Angewandte Architecture Alumni Club

AAAC Newsletter 1 / 2018

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AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: Exhibition of 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Photo: © Birgit und Peter Kainz

AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: Exhibition of 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

The founding of the Imperial Royal School of Arts and Crafts, today’s Angewandte, in the year 1867 is closely tied to industrialization. The introduction and proliferation of industrial-mechanical forms of production and distribution presented a great challenge for society at that time and led to a profound and lasting change in its economic and social structures. Thus, an important requirement for the School of Arts and Crafts was to promote reformed artisanal craftsmanship in a targeted way in order to counteract its demise in the “machine age.”

Today, 150 years later, we are again confronted with similarly massive social challenges and are asking strikingly similar questions. Digitalization, automation, insights in biotechnology and quantum physics are in the process of fundamentally rejiggering our society. Credible studies prophesy that the way we work, how we live together, how we educate ourselves will completely change in the next 30 years…

...In accordance with its founding mission, from the beginning the Angewandte was a place of innovation, of change, and of critical reflection upon one’s own thinking and acting. Through today the Angewandte has considered itself to be a site of free artistic and scientific articulation, a place of frank disputes, and a development lab of artistic visions, which evolve their effect on the society of the future. With its manifold curricular spectrum extending from immersion in special disciplines to transdisciplinary thinking and working, the Angewandte not only links to its own tradition, but proves itself to be a pioneer as regards an understanding of education befitting the 21st century.

by Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Extract of the preface in the magazine „Aesthetics of Change - 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna“, published on the occasion of the Jubilee Exhibition at the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, December 15, 2017 - April 15, 2018

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IoA Biennale Sessions

IoA Biennale Sessions

On the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018, the Institute of Architecture (IoA) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna cordially invites you to join us for two panel discussions

Saturday, May 26, 2018 , 11 am @ Sala F, Central Pavilion, Giardini
Paneldiscussion „Angewandte Visions“ - IoA Alumni talk about their Practice

Nora Graw (HENN), Julia Körner (JK Design), Peter Pichler (Peter Pichler Architecture),
Sille Pihlak (PART), Viki Sandor (Hello Wood), Thomas Vietzke (Vietzke & Borstelmann Architekten)

This year’s first panel discussion presents IoA alumni from the Studios of Zaha Hadid (since 2015 Studio Kazuyo Sejima), Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid and will emphasize their current work and concerns in the ever changing field of architectural theory and production.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 , 3.30 pm @ Sala F, Central Pavilion, Giardini
Paneldiscussion „Non-Ordinary Reality - Beyond the Virtual“

Welcome Address: Gerald Bast, President University of Applied Arts Vienna
Kutan Ayata, Architect Young & Ayata, New York; Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Brian Boigon, Design Theorist, Artist, Writer and Researcher, University of Toronto
Barbara Imhof, Space Architect, Design Researcher, LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna
Agnieszka Kurant, Artist, New York
Sanford Kwinter, Writer, Architectural Theorist, Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Andrew Witt, Assistant Professor in Practice in Architecture at the GSD, co-founder of Certain Measures, Boston, Berlin

In the late '80s and early ‘90s, as the prospects of ‘virtual reality’ surged to the fore in all its confused and often ecstatic perplexity, a phrase came to prominence as a way to explain what visionaries and engineers were seeking to bring into the world to a lay public that had little else than the psychedelic culture of the 1960s through which to understand it (and certainly not a ‘technological’ model):
“Virtual Reality is where you are when you are talking on the telephone.”
Today the diffusion and migration of synthetic and modified ‘realities’ outside the typical modes and places where a single reality is habitually sought and found, has become an almost routine practice. The ecology of our psychic and perceptual universe is arguable severely altered, and often disturbed by it. And yet, this does not mean it is all bad. . . for novel opportunities to escape age-old platitudes of thought and sensation arguably present to the design and activist imagination.
Technologically-mediated realities represent but one of the channels through which the concept of a stable and knowable reality is being reconceived today. Indeed the human senses are undergoing a thorough re-examination and re-construction which has begun to impact many of the assumptions that design has traditionally brought to the world and to the objects of its attention. The fluid assembly of workable images of the world by our nervous systems corresponds to the endlessly transforming and labile universe outside us in which life is played out as an endlessly improvisatory dance. The boundaries and divisions between time and space no longer apply. The desire to limit and to fix simply has no place in our emerging world. Or does it?

Both panels are moderated by: Florian Medicus, Architect, Assistant Professor, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Accompanied by films about the Institute of Architecture
All day presentation of IoA publications.

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