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This talk proposes that design is inherent to Michel Foucault’s work on the dispositif (apparatus) and governmentality. In particular, the lecture examines how the strategic coordination of heterogeneities in an apparatus is the result of a governmental design strategy. In so doing, the talk also makes strong connections to Alfred North Whitehead’s work on “sociality” in an effort to expand and deepen Foucault’s own conception of how heterogeneous forces are “steered” or “designed” to converge to achieve particular ends.

With this reframing not only does design become the conceptual bridge between the “art” and “rationality” of government in Foucault—the “design” of government— but it also becomes central to understanding how contemporary technologies of computational governance shape human and nonhuman practices at various scales through its design of apparatuses. The lecture concludes by examining how governmental design intervenes in current design discourse by speculatively reframing not only the spatial and temporal scales at which design operates but also what (non-human) “design thinking” really means in an era of computational governance.


Adam Nocek is an assistant professor in the philosophy of technology and science and technology studies in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering and the Design School at Arizona State University (ASU). He is also the founding director of the Center for Philosophical Technologies at ASU. Nocek has published widely on the philosophy of media and science, speculative philosophy (especially Whitehead), design philosophy, and on critical and speculative theories of computational media. Nocek is the co-editor of The Lure of Whitehead and has just completed a manuscript titled, Molecular Capture: Biology, Animation, and Governance. Nocek is currently working on two book projects: the first project addresses computational governance and the emergence of new regimes of design expertise, and the second project reimagines the role of mythology within speculative design philosophy. Nocek is also a visiting researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Study and is The Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Visiting Professor.

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Upcoming performances May and June

concerned with the production of space by technology, motion and resonance. (info details

  • Dance performances “Ningyo Buri” 

Conference “Art, Architecture and Technology" 

to celebrate the 150 Years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria 

by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

25.5., 14:30 at the at TU Kuppelsaal 

Volkstheater Vienna, Festival “#digitalnatives19 Share our Lives”

31.5., 17h, 18h and a teaser 19h 

1.6., 13h and 14h 

Gallery Spitzer/Odeon theatre

Performative installation <embracing the other> 

13-27.6. with 2 performances and a discourse event.

13.6., 19h performance and vernissage 

installation: interaction with <the other> an artificial intelligence and an artificial body. 

20.6., 19h performance

installation: interaction with <the other> an artificial intelligence and an artificial body. 

27.6., 19h discourse and finissage 

  • Performance “The robot is present” 

Volkstheater, Festival “#digitalnatives19 Share our Lives” 

31.5. 13-16h at the understage of Volkstheaters main stage. 

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ATTP CONVIVIA 02: Christopher Peterka / APRIL 09 2019




09.04.2019, 12.00-14.00


Christopher Patrick Peterka (born 1978) is an autodidact, a futurist, an entrepreneur and an investor. As early as the year 2000 he had already founded a company for natural language interfaces for man/machine communications. Besides managing his investments he coaches individuals and organisations globally on questions relating to the topics of innovation culture and future strategy. His particular interest is dedicated to the new rules in the economy and society of the Digital Modern era. As an advisor, speaker and interview partner Peterka inspires, surprises and challenges. He reveals the tectonic shifts between ‘old and new world’ driven by what he calls “the great acceleration of data and tech”. A father of two and a cyborg, he strives for practical change by leveraging an entirely new thinking that implies teaching robots humaneness as well.

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ATTP CONVIVIA 01: Niklas Damiris / MARCH 12 2019
7:30 PM19:30

ATTP CONVIVIA 01: Niklas Damiris / MARCH 12 2019

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How can insights from quantum physics refresh our approach to our profoundly intertwined ecological / economic challenges? I argue that the quantum appears weird only because we interpret it through entrenched cybernetic categories like ‘information’, ‘feedback’, ‘observation’, and ‘data-base’, which become problematic in a world characterized by indeterminacy, negative probabilities, non-locality and measurement effects. Furthermore, this world is not confined to the small as is often claimed. I propose that we institute a new ecologically attuned economic practice based on finance approached as a quantum phenomenon. Such an endeavor presupposes that those who participate in it ‘have skin in the game’ and their aim is not to discount the future, but to enable it by facing courageously its indeterminacy and the freedom it affords.

Niklas Wild Damiris is a theoretical physicist turned economic theorist. He lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years working as research scientist in well- known think tanks there including: Xerox PARC, Apple Advanced Technology Group, IBM Almaden Research Center. He co-founded start-ups including: Pliant / sociotechnical systems, Capitalizing Communities, and Quantum-ly. Dr. Damiris has been a visiting scholar and occasional lecturer at Stanford University for many years. He has also been Research Fellow at University of California at Santa Cruz; Consulting professor, Laboratory for Monetary Research, Department of Economics, University of Lugano, Switzerland; Special Advisor to the Director for Social Science at the University of Southern Switzerland; Corresponding member of the Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Paris; Affiliate Researcher at Topological Media Lab Montreal, and Affiliate Researcher at Synthesis ASU.

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Assistant Researcher / Lecturer: applications open until 11. 4. 2019

As of May 2019, a position as assistant researcher/lecturer will be vacant at the Research Unit Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics. Candidates are expected to teach and conduct research at the department and earn a doctorate in architecture theory.

Desired qualifications: academic, professional and technical skills in the fields of architecture and architectonics / theory; special interest in information technology and its philosophical understanding in connection with culture, education, politics, economics; didactic talent regarding interdisciplinary working and teaching methods. Ambition and ability to participate in the identity formation of the department. Language / text affinity, interest in abstraction and aesthetics, experience in writing / expression, good command of English, teaching experience, design practice, familiarity with and interest in architecture schools in international comparison, teamwork.

Expected documents: CV, portfolio (including publication list), letter of application.

For a period of 4 years, 30 hours per week.
International applications are welcome, but bound by the willingness to relocate to Vienna.

Send your application until the 11. 4. 2019 to     

See the full call here:

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IOA Sliver Lecture: Architecture and the Meteora (Vera Bühlmann)
7:00 PM19:00

IOA Sliver Lecture: Architecture and the Meteora (Vera Bühlmann)

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January 8th, 2019, 7pm
University of Applied Arts Vienna,
Hörsaal 1

Lecture Title:
Architecture and the Meteora.
On Cornucopian Instruments, Architectonic Dispositions, and Capital Concepts

Vera Bühlmann is a Swiss writer. She is professor for architecture theory, and director of the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP at Vienna University of Technology ( ). Together with Ludger Hovestadt she co-founded and directs the laboratory for applied virtuality at the Architecture Department at ETH Zurich, and co-edits the applied virtuality book series (Birkhäuser, Basel/Vienna, since 2012). After studying philosophy and English language and literature in Zurich, Switzerland, she obtained a PhD in media theory/philosophy from Basel University (2009). Her latest monograph is entitled Information and Mathematics in the Philosophy of Michel Serres (Bloomsbury, London: forthcoming 2018).

She is the author of Die Nachricht, ein Medium: Generische Medialität, Städtische Architektonik (Birkhäuser, 2014) and co-author with Ludger Hovestadt and Sebastian Michael of A Genius Planet (Birkhäuser 2017). She co-edited a special volume of Minnesota Review together with Iris van der Tuin and Felicity Colman on Genealogies of New Materialism (Duke UP, 2017), as well as the Metalithikum Books (all Birkhäuser, together with Ludger Hovestadt): Printed Physics, ( 2012), Domesticating Symbols (2014), Coding as Literacy (2015), Symbolizing Existence (2016). Among her publications are also Sheaves, When Things Are Whatever Can be the Case (Birkhäuser, 2014), A Quantum City (Birkhäuser 2015).

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Architectonics &amp; Law, Colloquy # 1 (30. Nov.- 4. Dec. 2018)
3:00 PM15:00

Architectonics & Law, Colloquy # 1 (30. Nov.- 4. Dec. 2018)

“Do not be troubled by the fact that languages [the “Builder’s Language” and [the extended “Builder’s Language”] consist only of orders. If you want to say that this shows them to be incomplete, ask yourself whether our language is complete;—whether it was so before the symbolism of chemistry and the notation of the infinitesimal calculus were incorporated in it; for these are, so to speak, suburbs of our language. (And how many houses or streets does it take before a town begins to be a town?) Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.”

[Ludwig Wittgenstein, PI §18]

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«Character im Regulären: Zum Verhältnis von Generalisierung und Abstraktion»

Generalisierungen und Abstraktionen spielen eine wesentliche Rolle im Recht wie in der Architektonik; Satzung, Gesetz, Artikel, Codifizierung, Kanoisierung, Regel sind zentrale Begriffe in beiden Bereichen. Selten werden diese Konzepte und ihre Funktion selbst thematisiert, obwohl in nahezu jeder Reflexion eine zentrale Rolle spielen.

Dieses Kolloquium eröffnet einen Dialog zum Verhältnis von Abstraktion und Generalisierung zwischen dem Departement für Strafrecht der Universität Fribourg und der Abteilung für Architekturtheorie und Technikphilosophie der TU Wien. Im Zentrum des gemeinsamen Interesses steht das Verhältnis zwischen Generalisierung und Abstraktion, und wie sich dieses Verhältnis als so etwas wie ein "Charakter" im Regulären ausprägt. Dieses Interesse erschliesst sich rechtswissenschaftlicher Perspektive aus der Bedeutung von "Gerechtigkeit" im konkreten Entscheid, und aus architektonischer Perspektive aus der Bedeutung von "Adäquatheit" von Architekturen. Gestellt werden unter anderem Fragen wie jene nach der prinzipiellen Möglichkeit zur "Anwendung/ Applikation" von Recht, der prinzipiellen Möglichkeit von Subsumption von konkretem "Rechtsprechen" unter einem kohärenten Rechtsbegriff, nach der Natur einer Regel oder der Konstruierbarkeit einer solchen Natur von Regeln. Zentral wird dabei zu erörtern sein, wie beim Formulieren von Regularität mathematisches Denken und sprachliches Begreifen zusammenspielen.

Die Veranstaltung wird in Englischer Sprache abgehalten.


«Character within Regularity: On the Relations between Generalisation and Abstraction»

Generalisation and abstraction play key roles in law as well as in any architectonics; Sentences, laws, articles, articulation, codification, canonisation, rule are central concepts in both domains. Only rarely are these concepts and their functions the explicit focus of interest, despite the fact that they find application in any kind of reflection.

This colloquy opens up a dialogue on the relations between abstraction and generalisation between the Department for Criminal Law, Fribourg University Switzerland, and the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at Vienna University of Technology. In the centre of our shared interest stand the relationships between generalisation and abstraction, and how these relationships unlock something like "character" within regularity. This interests results on the side of law from the meaning of "justice" in concrete decisions, and from the architectonic side from the meaning of "adequacy" of concrete architectures. We will ask questions such as that of the principle possibility of "applying" law, or the principle possibility of subsuming concrete jurisdiction under a coherent concept of law, or that of the nature of rules or the constructibility of such a nature of rules. Of central interest will be how mathematical thinking and language concepts play together in any formulation of regularity.

The course language will be English.


Blumenberg, Hans/Schmitt, Carl: Briefwechsel 1971 – 1978 mit weiteren Materialien. Herausgegeben und mit einem Nachwort von Alexander Schmitz und Marcel Lepper, Suhrkamp 1997.

Peter Baehr (Ed.), "Debating Totalitarianism: An Exchange of letters between Hannah Arendt and Eric Voegelin", History and Theory 51 (October 2012), 364-380, Wesleyan University 2012.

Eric Voegelin, "Equivalents of Experience and Symbolization" from: Published Essays: 1966-1985, Collected Works of Eric Voegelin 12, Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

Cacciari, Massimo, "The Problem of Political Theology" and "The Age of Epimetheus" form The Withholding Power: An Essay on Political Theology, Bloomsbury, London 2018 (2014). (p. 1-10 and 109-118).

// Eine umfassendere Lektüreliste mit Hintergrundliteratur wird dieser Pflichtlektüre zur Seite gestellt. //


ATTP TU Vienna, Austria: Prof. Vera Bühlmann, Riccardo Matteo Villa (scientific assistant and PHD candidate)

Fribourg University, Switzerland: Prof. Marcel Alexander Niggli, Louis Muskens (lecturer), Stefanie Bernet (scientific assistant)

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How can we find a novel understanding of human intellectuality in co-existence with artificial intelligence? The Sophistication Conferencesare dedicated to a basic kind of literacy in how to think about coding in the terms of a geometry of spectra and communication. At the core of such a literacy is a different relationality of time, nature, subject, and object. Our interest is in a philosophy of the transcendental objective, at whose core resides the question of »how to embrace what presents itself as an obstacle« rather than how to make it »go away«. We see in such a »digital gnomonics« a powerful framework for addressing computational modeling, machine learning and algorithmic reasoning in a manner that does not stage an antagonistic competition between human and artificial intelligence. 

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The Sophistication Conferences are organized once a year at the Technical University Vienna, as a cooperation between the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP and the laboratory for applied virtuality at the chair for CAAD ETH Zurich, where we invite distinguished as well as young scholars from different fields to think about how such »architectonic intellectuality« affects our relations to the world at large – our institutions, as well as our ordinary daily lives.

The documentation of the past conferences are published on our YouTube channel ATTP TU VIENNA

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Watch the videos of the conference HERE

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ATT Architekturtheorietage in Wien / NOV. 1-3 2018
to Nov 3

ATT Architekturtheorietage in Wien / NOV. 1-3 2018

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3. Vernetzungstreffen der deutschsprachigen Lehrstühle für Architekturtheorie
1. bis 3. November 2018 an der Technischen Universität Wien  

Im Anschluß an die erfolgreichen ArchitekturTheorieTage in Graz (2016) und Hannover (2017) wollen wir bei diesem Treffen die Wichtigkeit des Faches, und die Organisation zur Förderung dieser Wichtigkeit zum Thema zu machen: Wir schlagen für dieses nächste Treffen vor, ein experimentelles Format auszuprobieren das uns je einzeln wie auch gemeinsam Argumente zur Hand gibt, um unser Fach in der Wahrnehmung von Studierenden, KollegInnen, Forschungsförderung zu stärken. 

Dieses Format schlägt ein Rollenspiel vor: wir möchten Euch alle einladen, unser nächstes Treffen in Wien Anfang November 2018 in der philosophisch/literarischen Symposion/Gastmahl-Tradition zu begreifen, bei dem wir uns, mit unseren je unterschiedlichen Interessen und Anliegen, alle als „Freunde der Architektur“ treffen und das was uns begeistert/was wir wichtig finden, als Beiträge in der Form von 15-minütigen rhetorischen Reden (Oratorien) mitbringen. Damit würden wir nicht nur von der Wichtigkeit der Architektur sprechen, sondern auch jene der Architekturtheorie demonstrieren (da wir der Architektur gegenüber nicht sprachlos sind sondern von ihr auf unterschiedlichste Weise präzise, informativ, kritisch und mit einem Anliegen, bewahrend wie modernisierend, zu reden wissen).

Das Ziel dieses experimentellen Formats ist es, dass wir alle mit einem Bündel von starken und durchdachten Artikulationen von für die Architektur allgemein relevanten Themen, von herausfordernden und präzisierenden Formulierungen, von gewichtigen und auch tendenziösen Argumenten nach Hause gehen – mit besserem Verständnis des gemeinsamen Kräftefeldes in dem wir unser Fach vertreten.



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Achim Hahn, Technische Universität Dresden
Christoph Grafe, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Gernot Weckherlin, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
Jasper Cepl, Hochschule Anhalt
Karl R. Kegler, Hochschule München
Daniel Gethmann, Technische Universität Graz
Sophia Walk, Technische Universität Graz
Maarten Delbeke, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Anselm Wagner, Technische Universität Graz
Susanne Hauser, Universität der Künste Berlin (provisorisch)
Christian Kühn, Technische Universität Wien(provisorisch)
Matthias Boeckl, Die Angewandte Wien (provisorisch)
Vera Bühlmann, Technische Universität Wien
Oliver Schürer, Technische Universität Wien
Mark Balzar, Die Angewandte, Wien


Donnerstag, 1. November: Abendprogramm
Freitrag, 2. November: Tagesprogramm und Abendessen
Samstag, 3. November: Vormittag, Gemeinsame Diskussion und Pläne, anschliessend Wien Exkursion

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Gregg Lambert: What is a Dispositif?

"What is a Dispositif?"

Dispositif Theory and the Philosophy of Technics

Blockseminar with Guest Professor Gregg Lambert
Sept. 18th- 28th 2018
2-5 pm (mo-fr)

Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Saline de Chaux (1804)

Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Saline de Chaux (1804)

Gregg Lambert is Dean’s Professor of Humanities, Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor Founding Director, Humanities Center, Syracuse University, U.S.A. For CV and publications, see, as well as his page on

First meeting: 18th of September 2018
14:00 – 17:00
at ATTP seminar space 

To register, please write an Email to: by September 14th, in addition to signing up on TISS

Download the pdf leaflet here.

“What is a Dispositif?”
Dispositif Theory and the Philosophy of Technics

This seminar will study the genealogy of the concept of dispositif (mechanism, conceptual device) in the biopolitical philosophy of Michel Foucault. Following the influence of biologist and historian Georges Canguilhem, beginning in works and lectures of 1975, Foucault employs this term specifically to avoid three other dominant terms in the history of political philosophy: organism, machine, and structure. The uniqueness of Foucault’s approach to the nature of power is that he combines both biological and technical forms in explaining its evolutionary path, which becomes more multiple and dispersed throughout modern societies, and which differentiates its concept from the idea of mechanism that belongs to modern science after Descartes. Thus, the major result of Cartesianism was “to rationalize” the idea of mechanism as a knowledge that is particular to the human species, and not as a biological capacity that is found to be present in most living organisms. In turn, this was responsible for anthropomorphizing the relation between machine and organism, introducing a fundamental dehiscence between these forms, one that continues to be played out today in determining the relations between humans, animals, and cybernetic (or digitalized) creatures.

In addition to the major works and lectures of Foucault that appear between 1975-1979, from the first volume of The History of Sexuality to the lecture course on The Birth of Biopolitics, in this seminar we will also examine the critical reception of Foucault’s description of power and its biopolitical dispositifs in other thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, and Roberto Esposito.

Each three-hour seminar will consist of lecture presentation, in the first hour, followed by close examination and discussion of the assigned readings. The Seminar will be taught in English. Seminar papers written in German will also be accepted.


Agamben, Giorgio  (2009)  What  is an  Apparatus?  Palo Alto: Stanford  University  Press. 

Althusser, Louis(2001)  Lenin  and  Philosophy and  Other  Essays. New York:  Monthly  Review Press. 

Campbell, Timothy(2006) “Bios, Immunity, Life: The Thought of Roberto Esposito, diacritics36.2: 2–22.

Canguilhem, Georges  (2008),  Knowledge  of  Life,  ed. Paola  Marrati  and Todd  Meyers.  New York: Fordham. 

Deleuze, Gilles  (1992)  “What is  a  dispositif?” in Armstrong, Timothy,  ed.  Michel Foucault  Philosopher. New York:  Routledge. 

__________ (2006) Two Regimes  of  Madness: Texts  and  Interviews 1975-1995.  New York:  Semiotexte.  

__________  (1995) “Postscript  on  Control Society,”  Negotiations.  New York:  Columbia University  Press, 177-182. 

Deleuze, Gilles, and Felix Guattari  (1987)  A Thousand Plateaus,trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 

Esposito, Roberto(2015) Two: The Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought. Fordham UP. 

Foucault, Michel(1976)  L’Histoire de la sexualité. Vol I: La Volonté  de  savoir Paris:  Gallimard. 

___________  (1977) Discipline  and Punish:  The  Birth of  the  Prison.  New York: Vintage Books. 

___________  (1980a) The  History of  Sexuality,  Vol. 1:  An Introduction.New York: Vintage Books. __________  (1980b)  Power/Knowledge:  Selected Interviews  and  Other Writings,  1972-1977,  ed.  C. Gordon.  New York:  Pantheon Books. 

___________  (1994a) Dits et écrits,  vol. 4.  Paris:  Éditions Gallimard. 

___________  (1994b) Ethics:  Subjectivity and  Truth.,  Vol  1.  Ed. Paul Rabinow.  New York: The New Press. 

___________  (2003) “Society  must be  defended”:  Lectures at  the  College of  France  1975-1976,  ed.  Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 ___________ (2004a)  Abnormal:  Lectures  at the  College  of France  1975-1976,  ed. Mauro Bertani  and Alessandro Fontana. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

___________  (2004b) Sécurité, territoire, population: Cours au Collège de France,  1977-1978.  Paris: Gallimard/Seuil. 

__________  (2007) Security, Territory, Population:  Lectures  at the  College  of France,  1977-1978,  ed. Michael Senellart.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan. 

__________  (2008) The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College of France, 1978-1979,ed.  Michael Senellart, Francois Ewald and Alessandro Fontana (Basingstoke: Palgrave  Macmillan).   

Lambert, Gregg(2018) “Biopower and Biopolitics” Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary Criticism and Theory. 

Pasquinelli, Matteo(2015)  “What  an Apparatus  is  Not: On  the  Archeology of  the  Norm in  Foucault, Canguilhem,  and Goldstein,”Parrehesia, no. 22,  79-89. 

Cary Wolfe(2018) “Posthumanism Thinks the Political:  A Genealogy for Foucault’s Birth of Biopolitics.”  Journal of Posthuman Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017, 117-135.

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Digital Gnomonics Workshop Vienna (July 8 - 14, 2018)

Vienna University of Technology TU Wien
Prechtlsaal, Main Building
(daily 9.30 am to 7 pm)

With these workshops we want to engage with the vibrant and intriguing questions of architecture in the world of data. During these weeks of intensive exchange, we will immerse ourselves into abstract thinking, coding as literacy, and digital citizenship in architecture. Do you think that digital architecture has reached a point of saturation? Are you interested in stepping beyond the current discourses around digitality today? We believe that digital technologies, behaviours and environments have a far greater potential than their current articulations suggest. Let us think of coding as a new literacy!

Get in touch if you are interested!

Co-organized by:

Ludger Hovestadt, architect and computer scientist, professor for CAAD at ETH Zurich.
Vera Bühlmann, philosopher and media theorist, professor for architecture theory at TU Vienna.
Elias Zafiris, quantum physicist and mathematician, professor at Eötvös University, Budapest.

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7:30 PM19:30

Summer Finals & Meta-Architektur

End of semester celebrations

18:00 (Seminar-room ATTP)
– Introduction to the upcoming (WS19/20) and reinvented Module ‘Meta-Architektur’
– Presentation of the ‘Catalogue of Mobile Statues’ – the result of this years Design Studio in the Daedalus Observatory

– open end (ATTP courtyard – or inside the department, in case of bad weather)
– Talks, drinks and burgers!

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Meta-Architektur behandelt Architektur als eine medial vermittelte und
sozial verkörperte Praxis. Um ein Projekt zu verwirklichen, müssen ArchitektInnen nicht nur eine große Zahl an EntscheidungsträgerInnen

von Ihren Entwürfen überzeugen, sie müssen auch für sich selbst eine klare Vorstellung der eigenen Ideen und Ambitionen fassen – kodieren – und kommunizieren können. Die Fähigkeit, sich selbst im Diskurs mit einem allgemeinen Publikum zu begreifen und zu profilieren will gelernt sein. Dieses Modul untersucht und übt verschiedene Fertigkeiten und Strategien dazu. Das Modul richtet sich an alle, die mit und in ihrer Architekturpraxis auch öffentlich reden, schreiben, forschen, vermitteln und kritisieren lernen möchten: in Konzeptarbeit, Theoriediskursen, Architekturforschung, Journalismus, Film, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit.


Im Zentrum dieses Moduls steht das Verhältnis
von Architektur und Code. Es geht in allen Veranstaltungen um die Architektur als eine kritische, kommunikative, wie auch erfinderische Praxis: eine Architektin, ein Architekt soll in eigenem Namen die eigene Arbeit signieren können. Dafür gilt es heute mehr denn je, die Formen, Formate und Fertigkeiten in Kommunikation und Vermittlung nicht nur zu kennen und zu verstehen, sondern auch zu ‚können‘. Darin schulen sich die Studierenden in diesem Modul.

Kernfächer: 10 ECTSVO

Die Vorlesung „SHOW“ beschäftigt sich mit Formen und Formaten der öffentlichen Kommunikation von Architektur (Magazinen, Manifesten, Blogs und Web-Auftritten, Radio, Fernsehen, Film). Durch Theorien der Semiotik, Formen der Diskursanalyse und Interaktionsanalyse wird der Zugang zum Thema geschaffen.
Die Vorlesung „TALK“ untersuchen philosophische Theorien zum relevanten Kultur- und Architekturdiskurs, und bezieht dabei Themen u.a. aus der Ökonomie, der Ökologie, Politik, Ethik, Kunst, Pädagogik, Ingenieurs- und Rechtswissenschaften mit ein.
In der VU „SUBSTITUTE“ lernen die Studierenden Grundkenntnisse von Rhetorik und Poetik kennen, und im Umgang mit Bild und Sprache anwenden.
In der Vorlesungsübung „ACT“ sollen die angeeigneten Fertigkeiten der verschiedenen Kurse des Moduls zusammenspielen: hier geht es darum, das Gelernte in eigene Artikulationen zu übersetzen, die einem vom Dozierenden vorgegebenen und angeleiteten thematischen Kontext zuarbeiten.

2h/2 ECTS
Formate: öffentliche Kommunikation

VU 3h/3 ECTS
Literacy: Artikulieren in Wort und Bild

VO 2h/2
Diskurs: aktuelle Themen

VU 3h/3 ECTS
Aufführen: Integrales Zusammenspiel der geübten Fertigkeiten

Wahlfächer: 5 ECTSVO

Die VO „TAME“ beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema Robotics and Architecture. 
Die VO „SCREEN“ beschäftigt sich mit Filmtheorie. 
Die VU „CUT“ beschäftigt sich mit Montage als Theorie und Praxis. 
Die VU „CODE“ beschäftigt sich mit Programmieren und mathematischem Denken für Architekten. 
Die VO „REPORT“ bietet den Studierenden an, vom ATTP organisierte Konferenzen aktiv zu besuchen (mit einem schriftlichen Report).

Human Robotics und Architektur


Literacy in Montage

Literacy in Mathematischem Denken

Besuch der ATTP Sophistication Konferenz, und schriftlicher Bericht

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Coding the World
11:00 AM11:00

Coding the World

Forum Vertigo: Code-Decode the World

The subject of this introductory session to the theme “Coder le monde” (Coding the World) is to draw up an epistemological and historical perspective of relationships that are both fundamental to and dependent on the evolution of techniques; binding code and art, reason and imaginary, symbol and meaning, human and machine.

The first panel, held by Vera Bühlmann, Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Jasia Reichardt, will address Algorithmics, Art, and Society.

Wednesday, June 14th, Centre Pompidou

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5:30 AM05:30

Chambord inachevé – joint proposal by ATTP and studio Pa.LaC.E shortlisted


by Pa.LaC.E (Valle Medina and Ben Reynolds) and ATTP (Vera Bühlmann)

Chambord inachevé is an exhibition organized by The Domaine national de Chambord and Dominique Perrault Architecture. More info here (soon):

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5:00 AM05:00

Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition (EU report, 2018)

How can we think adequately about the relation between knowledge and ethics in societies that are governed by algorithmic digital systems and objects endowed with agency?

An EU Horizon 2020 project

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1:00 PM13:00

H.A.U.S. research on public TV station ORF

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Our research group Humanoids in Architecture and Urban Spaces on the public TV station ORF: Interviews with Oliver Schürer, and with our robot Machina (Model Pepper).

Link to the broadcast at ORF Mediathek (might be valid for 7 days only, till May 6).

Our part starts around 4:40s

Description of the broadcast at ORF website.


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Architecture is Computation / March 20 - 21
to Mar 21

Architecture is Computation / March 20 - 21

  • Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris (map)
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Study Days

with Roberto Bottazzi (UCL Bartlett), Vera Buehlmann (TU Wien), Mollie Claypool-Glass (UCL Bartlett), Ludger Hovestadt (ETH Zürich), Jelle Feringa, Manuel Jiménez García (UCL Bartlett), Anna Longo (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Yves Papegay (INRIA Sophia Antipolis), Gilles Retsin (UCL Bartlett), RYBN, Theodore Spyropoulos (Architectural Association), Inigo Wilkins (Glass Bead)

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It is now clear that architecture, whether it is considered as an intellectual discipline or as a practical activity, will no longer remain the only human property it has been so far. As numerous developments in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Interface Design show on a daily basis, computational machines – abstract or material – do not simply replace humans in low-skilled jobs and activities, but profoundly disrupt the role that humans play in all domains. From industrial production chains to cancer treatment, and from the management of public transport to the translation of natural languages (considered for a long time as a bastion of semantic complexity), nothing seems to escape calculation. In this context, which seems to jeopardize human authority, considering architecture as a computational discipline is no longer a marginal issue. We understand today that computation does not only modify the way we design and make architecture (by the use of software always including more know hows and allowing to automate a number more and more consequent of operations), but also transforms the nature of architectural practice and its possible ends.


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Bartlett International Lecture Series / Vera Bühlmann / MARCH 14
6:30 PM18:30

Bartlett International Lecture Series / Vera Bühlmann / MARCH 14

  • The Christopher Ingold Auditorium (accessed through The Bartlett School of Architecture), (map)
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A Treatise on the Current Condition of Architecture Theory 


"Critique has run out of steam, Bruno Latour recently claimed. This lecture will reformulate Latour’s observation by leaving his thermodynamic paradigm of intellectual work (steam engine) in favour of a quantum physical one. It will consider the condition of critique in the register of exhaustion rather than that of running out of energy.

To exhaust oneself is not quite the same as getting tired.

The lecture proposes a treatise for architecture theory in the age(dness) of computational reason. It takes speaking of an architecture "Big Bang" (Koolhaas) at face value and relates it to how contemporary science at large has changed its character: science no longer identifies its objects in terms of universal forms that are timeless.

Instead, the universe itself is attributed an objectively datable 'nature', such as 4.5 billion years old in the case of the Earth. Time in such dating is counted atomistically, rather than linearly or circularly, and this lecture will ask what such thinking about time entails for architecture and architecture theory.

The guiding question will be: How can we learn to think in the registers of a material notion of universality that is qualified by agedness, and how can the subject of theory relate critically to its own objective conditions (its own temper, its own juvenilia, maturity, and seniority) in doing so?"


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