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

The main product of this research seminar held at KSA in the fall of 2008 became an online, open-source, educational tool, assembling an unexplored genealogy of ecological material experiments that underground architectural groups conducted in the 1960s and 1970s. Workshop: An adhoc workshop headquarter was located at the top if the stairs in the main gallery to accommodate meetings and lectures. Work in progress was displayed throughout the workshop to engage the public, while students warmed out and worked individually in studio. Each student team was assigned with an experiment conducted almost 40 years ago and invited to creatively reuse the information, distill the rule- based systems and axioms of the experiment and assign new meaning to the idea by using contemporary media and knowledge of materials, methods, technology and culture. Students were asked to use their design skills and ideas with a twist of their own research interests by reusing as a reference a historic project. Finally, they were invited to produce a new story/narrative for their "reused" experiment in the form of an instruction manual or a "cookbook" that can be uploaded online for others to use and once again reuse. Information about the project: The open source website was launched in November 2008. The project, accompanied by a homonymous exhibition, opened at the National Gallery of Art in Athens, Greece, in December 2008 and traveled to the Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York in 2009, the Metropolitan Exchange Space, in Brooklyn, NY in 2009, as well as to MIT. A printed version of the research in the form of a book (most likely) is forthcoming by MIT Press. This project is generously supported by the MIT Lawrence Anderson award for the creative documentation of history. For more information on the subsequent exhibition and online archive please visit Lydia's website


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.

Geneva Winery

This graduate design studio explored a layered urban landscape in Geneva, Switzerland. The winery is understood as cultural, ecological and architectural project. The cultivation of land, the production of wine and the respective landscape architectural design mutually re-enforce each other. After an analytical mapping of the larger context, students worked with physical and digital models. Their projects we located within the striated space of the the urban landscape. The projects resulted in an architecture informed by the specific parameters of landscape, production and inhabitation before formal representation.

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.

Digital Design & Representation

Digital Design and Representation stand at the core of the education of architects and urban designers. Due to the proliferation of computers, the increasing computer literacy amongst incoming students and the fundamental shift in the profession towards the digital, digital design and representation needs to be re-assessed all together.