Research Project with Deutsche Bahn launched!

Together with Deutsche Bahn Station & Service we started a collaborative research project on the application of Virtual Reality in the project development phase of train stations. Thereby we will develop methods to systematically evaluate train stations from the perspective of the user and investigate how this evaluation can be integrated into the very early phases of planning.


Final Presentation Student Project "Design by Research"

Evidence Based Strategies for User-Centred Complex Buildings"
01. Februray, 9:00 - 18:00, Digital Bauhaus Lab
Guest Lecture: Dr. Kerstin Sailer (University College London)

Buildings are made for humans. So, the design of buildings requires architects to anticipate how humans will experience and behave in the planned environment. However, this is not an easy task, due to the vast amount of influencing factors on both sides - the physical environment (such as geometry, light, color) - and the human itself (different social backgrounds, expectations, age, etc.). In this student-project we tried to bridge the gap between architectural design and environmental psychology.  Therefore, students learned how to evaluate built environments in terms of human-centred aspects such as wayfinding, social interaction and spatial experience. Second they developed a design strategy that anticipates the ‘human-perspective’ in the creation of spaces. As a case we used the design of a “Center for Academic Exchange”, a multi-functional building for lectures, seminars, conferences, living and working, requiring a careful consideration of different user groups (scientists, students, visitors ) and their interactions. After your building designs were created, they were tested in a Virtual Reality simulation using Oculus Rift. Following a ‘peer evaluation’ (everyone is evaluating the designs of the others), by taking eye-level perspective of a potential building user,  the critics and comments were used to revise the design. In this final presentation the revised designs are presented and reviewed on a multi-user-virtual-reality display.

more information here: http://sustainableurbanism.de/blog/isu-talks-05-future-cities/


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

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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:



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


 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



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?


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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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




 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”


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