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
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