Fachbereich Design Dessau Department of Design

Architectures of Space-Time.
Investigations in the unfolding of structural intelligence
The lectures lead to significant changes in structural thinking, engineering and architectural design in the modern era which are far from being obvious. As Sigfried Giedion noted in 1928 “construction is not mere ratio“, but rather it „plays the role of the subconscious“. This holds true although Giedions restrictions of this theorem to the limits of building construction and on the other hand, the period of 19th century seem to be no longer justified. Investigating theory and practice of structural inventions underlying modern design we find extraordinary efforts of different types of inventors to re-conceptualize „structure“ on the background of changing space-time relations. The new ways of figuring out structural behavior correspond more directly than shape or form-giving with the scientific approaches and discoveries of the time. Groundbreaking theories of modern science, like Einstein´s theory of relativity and gravitation seemed to have “no practical application” and no relation to everyday-life.
However, we find tendencies in structural development that correspond more or less directly with the treatment of problems in physics or the life sciences.
Focusing these correspondences the artifacts of engineering, architecture and design can be seen by their construction as corresponding corporal members in theories of architecture and design for a long period of time. It was only in the development of “artificial intelligence” that the question of embodiment became crucial for the unfolding of mind in the implementation of intelligence in artifacts.
The “architectures of space-time” show changing patterns of understanding corporeality.
The lectures were first held in November 2006 at the University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU) and repeated at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design in Dessau April to June 2007. Under the guidance of Professor Rochus Hartmann they were video recorded and edited. The team included Henry Mertens, Marko Mitter, Anne Bittner. Organizational assistance Sandra Scheer.
The author:
Joachim Krausse is known for his research and publications on Buckminster Fuller. He conceived and co-curated together with Claude Lichtenstein and the Museum of Design Zürich the international travelling exhibition “Your Private Sky. R. Buckminster Fuller – The Art of Design Science” 1999 – 2002. (2 Vols. Published with Lars Müller, publisher, Baden Switzerland 1999 and 2001).
Academical trained in philosophy, literature and cultural studies he graduated at the Freie Universität Berlin and later received an PhD from the University in Bremen. He researched in the field of the history of building and dwelling, realized nine documentary films on housing and dwelling for german public TV (WDR) 1973 – 1985. Published case studies on key objects of modern technical culture, e.g. the Einsteintower, the Zeissplanetarium, the bicycle, the Frankfurter Kitchen.
Teaching since 1970 he is a retired professor for design theory at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, founded 2002 the International Master Program Integrated Design (MAID) and is member of the staff of Coop Design Research at the Bauhaus Dessau. Since 1991 he is a permanent collaborator of the architectural magazine ARCH+.

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