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 Pre-Diploma / Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Alexa Baugartner, Bart Lootsma

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, […]

VO Architectural Theory 2 / Bart Lootsma

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 […]

After Nature / Bart Lootsma

During the exhibition Schönheit vor Weisheit, Das Wissen der Kunst und die Kunst der Wissenschaft, in Fall and Winter 2019/2020, the department for architectural theory at the University of Innsbruck, works in the Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck. An introduction to our project.

Symposium: Connected/Augmented/Fictional

On the ninth of April 2019, organizes a symposium on different relationships between architecture and digital media, whether it’s the impact of the Internet, the ability to add meaning and atmospheres, or the opportunities to make invisible things visible and create fictions. Digital technology encompasses such a vast field today that in architecture it […]

SE Vertiefter Entwurf: Architekturtheorie / Bettina Schlorhaufer

The Exhibitionary Complex Modern civil society was formed under the condition of a new perspective of the state on the citizen. Last but not least, the execution of power played a role in this context. “Negative power” (revenge, execution, torture) was to be transformed into “positive power” (code of law, control).After important construction tasks such […]

VO Architectural Theory / Bart Lootsma

European architectural theory has a long tradition that goes back at least to Vitruvius. The academic institutionalization of architectural theory in Europe, however, is a relatively new phenomenon that only began in 1967 in Germany and Switzerland, and in the United States at the end of the 1970s. In the summer semester of 2019, Architekturtheorie […]

UI – Soon we will all be One

Tuesday April 9 2019, architectural presents a screening of Johannes Mücke’s short film UI – Soon we will all be One. When hard-bitten ranger Kira is sent out on another patrol mission, she discovers a mysterious, large object in the vastness of Antarctica. Little does she know that inside this object waits a lethal trap […]

EP Design Studio M1 / Bart Lootsma, Bettina Siegele

Space production and heterotopias The Master Studio offered by Architekturtheorie deals with architectural heterotopias: Constellations of spaces with specific scenarios, programs, atmospheres, lifestyles and freedoms that form spaces for specific subcultures, lifestyles and individuals. The studio consists of 3 sections. In the first section texts are read together and summarized concerning spatial production and heterotopias. […]

VO Cultural Studies / Mathieu Wellner

“The work that cultural studies has to do, is to mobilize everything that it can find in terms of intellectual resources in order to understand what keeps making the life we live, and the societies we live in, profoundly and deeply anti-humane.” (Stuart Hall, 1992) In Cultural Studies, cultural, social, political and media phenomena are […]

Hypnerotomachia Naturae / Giacomo Pala

Giacomo Pala about the dream of nature and the need to think about a possible answer to the question if it possible to imagine a kind of theory going beyond the critical model. 

Booklet Connected/Augmented/Fictional

The symposium Connected/Augmented/Fictional, on some of the many relationships between architecture and digital media, takes place in the spaces of in the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 21. We are happy to have a prominent selection of lecturers both from Austria and abroad, a screening of Johannes Mücke’s film UI – […]

SE Architectural Criticism / Melanie van der Hoorn

Mélanie van der Hoorn gives students an insight into her ongoing research. Her book “Bricks & Balloons: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form” was published in 2012 and her successor “Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Films”. 2019 marks the start of the third part of this research project on ‘architectural games’ (covering both […]