IARC - Independent Architecture Research Colloquia

The Architecture Research Colloquia is initiated and organized by the PhD candidates and young researchers of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. It is an independent platform that gives current researchers the possibility to invite guest lecturers of their own interest. In the context of the Colloquia current PhD students and faculty presenting and share thoughts on developing work within a conversation format.

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 symposium: Thursday June 1, 2017 —  Friday June 2, 2017 


Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck,  Technikerstraße 21, 6020 Innsbruck
free admission, no prior registration required


This symposium, convened  by Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl and Giacomo Pala, wants to analyze the heterogeneous set of ideas, forms, and styles that are perpetually changing. In this sense, [Un]timely Aesthetics refers to the notion of the contemporary:  architecture as a trope and multiple tropes at the same time. Indeed, “topical” has always been an inevitable condition for the aesthetic relevance of new works of architecture. On the other hand, non-topical, Unzeitgemäß (Nietszche) is equally important in order to maintain a critical distance to understand the contemporary. The conference wants to address the heterogeneous complexity of mutually entangled non-topicalities and topicalities characterizing contemporary architecture. To do so, the discussion will involve researchers and architects from different generations in order to verify what – today - can be shared.


.keynote lecture


Professor and Dean Emeritus
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York
Friday June 2, 5:00 pm






Symposium _ Eco Meta Discrete Parts


Thursday 23.6.2016  4pm — 21.00 pm - Symposium

IARC at the Upcycle Studio, Maria Theresienstraße 57, Innsbruck
seats are limited, no reservation possible, free entry

The city is discrete and connected. The city is discrete in the discreteness of its parts, yet the city is connected as the ground (gr.: logos) is defined by its parts (gr.: meros). Therefore, a combination of discrete and connected describes a city’s mereological composition. This opens the possibility looking at the resonance of its parts. The understanding of this resonance comes from the oscillating between One and Many (gr.: meta). The mereological composition’s resonance within a city is its ecology. ECO META DISCRETE PARTS.

At this symposium Timotheus Vermeulen, Shawn Spetch, Dietmar Köring, Harald Trapp, Gilles Retsin, Jose Sanchez, M. Casey Rehm and Daniel Köhler will envision today’s modes of part to whole conditions: mereologies, by a close reading of cultural shifts, historic city models, contemporary modes of environmental design, urban design, game design, algorithmic design, modes of digital assembly, typology and architectural design. The day concludes with the book launch of »The Mereological City«.




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