de is the department for architectural theory of the University of Innsbruck, headed by Bart Lootsma. also publishes the websites architecturaltheory.txt and

architecturaltheory.txt is a webzine with publications on architecture and culture : essays, papers, books, research projects , dissertations and habilitations written by the members of and their affiliations. is a video based webzine about architecture and culture and features documentaries, interviews, lectures, symposia and congresses and all of the lecture series at the University of Innsbruck.

SE Architectural Mediation / Megens Manon

The mediation of architectural subject matter to politicians, media, industry and the general public. The aim of this seminar is to gain insights into the field of architecture mediation and architecture communication through theoretical discussion and discussion as well as through research, case studies and interviews. The insights gained will be critically discussed and then implemented […]

SE Gender Studies / Katerina Haller

GenderSpace – Feminist strategies in space production and appropriation of space. The course analyzes the interconnection of gender, race and class along key texts, blogs and artistic interventions in public space.  How is built the city? What are regulations and exclusions – where are gaps? These issues will be reflected along the interdisciplinary gender studies […]

VO Architekturtheorie Zwei / Bettina Schlorhaufer

The course provides students with an insight into the political, ideological and philosophical interrelationships of architecture, urban development and landscape of the first half of the 20th century. The students develop skills on how to derive critical analyses, theoretical strands or approaches from the presented positions. In the winter semester 2018/2019, Architecturaltheory_2 will be presented […]

Studio M1 archiFIcture / Madina Cherchesova & Giacomo Pala

archiFIcture   “the future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed” William Gibson   Architecture is really very much a form of storytelling. The studio will stress out the possibility of using it as a fictional discipline in order to speculate on and imagine new forms of futures. Indeed, we will first study […]

SE The Theory of Art / Thomas Feuerstein

REAL ART In recent years, biological organisms, methods from the sciences and “real” processes are increasingly becoming the material of art. Regardless of tendencies of a new realism in philosophy, questions arise about a new realism in art: how do the new correspondences between art and science, fact and fiction, construct themselves in contemporary art […]

VO Architectural Theory 1 / Bettina Schlorhaufer

The course provides students with an overview of the most important social and cultural aspects of 18th and 19th century architecture and urban planning in Europe and the USA. The students develop skills on how to derive critical analyses, theoretical strands or approaches from the presented positions. The course is designed against the background of […]

Unfolding Pavillion 2018 / Venice Architecture Biennale

THE EXHIBITION Again, the Department of Architectural Theory of the University of Innsbruck is represented at the Venice Architecture Biennale. On May 25th, 2018, at 19:00 h., the ’Unfolding Pavilion’, an exhibition and three-days long symposium curated by Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Sara Favargiotti, will open its doors to the public. In its […]

Excursion B EX–MOS / Madina Cherchesova & Leonid Slonimskiy

Moscow is the biggest city on the European continent. In the course of time, it has gathered the most radical and unique examples of architecture, from the time of the zars, over Constructivism and Stalinism to contemporary architecture. We will see pompous palaces and avantgarde gems, brutalist social housing and classicist skyscrapers, postmodern ‘weirdos’ and […]

SE Design Theory / Davide Tommaso Ferrando

Architecture into the Universe of Social Networks Since the 1990s, the relationship between architecture and media has become the object of interest of a growing community of scholars and designers. Nevertheless, the vast majority of researches on the topic tend to address traditional media such as books, magazines and fanzines. Therefore, an important question emerges: […]

EM2 ArchiFicture. Episode 2: Revenge of the Post – / Davide Tommaso Ferrando & Giacomo Pala

I regard architecture as a sort of sophisticated bullshit – Peter Cook In its second iteration, the “ArchiFicture” studio will once more speculate on the multiple and different ways in which architecture is being and can be addressed as a fictional discipline, in order to produce original architectural theories, narratives and fictions. “ArchiFicture” is based […]

Studio E4 New Social Housing / Davide Tommaso Ferrando & Bart Lootsma

New Social Housing Against the Background of Individualisation, Globalisation and the Rise of Social Media   On occasion of the IBA (International Building Exhibition) Vienna 2022, the studio research of this year is dedicated to new forms of social housing. In this context, we aim at interpreting anew what is meant with “social”, as […]

SE M Design Theory / Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen

Fluidity and Eddy in the act of design The concepts of “fluidity” has been recurring frequently in design theory and contemporary art– with particular intensity in the 1990s. The seminar will focus on the debates regarding a dynamic relationship between “fluidity” and “eddy,” or in another word– an observation on a flow of design and […]