what was and what is, but also with what will be, and not just in terms of desirable artifacts but also in terms of a desirable form of society.

It is within this context that the Assistant Professorship of Architectural and Cultural Theory operates, conducting research on architecture and urbanism of the 20th and 21st century in general, and specifically the economics of architecture and urbanism, as well as on the elements and synthesis of architectonic space and neuroscientific architectural research.

In 2014, the Chair founded TUMLAR – the TU Munich Laboratory for Architectural Research – as a discussion and communication platform for the Professorship of Architectural and Cultural Theory.