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.

The result is a collaborative spatial installation, designed and fabricated by the students. The installation is neither a wearable garment nor an architectural intervention, but a hybrid in scale, material and tectonic. 


Institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin / Prof. Petra Skupin
Year: 2010
Type: Design and Theory Seminar
Students: 16 undergraduate students

Installation at final year show HTW
Material sample made of fabric
Material in place
Frame with tensegrity structure
Fabric patterns stretch within the frame
Critical audience

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.

Parametric Product Design

Parametric design workshop for industrial designers at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe on the invitation of Prof. Volker Albus & Stefan Legner. The workshop focussed on concepts of parametric design to generate parametric geometries creating definitions and scripts (Grasshopper for Rhino3D).

DMY 2010 Berlin

The 'Evolving Monument' is proposal to catalogue the objects developed during the Open Design Laboratory. As a process, this display system will grow, change, disrupt and/or project the input of all participants during this 5-day event. This public effort aims to form the workshop’s institutional memory while serving as a generative exercise in digital fabrication for public learning and collaboration. Initiated and moderated by Luis Berríos-Negrón and Aurel von Richthofen

Wave Breaker

The “Wave-breaker” project challenges conventional architectural drafting methods as it is a land-art and landscape installation. The project narrates the story of seemingly abandoned industrial artifacts (the concrete precast wave-breakers) in a desert landscape.

Crossing The Line Conference

Aurel speaks at the American University of Dubai on the conference "Crossing the Line - Drawing in the Middle East". The Architectural drawings, such as design sketches, plans, sections, axonometrics and perspectives, underwent a dramatic shift since the advent of CAD tools.

Focal point ETH Studio Basel

Aurel von Richthofen acts as focal point for ETH Studio Basel research on urbanization in Oman in March 2013. He coordinates the visit of 10 students, 4 assistants and 2 professors to Muscat, organizes a symposium and workshops with GUtech students.