On nov. 2, 15 pm, Lecture by Prof. Lars Frers,

The reach of perception – Interacting with our surroundings

Guest lecture by Prof. Lars Frers (University of Sorost-Norge) within the course M2 Panorama - Archaeology of the Present. Prof. Lars Frers researches and teaches on the topics of space, materiality and movement with a view to the production of social control and with a focus on visual, multisensory and mobile (qualitative) methods. If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Touch Screen
Touch Screen - Exhibition at Reiff Foyer
  Continua Installation at Reiff Foyer Copyright: © Friedrich

Exhibition: Touch Screen

From May 10 to July 2, the Chair of Artistic Design presented the exhibition Touch Screen in the foyer of the Reiff Museum. The exhibition was designed to be easily viewed from the glass front, Schinkelstraße. Two exhibition installations featured works by first-year students in sculpture from the 2020/21 winter semester.

CONTINUA - across the floor of the foyer a string of 270 sculptures made of corrugated cardboard develops in different directions. Each cardboard object occupies a virtual space of 20x20x60 cm, is not firmly connected to its neighbors, but touches the adjacent objects at geometrically determined points. This creates a modular continuum of singular forms, each designed according to one of six predetermined sculptural themes: Figure/Ground, Form/Counterform, Modularity/Seriality, Threshold Form, Morphing, Linear Space Construct. The individual cells are seen as microcosms within the large-scale structure of the continuum, in which various completed movements, material arrangements, formations, transformations, breakthroughs, etc. develop. It seems as if a continuous flow of energy in each sub-unit takes on new forms according to its own lawful conditions and constantly transforms itself anew as it passes through the continuum. *

PAPER MODEL - The models made of white drawing cardboard are based on selected spatial constellations that the students find in their everyday environment. Often they are not designed room details - a socket next to a beam, a cable duct leading off of it... - such detailed places can often contain exciting, spatial plastic situations and are sometimes not even noticed by us in everyday life. Drawing attention to these details by creating white-abstract models of them is both visualization and re-evaluation. Describing the alternation of space-occupying and space-forming forms in a purposeless way also serves as an exercise in understanding the formation of spaces through forms and in forming one's own criteria for evaluating them.

* (With the kind support of Brohl Wellpappe)

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Reiff Hack: Online platform of action knowledge

By students for students: Reiff Hack is online!

YouTube Channel of the Student Council for Architecture, RWTH Aachen University

Podcasts about manual practices in everyday study life

The Reiff Hack project is a collection of short practical films, so-called life hacks for the study of architecture. They deal with manual practices in everyday study and support in particular the creative development of ideas. The films offer the possibility to profit from the knowledge of others and to provide knowledge for learning by doing as an open source. The offer extends the support of the practically oriented teaching of the workshops as well as practical seminar offers of the faculty and promotes the exchange of information. The podcasts are hosted via the YouTube channel of the Fachschaft für Architektur RWTH Aachen University. The goal is to keep expanding the offering with the help of students (by students for students) so that we can post new videos at regular intervals.

more information

  blach and white fotografie Copyright: © Kersting

Manual action practices in design : a methodological interpretation of Alexander Cozens' 'blot method' as a suggestive interface to the preconscious.

[Book contribution, contribution to a conference volume].
In Artifacts of designing : sketching, drawing, scripting, modeling / Rikke Lyngsø Christensen, Ekkehard Drach, Lidia Gasperoni, Doris Hallama, Anna Hougaard, Ralf Liptau (eds.) ; Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft, 24-49, 2020.

Based on the thesis that planning is also determined by its
tools and methods, the approach presented here focuses,
developed in the context of design theory, focuses on manual
Practices of action in early, searching design phases,
in which guiding questions, directions of thought and interpretations of projects are
interpretations of projects are first identified. These practices
are described as a wordless thinking-with-the-body
and programmatically contrasted with the interpretation and conceptualization in the word.

Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft — Forum Architekturwissenschaft Bd. 4


  blach and white fotografie Copyright: © Kersting

SEDIMENT – Rene Kersting - Exhibition in the Raum Matjö, Köln

Die Abbildung eines Ortes.

A period of time captured in ink on glass. A process, controlled by the place itself. Oppressive heat, bone-chilling cold, suffocating smog, crystal-clear air, burning sunbeams and deepest shadows form, depict the place. An illustration without being pictorial.

Assuming that a place has a soul, it is hidden and yet essential for the sensation of a place. It is perceptible, has influence on the human being, his behavior and his emotion. How does a soul come into being? If it is formed from the place itself, is it stored in it? Can this spiritual tension be transferred to man and object? Can it be conserved, transported and released again?

Matter becomes spirit, spirit becomes matter.

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Petrichor - Exhibition at CIAP Kunstverein Genk

with Félicia Atkinson, Ismaïl Bahri, Sina Hensel, Bárbara Prada und Luca Vanello, curated by Lucie Ménard

Named after the heady scent emanating from the dry soil during the summer rain, Petrichor echoes the evanescent character of the artistic practices included in the exhibition. It is a celebration of micro-phenomena, inviting us to slow down and focus on the almost imperceptible processes that surround us at every given moment. A gesture that might seem simple but holds deep political implications, especially today, in the face of the global slowdown caused by the pandemic. As the world stands still, our relationship to labour and productivity is disrupted. What if this forced stop would become an occasion to unlearn and to become aware anew of what surrounds us?

  Handsketch Copyright: © Schmitz

Video Tutorials: Visual Design

Online teaching has begun: Each week, newly-produced video tutorials will be uploaded to the RWTHmoodle learning platform with content and recommended actions for the Visual Design course. The videos are self-explanatory and serve as a starting point for trying out new techniques and materials. The aim is, on the one hand, to deepen topics already covered in the BIG 1a course and, on the other hand, to encourage students to experiment in new ways.

  Algae in jar Copyright: © K:G

Project funding: Hybrid thinking tools

CURRICULUM 4.0.NRW Designing university curricula for the digital world

The Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the Stifterverband and the Digital University NRW is funding the project Hybrid Thinking Tools - Research-Based Learning at the Interface of Material Experience and Digital Abstraction (HYDE).

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First year of study: drawing excursion to Liège, Antwerp and Brussels

The focus is set on the development of a 'culture of travel'. The excursion not only encourages to get to know cultural diversity (in particular the Euregio area), but also to get familiar with significant as well as less known architecture and architectural ideas. These new experiences are processed visually in a personal sketchbook.


  drawing gasoline station Copyright: © Titze

Drawing Excursion to Armenia: 29.05.2020 - 07.06.2020. Lecturers: Univ.-Prof. Thomas Schmitz, Anja Neuefeind, Sina Hensel

The event format 'On The Road' thematizes a places through travel. Excursions lead us away from the familiar to new experiences. The unambiguity of the situation of a 'drawing excursion' creates an atmosphere, for those involved in such an undertaking, that 'inspires' everyone.


  digital sketch: power drill, digital pen and tablet. L.Ostgathe 2018 Copyright: © Newenemy

Lecture: Bugs, glitches and other unpredictabilities. Anja Neuefeind.

Anja Neuefeind: 'Bugs, glitches and other unpredictabilities. Resistance of digital drawing tools and their aesthetic potential'. Conference: "Hacking the Computable. On the aesthetic critique of digital rationality" 16.01.2020 - 18.01.2020

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Lecture: Modeling movements, noting space. Dominik Mohs.

In January 2020 Dominik Mohs gave a lecture on "Modeling movements, noting space". In addition to his theoretical approach and anthropologically based spatial concept, he will provide insight into his analysis of artistic practices. With the help of motion capture processes and collaboration with dancers, he conducts movement studies in architectural spaces. All students are cordially invited.

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Lecture: Designing as memories. Univ.-Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz

The online magazine archimaera celebrates its relaunch and its new issue “atmospheres” at the UAA with a lecture by Thomas H. Schmitz on the subject of “designing as memories”.
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. at the UAA Ungers Archive for Architectural Studies. Cologne.