Bürolandschaft – Complex

This seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) explored German architecture, culture and aesthetic from 1960–70, a period which re-defined modern architecture in Germany, while coinciding with the cultural and aesthetic revolution of Paris in 1968. German post-war movies served as cultural backdrop to establish a critical architectural theory.

The movies were analyzed with methods of film critique for their innovative use of scenic space, narration and social context. By doing so students developed critical tools to discuss cybernetics, information and systems theory. These tool were transposed to re-assess German architecture and urbanism. Students re-qualified Frei Otto’s tensile structures and the Bürolandschaft (an open non-hierarchical office arrangement) to draw conclusions on contemporary architecture in a networked and globalized context. 


Institution: The Ohio State University

Year: 2009

Type: Theory Seminar 

Students: Eight undergraduate and graduate students

Model of Bürolandschaft / Fassbinder's theatrical space

Metabolism Redux

This theoretical seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) examined Japanese architecture, culture and aesthetic between 1960 and 1970. The seminar revisited so called Metabolism in architecture and urbanism by studying Japanese movies and pop culture of the time.

Open Source School

This 2nd year bachelor design studio at TU Berlin introduced parametric planning processes for the design of a school in South Berlin. Students experimented with one-to-one material models aiming at the creation of a particular spatial effect. These models were presented to the primary school pupils and transformed based on their feedback.

New Bouwkunde

New Bouwkunde is a radical design for a new school of architecture at Technical University of Delft. The program called for more than 2000 spaces. These were organized algorithmically and optimized for spatial efficiency. Study, project and research within a school of architecture are normally shaped by an intimate relationship of scholars and students within a tight educational community. Not at Delft where the sheer number of more than 5000 students of architecture outgrow any sense of personal scale.

Subway Sorter

The design-research leading to Subway Sorter is rooted in an ongoing interest in the representation of traffic – here in the form of public underground transportation – as a means of spatial-temporal mapping of the city. Starting from the subway system of Manhattan, this comparative study models several metropolis’ of the 21 century.

Foam Scape

In the context of this studio foam is an operative metaphor describing cultural processes of an inherently individualized society and a generative design model for an emergent architecture. In a first instance we will use foam as an analytical explication tool to research the intimate conditions of space production such as inhabitation, insulation and immunization. We will then analyze the adjacency of cells in a state of co-isolation and move on to complex cells clusters and stable foams.


ecoredux - Remedies for a Dying Planet at KSA fall 2008/ Lydia Kallipoliti and Aurel von Richthofen