Hypnerotomachia Naturae

The term Hypnerotomachia comes from the history of literature. In 1499 an author named Francesco Colonna, whose identity remains mysterious to this day, published a novel entitled “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”. This is a work that deals with a special kind of love dream – rather the struggle for love in a dream. In his dream, the main protagonist Poliphilo follows a path in which magical architecture and nature take on a special meaning.

A mysterious architectural treatise, Hypnerotomachia Polyphili inspired many later architects. Most recently, Alberto Pérez-Gómez published a contemporary variant, Polyphilo, or The Dark Forest Revisited, An Erotic Epiphany of Architecture, in which the forest of the original version was replaced by a high-tech environment.

In the Bachelorstudio 2019/2020, we deal with the dream of nature – whether it is our dream of nature in a world that is nowadays largely determined by humans, or the dream that architects have of designing a new nature, or finally the dreams of nature itself that it wants to realize.

The relationship to nature has a long tradition in architecture, which is reflected in architectural theory not only in many treatises but also in architectural design in general in countless plastic motifs, such as ornamental decorations or the floral decoration of capitals. However, the spectrum extends to all sorts of mythical human and animal figures, such as carariatydes, turtles, snakes, elephants, etc.

In the studio we will deal with this story, but above all we will develop speculative theories for the near future. In this future, not only texts but especially images and multimedia imaging processes (videos, 3D objects, etc.) on the Internet will play an important role. We will discuss different strategies and how to deal with them. The production of images, animations and 3D printed objects plays an equally important role in the studio as the production of images and the writing of texts.

(de)Compressor / Bogdan Casovskij & Valeria Kirejenko

To construct our research, it was decided to give it a form of a diary. To understand it as a wholesome, it needed to be encumbered additionally to traditional architecture Gestaltung with ideas from outside, from culture and science.We choose to work with Henry Carson who was mentioned in our previous studies on “Technobiophilia”.He is […]

Undercover Daydreaming: Playing with Architecture / Stephanie Topf

Disasters and fragments of the Anthropocene will be transformed into some sort of life-action multiplayer ‘game in a box’. The “Anthropogame” should allow a speculative, fictional approach towards a more sustainable future; or our own demise – for the future is as unpredictable as playing a game. 

Paratecture Theory / Leo Schleith

It is hard to define where our current Anthropocene era is thriving, but one must agree that the ongoing problematic of climate change, and exploitations of natural resources can neither lead to a brighter future for mankind nor to a Sci-Fi highly technologically advanced society (as pictured in many utopian, as well as dystopian, stories). […]

Deus Ex Ma(s)china / Chloe Stiefer & Lorenz Foth

lat. Deus ex Machina English ‘god from the machine’) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence.Its function can be to resolve an otherwise irresolvable plot situation, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or […]

Nature’s Revenge: The Aftermath Of Climate Change – The Movie Script / Chloe Stiefer

A spacious, two-floor loft penthouse on the 52nd floor of a skyrise building near the Marina Bay, covered in blue and golden façade panels. The lights of the penthouse are turned off. The living area and the kitchen space are ranging a vast 8-meter ceiling height. A gargantuan chandelier adorned in clear crystals is dangling […]

The Deus ex Ma(s)china series / Lorenz Foth

lat. Deus ex Machina English: ‘god from the machine’ is a term used to describe the event of a seemingly unsolvable conflict being solved abruptly and surprisingly by an unexpected force in a plot. Bringing a surprising effect and e.g. making a happy ending or a comedic moment possible – as suggests Varun Gwalani in […]

Transhuman Territory / Melanie Hofmeister & Maxime Victor

„I still think, that within a few generations it will be possible to transform the substrate of our humanity.“ Nick Bostrom Humans have always striven for something higher. Whether it is overcoming death or attaining a state of omniscience. This ambition has driven humans for thousands of years and has brought many new discoveries and […]

Nachhaltigkeit als Stil / Matthias Schmidt & Christin Schönberger

Within the framework of the design studio, we dealt with the theme of the dream of nature. As a starting point we used the term Hypnerotomachia Naturae, which comes from the novel “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” by the Italian writer Francesco Colonna. At the beginning of the semester we dealt with texts and films about architecture and […]

Nature’s Revenge: The Aftermath Of Climate Change / Chloe Stiefer

The COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of the 22nd decade has led to a global lockdown.With most of the countries across the continents deciding on a quarantine obligation for its citizens, everyday life has changed. Most outdoor activities were not permitted during the spring months in 2020.People were so-to-say forced staying at home, staying indoors. […]

Followings: Form follows sound follows form / Larissa Groß

Juhani Pallasmaa, a finnish architect who has been dealing with perception in and of architecture during his whole career, emphasizes that in contrast to our impression of architecture as a dominantly visual experience, it is actually a multi-sensory one, where in his view seven realms of sensory experience – eye, ear, nose, skin, tongue, skeleton […]

Car:Lessness – A Desire Named No Streetcar / Stephanie Topf & Leo Schleith

“Any I that responds to the Anthropocene—that intercepts the Anthropocene as address— responds to and within a broad, uncomfortable, and for most of the human population frankly unfair we. More than a conceptual tool for altering our relationship to the earth—as a particularly potent enthymeme in climate activist discourse—the Anthropocene is a material interruption that […]

Nature as a source for Architectural Innovation / Larissa Gross, Marina Niedeleitner, Alexandra Rohner

Early in our existence, we stayed very close to nature, we coexisted with nature. Time passed and humans grew in number and knowledge. Their attitudes changed to their surroundings, learning to protect themselves from weather and enemies. To restore a balanced relationship with nature and reduce the strains on natural resources we need to reintegrate […]