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.

Students produced a synchron-optical chart that correlated internal and external cultural influences, places, events, publications and protagonists with Metabolist projects. This extensive map served as a background for a student performance in re-reading the recent history of Metabolism and also served to critically transpose Metabolist concepts to the contemporary discourse on architecture, megastructures, landscape urbanism and urban planning.

Institution: The Ohio State University

Year: 2008

Type: Theory Seminar 

Students: 12 undergraduate and graduate students

Metabolist timeline in the early production stage
Student presenting the research compiled in a synchron-optical timeline.
PDF icon Metabolism_Timeline.pdf7.55 MB

3m’s of Metabolism

Metabolism: The 3 Ms / Published in Pidgin Magazine # 3, 2007, Princeton University / Aurel von Richthofen


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

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.

Tetra – City / House

The house of the future is a tetrahedron. In fact, it is a set of tetra- shaped rooms forming a little city of tetra-spaces that form a tetra-shaped house. Fractal in geometry, the ideal house can be applied as ideal city on a different scale. Recursive in time, a partial realization anticipates the future expansion.

Updating Semper

This seminar geared at fashion design students combined critique of style theory with tectonic design experimentation. Reversing Gottfried Semper’s style argument wherein fashion holds tectonic principles (Bekleidungstheory), architectural theory and structural evaluation are put to use to describe style in fashion design.

@ Sultan Qabous University

Aurel von Richthofen lectures at Sultan Qaboos University on the topic of "parametric design beyond form". Kind invitation of Alya Abdul Sattar Yaqoob Al-Hashim to the Dept. of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The lecture is structured around three aspects of parametric design: design that can accommodate different parameters, design that computes and design beyond form.