Practicing and Teaching Building Construction (en)

Lecture Series / Panel Discussion - Institut für Experimentelle Architektur / Hochbau
01.12.2016, 16-18 lectures by all the participants, 18-20 panel discussion
02.12.2016, 10-11 lecture by Diego Jiménez and Juana Sánchez
Teaching Construction at University for contemporary and future practice
Universities have a duty to research and develop, to advance our subject and promote original enquiry. It is right and essential that it does this independently from the daily pressures of practice and instead facilitates genuine innovation, establishes future work flows and develops the profession in parallel with the latest advances in fabrication and construction techniques.

On the on the other hand the architect’s everyday, however, largely consists of solving in technical terms mundane and often uninspiring problems.
Due to buildings’ complexity and economic and legislative pressures, these problems are challenging and time consuming, but students can find themselves unprepared for the realities of professional life and the impact they have on their ability to realise their ideas.

Universities need to ensure employability whilst remaining on the cutting edge of the profession. However, limited resources forces prioritisation of their teaching and research focus and generates pressure to advance some theoretical positions and practical models of thought over others.

This series of lectures and subsequent podium discussion hopes to shed light on these diverse positions, explore pedagogic avenues, and discuss the importance of construction technology teaching at universities by addressing the following questions:
-       What is and will be the impact of digital design and fabrication / manufacturing technologies, and when and to what extent do they necessitate a shift in the way we teach technology
-       Technical sophistication in the vast majority of buildings we produce today appears to lag behind the true state of contemporary technological advancement by several years. Considering the high competition within the industry, one would expect advances in the way we can do things to be reflected more immediately and directly in the way we actually construct today. How can we explain this inertia, and what can be done to overcome it?
-       How do we, as architects, define innovation and what is the purpose of it? Are we prioritising innovation in design methodologies over the needs and requirements of the industry, and if so, are we right in doing so?
-       Given the physical nature of architecture and its purpose to produce something physically tangible, isn't the role of the digital to be viewed as strictly subservient?
Jaafar Chalabi, Alex Gräf, Carmen Wiederin, Peter Massin, Diego Jiménez, Juana Sánchez, Rames Najjar
Markus Malin
institut für experimentelle architektur.hochbau
prof. marjan colletti | prof. rames najjar
technikerstraße 21, 3.OG . 6020 innsbruck . austria
Image: IRIS Beirut  / Najjar Najjar Architects