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DeCodingSpaces Toolbox for Grassopper release
Computational toolbox for architectural and urban planning
 
 
DeCodingSpaces Toolbox for Grasshopper is a collection of analytical and generative components for algorithmic architectural and urban planning. The toolbox is free software released by the Computational Planning Group (CPlan) and is a result of long term collaboration between academic institutions and praxis partners across the globe with the common goal to increase the efficiency and quality of architecture and urban planning.
 

 
Book Publication -  "The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications"
It explores the merging relationship between physical and virtual spaces in planning and urban design. Technological advances such as smart sensors, interactive screens, locative media and evolving computation software have impacted the ways in which people experience, explore, interact with and create these complex spaces. This book draws together a broad range of interdisciplinary researchers in areas such as architecture, urban design, spatial planning, geoinformation science, computer science and psychology to introduce the theories, models, opportunities and uncertainties involved in the interplay between virtual and physical spaces. Using a wide range of international contributors, from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Japan, it provides a framework for assessing how digital technology alters data collection, analysis and our perception of physical space.

Dr.phil. Saskia Kuliga is a researcher and environmental psychologist at the chair of information science in architecture (InfAR) at Bauhaus University Weimar. She contributed Chapter 5 "From Real to Virtual and Back - A multi-method approach for investigating the impact of urban morphology on human spatial experiences". This chapter describes research that is conducted together with Martin Bielik, Sven Schneider, Dirk Donath, and Reinhard König at InfAR; in collaboration with Danielle Griego, Varun Ohja, and Gerhard Schmitt from ETH Zürich. Within her Bauhaus PostDoc Scholarship 2017, Saskia Kuliga investigates how virtual reality simulation can support and supplement user-centred architectural planning and the early evaluation of human-environment interactions.
 

 
InfAR rounds project with Deutsche Bahn - User-centred pre-occupancy evaluation
or: How can virtual reality simulation support user-centred building evaluation?

In collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, René Weiser and Bogdan Shevchenko sought to answer this question in a free semester project that was supervised by the chair of information science (InfAR, Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider and Dr. Saskia Kuliga).
Using Heidelberg station as case study in InfAR's virtual reality laboratory, the two students systematically varied the position of an “information point”, where travellers can acquire information about trains and locations on the station. Preliminary results showed that study participants appreciated an updated design of the original information desk (which was located centrally in the station and clearly visible from the main entrance hall) more than the locations of the two other information points (which were less visible). Virtual reality simulations hold much potential for examining buildings prior to occupancy (pre-occupancy evaluation), rather than when the building is already constructed (post-occupancy evaluation).

Students who are interested in a bachelor/master thesis or a free semester project that includes virtual reality simulations for user-centred building evaluation and design are invited to contact Sven Schneider or Saskia Kuliga at InfAR.
 


Book Publication - Interdisciplinary methods for user-centred building evaluation
The book Take One Building – Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives of the Seattle Central Library (eds. Prof. Christoph Hölscher & Prof. Ruth Conroy Dalton, 2017) highlights interdisciplinary methods for building evaluation, using the Seattle Central Library (Rem Koolhaas OMA/LMN, 2004) as case study. The contributions from internationally renowned researchers of the fields of architecture, architectural criticism, phenomenology, sociology, environmental psychology, and cognitive science illustrate the design process, user-centred spatial analyses, and studies of patron’s behaviour, decision-making and experience in the library.
One of our team members, Saskia Kuliga, contributed chapters 8 („Emotional Responses to locations in the Seattle Central Library“) and 10 (“Using social media to gather users’ feedback of the Seattle Central Library”). With the Bauhaus Post-doc Scholarship 2017, Saskia investigates how methods from human-computer interaction and virtual reality simulation supplement user-centred planning and the early evaluation of human-environment interactions. Students can get the book at the university’s library: Np 3100/40.
 


Phase II for Research Project Application "In³ - Integrated Infrastructure"

 

The proposal for the funding of the international research project "Integrated Infrastructure" has passed the application phase I
 
Integrated Infrastructure (IN³) is an international and interdisciplinary research and teaching project at the Emerging City Lab Addis Ababa (ECL) between the Ethiopia Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) and the Bauhaus University Weimar (BUW)
 
The project develops an integrated planning strategy (IPS) for emerging cities in Ethiopia. Thereby urban infrastructure, urban design and building technology are connected via a digital parametric planning platform to support participatory creation of small towns.
 
The project encourages interested PhD candidates to join with accompanying themes.

Further Information can be found soon at: http://infar.architektur.uni-weimar.de/service/drupal-infar/In3

 


 

"Syn City - Parametric Masterplanning for emerging cities" - InfAR design studio SoSe 2016

Rapides Bevölkerungswachstum und Landflucht erzeugen heute in Entwicklungsländern einen enormen Druck auf die Planung von Städten. In kürzester Zeit müssen neue Quartiere und ganze Siedlungen entstehen. Diese müssen nicht nur dem gegenwärtigen Grundbedürfnis nach einem Dach über dem Kopf gerecht werden, sondern auch in der Lage sein, langfristig eine hohe Lebensqualität zu sichern. Der räumlichen Konfiguration von Straßen, Plätzen und Gebäuden ist hierbei besondere Berücksichtigung beizumessen, da diese über lange Zeiträume besteht und großen Einfluss auf die Wahrnehmung und das Verhalten der Stadtnutzer hat.

 

Read more: http://infar.architektur.uni-weimar.de/service/drupal-infar/node/831

Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BUW.InfAR/

 


 

NOMINATION: InfAR students shortlisted for waaward

The resilient approach of the INFRASTRUCTURE WALL by Loïc Bernet, Franziska Berthold and Athina Stefani convinced the Jury of the wettbewerbe aktuell student award  „wovon wir träumen“. The Winners of the 10 finalists will be announced in Frankfurt at the „light and building“ fair on march 14 2016.

 As the starting point of an upgrading project in an informal neighbourhood of Addis Ababa the students proposed an urban-framing wall, which holds all the necessary infrastructure and serves as the backbone of self-made buildings.

 The highly robust, incremental and user-led flexible approach encourages diversity and differentiation in housing by promoting traditional architecture and local materials and manufacturing. At the same time it allows the local municipalities to sympathetically control and participate in the rapid urban expansion of Ethiopias capital.


LECTURE: Urban Analyses for tall builings, 20.01.2016 at 18:00

The InfAR Lecture Series presents today, 18:00 - 19:00 in Room 105 (Main Building):
Klara Czynska, PhD architect, Pawel Rubinowicz, PhD architect, Adam Zwoliński, PhD architect,  from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin with three short presentations about:

- APPLICATION OF 3D ISOVISTS – VISUAL IMPACT SIZE METHOD
- PROTECTION OF CITY LANDSCAPE VALUES – VISUAL PROTECTION SURFACE METHOD
- TALL BUILDINGS AND ADJACENT PUBLIC SPACES – 3D NEGATIVES AND SHADING ANALYSIS

 


REFUGERMANY! Arriving Architecture

Due to military conflicts and human catastrophies 60 million people are on the run, which is the highest number of migration since World War II.
Germany, led by its worshipped chancellor „Mama Merkel“, is the most desirable destination for most of the migrants heading to European countries. A seemingly unstoppable influx will lead 1 million refugees into Germany by the end of this year. Despite of a strong welcoming culture and a productive helpfullness within local societies, future-orientated strategies on all social, economic but strongly urban levels must be developed as soon as possible.
The seminar calls for conceptual strategies to meet the demand of integrating spaces, cultural demands and social involvement for the recently arrived. The goal will not be a temporary sheltering, but a shared long-lasting diametral social insertion of living habits and traditions between the new and the settled.

Teaching staff Housing Chair:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Donath
Chairholder Imam Mohamood
MA Yohana Eyob
MA Metadel Sileshi

Teaching staff InfAR:
Dipl. Ing. Lukas Veltruský

Location: EiABC, Addis Ababa


KICK-OFF LECTURE by DR. H. SCHROEDER

 The seminar EINFACH.BAUEN will start with a fascinating lecture by Dr. Schroeder, former Bauhaus Professor and founder of Dachverband Lehm e.V.. He is one of the strongest promoters of the culture of building with earth and has published several books about earth architecture.

more about the seminar: http://infar.architektur.uni-weimar.de/service/drupal-infar/node/841

 

 

 

 

 

 

    


Bachelor thesis defense: Automated Urban Network Analysis and Visualization - Accessibility Measures and Residential Quality in Sustainable Planning

The InfAR chair and Ba. candidate Lukas Utzig would like to invite everyone to the final defense of Bachelor thesis concerned with the topic Evidence based planning, Urban Accessibility Analysis and Visualisation.

 


Möbius Pavilion | Digitaler Holzbau Seminar 2015
Opening of the Pavilion on Thursday, 09.07.2015 at 19:30. behind the Main building of Architecture and Urbanism faculty (Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8)

Build with the support of Georg Ackermann GmbH and Hess Timber
Special thanks go to the collegues:
Christian Hanke, Timo Richert, Christin Heidenreich and Patrik Bösch for their valuable support


Final Review Master Design Studio "ADAPTABLE STRUCTURES IN EMERGING COUNTRIES - BUILDING BAHAR DAR"

 

Tuesday, July 7 / 12:00 / Oberlichtsaal, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Emerging countries in Asia, South America and Africa are facing the same phenomenon: a rural exodus leading to a rapidly growing urbanization and a sharp rise of informal settlements. The municipalities and planners of those new Megacities are meeting extreme challenges - but also gigantic opportunities. Which soft (governance, economic, cultural, social) and hard (transport, energy, water, waste, communication, green) infrastructure is indispensable to cover the basic needs of living and working in the beginning of the 21st century? How much can architectural systems and sustainable constructions tangibly improve and prime both urban planning and structural design? Which are the adequate infrastructural and building systems and materials to construct a sustainable city and interrelate with its complexities?
 

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Bauhaus at BauNetz | Wohnexperimente in Addis Abeba

"Weimar trifft Addis Abeba: Im Oktober 2014 wurde das Team von Dirk Donath für das Projekt „Incremental Construction“ mit dem Bronze-Preis der Holcim Awards 2014 ausgezeichnet. Jetzt konnte die internationale Gruppe aus Studenten der Bauhaus Universität Weimar, des äthiopischen Architekturinstituts EiABC und der ETH Zürich drei innovative Wohnprototypen in der äthiopischen Hauptstadt Addis Abeba verwirklichen."

(Daniel Felgendreher, BauNetz) zum BauNetz Artikel...

Weitere Informationen zu den Projekten

 


Master thesis defense: Bauhaus Institute Addis Ababa

The InfAR chair and M.Sc. candidate Ferdinand Bauer would like to invite everyone who is interested in the re-interpretation of “Bauhaus” as school, institution and mindset in the context of Ethiopia for the final defense of Master thesis concerned with this topic

Date: 02.06.2015; 13:30
Place: Oberlichtsaal, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8


 

5. Kernmodul "Adaptable Structures in emerging Countries - Building Bahir Dar" | SoSe 2015
Einschreibung: ab 02.03.2015 am Sekretariat InfAR

Auf den bestehenden Städten von Äthiopien liegt ein enormer Druck: täglich ziehen sehr viele Menschen vom Land in die Städte, besonders nach Addis Ababa. Und – sie bleiben dort. Der Entwurf soll Alternativen aufzeigen, wie sich urbane Entwicklungen auf dem Land bzw. an den Verkehrsadern des Landes auf Basis von alternativen Wohnformen gestalten können. Die offenen, flexiblen und robusten bautechnischen Lösungen spielen dabei eine entscheidende Rolle: sie sollen zunächst das temporäre Wohnen, dann einfache Veränderungen und später den Ausbau zu dauerhaften Bauten ermöglichen.

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Final Review Master Design Studio ADAPTABLE STRUCTURES IN EMERGING COUNTRIES
Thursday, Feb 12 / 10:00 

The semester design studio found its final destination in a bright and inspiring presentation performed by 15 students. The project´s wide area of strategies ranging from urban scale up to building systems and details brought all the complexity into foucus that emerging countries are facing now and in the near future. Followed by a mind-opening discussion with the members of the international jury the basics of the next semester´s research field were set:

 

Ethiopian cities are pressurized by the daily arriving inhabitants from their surrounding hinterlands. Focusing on the enablement of rural economic and cultural participation based on building methods will lead the student´s attention out of the megacities into Ethiopia´s countryside.
 


LECTURE SERIES by Hanno Stehling (designtoproduction) and Florian Scheible (KnippersHelbig)

Hanno Stehling: Thursday, Jan 15 / 19:00 / Oberlichtsaal
Florian Scheible: Friday, Jan 16 / 15:00 / Oberlichtsaal


 

MACU on the way | After 6 hours of construction
MACU (Mobile automated contemporary Unit) as the third experimental house designed and realized as part of the "Welcome to Africa" project

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 Holcim Awards 2014 for Africa + Middle east : Bronze for the SICU Project


SICU project website:
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Baunetz report: Read more


 

Application Call - Design Studio "Adaptable Structures for emerging Countries" | WS 14/15

"500 Housing Units for Addis Ababa"

The studio focuses on the development of innovative urban and housing typologies for residential district of Addis Ababa. The Project takes place parallel to Design Studio offered by the ETH Zürich, Chair Architecture and Construction (Prof. Dirk E. Hebel): “The city administration of Ethiopia’s capital commissioned the chair with this task. Already in 2015, these units for no- and low-income families, which are being displaced due to on-going redevelopment strategies, shall be constructed within the inner-city context based on the students’ design proposals.

 

The integral part of this project, following the tradition of previous projects is the excursion to Addis Ababa and 1:1 construction of housing prototype. The excursion is scheduled on 19.10. - 26.10.2014 and will be financially supprted by "Welcome to Africa" project funded by BMBF.

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"Welcome to Africa" Workshop at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (05.07. -15.07.2014)

In context of “Welcome to Africa” project hosted the Bauhuas-Universität Weimar in collaboration with the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development and the University of Juba the intensive Workshop and Scientific Symposium. The discussed topics covered the whole range from development of construction details, experimental housing units to urban infrastructure.

Results of this successful collaboration were exhibited at the annual exhibition “Bauhaus Summaery 2014”

 

 


 

Vortrag "Bauen in Afrika" studentische Projekte am Fachgebiet Holzbau der TU München

Am Donnerstag den 05.06.2014 findet im Rahmen des Semesterentwurfs "MACU Bauen am Horn von Africa" der Vortrag von Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Krötsch zu realisierten studentischen Projekten der TU München in Afrika statt.

Zeit: 05.06.2014 10:00-11:00

Ort: Computer Pool Belvederer Allee 1a


MACU Workshop at EiABC Campus Addis Ababa

Scientists and students from the Bauhaus University meet the with the EIABC professionals and students from Addis Ababa for a collaborative workshop to produce the first fully CNC fabricated building in Ethiopia. 

 

 

As a continuation of the experimental Prototypes (2012 SECU, 2013 SICU) build by international teams from EiABC and Bauhaus University there will be a workshop from 9th to 15th of may bringing 16 students and project members from both sides together at EIABC to work on the third house: MACU (Mobile automated contemporary Unit).


Bauhaus AA – Institut für experimentelles Bauen (Bachelor- oder Masterthesis)

Anmeldung: bis 18.04.2014

Die Bauhaus Universität plant die Gründung eines Institutes für experimentelles Bauen als Niederlassung in Afrika. Zusammen mit dem Institut für Architektur, Baukonstruktion und Stadtplanung EiABC (http://eiabc.edu.et/) und im Rahmen des Aufbaues einer „pan african university“  wird die Fakultät Architektur aktuelle Technologien, Designkonzepte und Planungsmethoden in und für Afrika vor Ort entwickeln.

 

Weitere lnformationen


 

"Informal Architecture" Exhibition and Conference, Goethe Institut Addis Ababa
Exhibition Opening: 18.02.2014 at 6:30pm (Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa)

In cooperation with Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the EiABC the Goethe-Institut shows an exhibition about informal architecture in Addis Ababa.

Accompanying the exhibition "Informal Architecture" the Goethe-Institut is hosting the conference “Informal Addis”.The conference will present lectures and open discussions by international and local professionals with a focus on the changing DNA of Addis Ababa.

 


 

Build at the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia | Master Entwurf SoSe14

 1:5 to 1:1 Experimental wood construction for efficient housing in Africa
Parallel to the offered design class „Observatorium am Horn“ which is considered to be the base camp of a series of experimental prototype buildings the participants will design a satellite prototype at the Horn of Africa.
The prototype will use advanced digital fabrication Methods such as CNC Milling and Laser cutting in cooperation with local Partners in Addis Ababa and a parallel partner class will be taking place at the EiABC University in Addis Ababa.


 

BAUHAUS - EIABC KOOPERATION BAUTE EXPERIMENTELLEN PROTOTYP SICU IN 10 TAGEN
Internationaler Workshop mit Architekten und Studenten aus drei Ländern am 28. SEPT. 2013 beendet

Im Rahmen des „Welcome to Afrika“ Projektes wurde ein weiteres Gebäude für die verdichtete Wohnbebauung in den Slums von Addis Abeba – Äthiopien fertiggestellt.
Drei studentische Teams des Partnerinstitutes EiABC / Äthiopien, der University of Juba / Süd Sudan und von der Bauhaus Universität haben ein zweigeschossiges Gebäude aus Fertigteilen vor Ort in nur neun Tagen errichtet.


Vertreter des Projektteams             Studenten team                        am dritten Tag                  am neunten Tag

Unter großer Anteilnahme der Nachbarschaft und der Politiker des Landes wurde der Bau „termingerecht“ an die Bewohner am 28.9. 2013 übergeben.
Voran ging ein Semester-Kurs „Integrated Design Project“ am EiABC unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Donath, wo das Konzept aus vorgefertigten Stahlbetonteilen im Erdgeschoß und Leichtbauholzrahmen im Obergeschoß entwickelt, getestet und hergestellt wurden.
Die vorgeschlagene Lösung zeigt Alternativen zu den staatlichen Wohnbauprojekten in Äthiopien, vor allem unter dem Aspekt des einfachen Bauens unter Beteiligung der späteren Nutzer. Das gemeinsam durchgeführte Projekt wird im kommenden Semester mit der Entwicklung eines weiteren Prototyp fortgeführt, woran auch wieder Wissenschaftler und Studenten der Bauhaus Universität und des EiABC beteiligt sind.
Weitere Informationen und Bilder finden sich auf der Projekt-Webseite
http://eiabc.edu.et/sicu-sustainable-incremental-construction-unit3.html.

 


 

EiABC projects at the architectural exhibition in Munich, Germany, Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014 "AFRITECTURE - Building Social Change"

SUDU and SECU project as a collaboration between Bauhaus Uni-Weimar, EiABC and University of Juba are part of 28 international projects from 10 African countries exhibited at the Architectural Museum in Munich which has been opened on 12th of September.


 

Vertical Addis | Master Entwurf WS13/14


 

Addis Building Generator
Generative planing tool for mas housing in Addis Ababa developed at InfAR, Bauhaus Uni-Weimar and presented at eCAADe conference 2013


Welcome To Africa Workshop
Bauhaus Uni-Weimar 05.07. - 14.05.2013 

We thank all participants of Welcome To Africa Workshop 2013 for their innovative ideas, hard work and new impulses for further collaboration.


3ds Max Workshop von Autodesk

Am Montag den 17.06.2013 bietet Autodesk einen zweiten 3ds Max Grundlagen Workshop an. Vermittelt werden die Grundlagen des Programms vom Modellieren bis zum Rendern, können aber auch individuell konsekutiv vom letzten Kurs mit dem Dozenten abgesprochen werden. Einschreibung in Teilnehmerliste im Sekretariat der Professur InfAR.

Zielgruppe: Architekturstudenten und Interessierte
Ort: allg. Medienpool Belvederer Allee 1a
Termin: 17.06.2013 ab 13:00 (bis ca.17:00)


 

Abschlusspräsentation "Design by Research", Donnerstag, 31.01.2013, 13:00. Die Präsenation findet im VR-Lab der Fakultät Medien statt. Gastjuroren sind Prof. Dr. Christoph Hölscher (Professor of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich) und Prof. Dr. Ruth Conroy-Dalton (Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation, Northumbria University).

Flyer 


Noch freie Plätze: Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 Kurs

 

Die Professur Informatik in der Architektur (InfAR) bietet in Kooperation mit Autodesk für alle interessierte Studenten einen zweitägigen 3ds Max Kurs an (18. und 19.12.2012). Weitere Informationen hier.


Freak2012 Software Prototypes
Die "Freak 2012" Software Prototypen können hier heruntergeladen werden.
 


Die Professur InfAR verteidigt am 04.07.2012 mit einem großartigen internationalen Studententeam den BodeCup!


Vorlesungsfolien Material und Form


Die Ergebnisse des Forschungsprojektes "KREMLAS: Entwicklung einer evolutionären Entwurfsmethode für Layoutprobleme in Architektur und Städtebau" sind ab sofort als Buch sowie als eBook online erhältlich.

 


Bachelor Thesis Verteidigung Jea Woan Son "Aussichtsturm Parkhöhle Weimar"

Termin: Mi: 18.4.2012 11:00 Ort: Arbeitsraum in der Belvederer Allee 1a, 1. OG

 


3D Studio Max Kurs

Die Professur Informatik in der Architektur (InfAR) bietet in Kooperation mit Autodesk für alle interessierte Studenten einen viertägigen 3D Studio Max Kurs an.
Termin: 10. und 11.04.2012 sowie 17. und 18.04.2012 jeweils ca. von 10 – 16 Uhr.
Weitere Informationen hier.

 


Gastvorträge:
“New Complexity” in Architecture
Pawel Rubinowicz, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin
Applying Computation in Design
Michal Piasecki, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies in London
Analysing City Landscape Using Virtual 3D Models
Klara Czynska, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin

Do, 01.12. 2011, 18:00 Uhr, Raum 204 im Hauptgebäude, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8
Begleitend findet eine Ausstellung im 1. OG statt. Weitere Informationen...

 


Gastvortrag: Prof. Dr. Ralf Weber

Was ist guter Raum? - Wahrnehmen und Entwerfen

Mo, 14.11. 2011, 17:00 Uhr, Raum 204 im Hauptgebäude, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8

 


3D Studio Max Kurs

Die Professur Informatik in der Architektur (InfAR) bietet in Kooperation mit Autodesk für alle interessierte Studenten einen zweitägigen 3D Studio Max Kurs an (29. und 30.11.) jeweils von 10 – 16 Uhr. Weitere Informationen hier.

 


Gastvortrag: Dr.-Ing. Gerald Franz

Im Auge des Betrachters - Wirkungs- und verhaltensrelevante Dimensionen architektonischen Raums

Mo, 07.11. 2011, 17:00 Uhr, Raum 204 im Hauptgebäude, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8

 


Ergebnisse der Nachholprüfung CAAD-Planungsgrundlagen im SS 2011

 



Die Professur InfAR gewinnt am 29.06.2011 mit einem großartigen Studententeam den BodeCup!

 



Die Broschüre mit den Ergebnissen des Seminars "Algorithmic Architecture" vom WS09/10 und SS10 ist erschienen. Erhältlich u.a. bei Amazon und BoD.




Der Snoezelen-Raum geht in Produktion! Zum Blog.

 



Ergebnisse des Seminars "Generative Gestaltung in der Architektur".

 



Ergebnisse der Seminare "Bridging the Gap" und "DigitalExhibitionFolding" als Broschüren auf den Kursseiten.

 



Ergebnisse des Entwurfsprojekts "Die Poesie des Digitalen" als Broschüre verfügbar.