Relations 2018

Archi­tec­tu­re has been rela­ted to urban, cul­tu­ral, and tech­no­lo­gi­cal prac­tices, and to socie­tal and spa­ti­al deve­lop­ments. Rela­ti­ons exist not just to frame the disci­pli­ne through its rela­ti­ves or its others; rela­ti­ons con­sti­tu­te the spa­ti­al, tem­po­ral, and con­cep­tu­al con­texts that make archi­tec­tu­re pos­si­ble in the first place.

How is archi­tec­tu­re co-con­­st­ruc­­ted through its rela­ti­ons today? In four ses­si­ons during a one-day event, Mar­tí Franch Batll­ori, Jen­ny B. Osuldsen | Jean-Phil­ip­­pe Vas­sal, Jes­ko Fezer | Bet­ti­na Stein­brüg­ge, Niko­laus Hirsch | Frank Bar­kow and Joerg Fin­ger­hut, will dis­cuss this ques­ti­on from dif­fe­rent per­spec­tives.

The event will be held in Eng­lish.

2–2:30 p.m.


2:30–3:30 p.m.

Session 1

The first ses­si­on dis­cus­ses the rela­ti­on bet­ween archi­tec­tu­ral design tac­tics and natu­ral eco­sys­tems: in the age of the Anthropo­ce­ne, human inter­ven­ti­ons need to be con­si­de­red as forces of natu­re, while at the same time natu­ral pro­ces­ses are hea­vi­ly influ­en­ced by anthro­po­ge­nic influ­en­ces. The­re­fo­re, to ima­gi­ne and design new forms of inter­con­nec­tivi­ty, inter­ac­tion and con­ver­sa­ti­on bet­ween humans and natu­re ser­ve as a basis for reve­aling new types of in-bet­ween, novel, and hybrid land­s­capes to enhan­ce human well-being and qua­li­ty of life.
Mar­tí Franch Batll­ori and Jen­ny B. Osuldsen in con­ver­sa­ti­on with Ant­je Stokman

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Session 2

If the right to the city is not only a claim but a con­sis­tent rea­li­ty, archi­tec­tu­re must respond by sup­por­ting various modes of appro­pria­ti­on and crea­ting spaces open to diver­se life­styles. Rela­ting to the ever­y­day of urban prac­tices can take many forms and is arti­cu­la­ted through very dif­fe­rent approa­ches. The ses­si­on will open a dis­cus­sion on archi­tec­tu­ral qua­li­ties and stra­te­gies in an urban space that is unders­tood as a space of nego­tia­ti­on.
Jean-Phil­ip­­pe Vas­sal and Jes­ko Fezer in con­ver­sa­ti­on with Chris­toph Hei­ne­mann

5–6 p.m.

Session 3

Addres­sing the various ways in which archi­tec­tu­re and art rela­te as cri­ti­cal prac­tices, the ses­si­on is set up to dis­cuss their poten­ti­als to pro­po­se ide­as and actions for our radi­cal­ly trans­forming socie­ty. The aim is to open up a con­ver­sa­ti­on about tho­se models, methods, dreams, and his­to­ries that enab­le archi­tec­tu­re and art to re-ima­gi­­ne the (soci­al and poli­ti­cal, insti­tu­tio­nal and ideo­lo­gi­cal) spaces we sha­re.
Bet­ti­na Stein­brüg­ge and Niko­laus Hirsch in con­ver­sa­ti­on with Mona Mahall

6–7 p.m.

Session 4

The last ses­si­on inves­ti­ga­tes the rela­ti­on bet­ween archi­tec­tu­ral prac­tice and the expe­ri­ment as a sci­en­ti­fic method: cogni­ti­ve sci­en­ces are using expe­ri­men­tal stu­dies to ana­ly­ze how archi­tec­tu­re affec­ts our beha­vi­or and the con­sti­tu­ti­on of our envi­ron­ment. Con­ver­se­ly, as an ite­ra­ti­ve pro­cess of tes­ting ide­as and their mate­ria­li­za­ti­on in the built envi­ron­ment, archi­tec­tu­ral design its­elf beco­mes an expe­ri­ment.
Joerg Fin­ger­hut and Frank Bar­kow in con­ver­sa­ti­on with Mat­thi­as Bal­le­strem

7 p.m.



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The event takes place on the occa­si­on of the appoint­ment of four new pro­fes­sors at the Hafen­Ci­ty Uni­ver­si­ty and is orga­ni­zed by Ant­je Stokman, Chris­toph Hei­ne­mann, Mona Mahall, and Mat­thi­as Bal­le­strem. Their are­as are desi­gna­ted as Archi­tec­tu­re and Land­s­cape, Archi­tec­tu­re and the City, Archi­tec­tu­re and Art, and Archi­tec­tu­re and Expe­ri­men­tal Design. Rela­ti­ons is sup­por­ted by Hafen­Ci­ty Ham­burg GmbH and is part of the Hafen­Ci­ty Lec­tures series.