Philipp Oswalt, born 1964, architect and publicist in Berlin. 1988–1994 editor of the architecture magazine ARCH+, 1996–97 employee in the office of OMA/Rem Koolhaas, 1998 first prize in the competition for the former women's concentration camp Ravensbrück (with Stefan Tischer and Stefanie Oswalt) with subsequent partial realisation, 2000–2002 visiting professor at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus. 2001–2003 Initiator and co-director of the European research project “Urban Catalyst”. Co-initiator and co-curator of the interim use of the Palast der Republik ZwischenPalastNutzung/Volkspalast as a cultural space (2004). Director of the project Shrinking Cities of the Federal Cultural Foundation (2002–2008). Since 2006 Professor of Architectural Theory and Design at the University of Kassel. 2009–2014 Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Co-initiator of projekt bauhaus (2015) and since 2016 member of the project advisory board for the founding of the documenta Institute in Kassel. Author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary architecture and urban development.
Photo by Christoph Petras
Date: Day 2 – 13:45
Location: Notenbank, Weimar
For centuries, Western architecture has been dominated by the idea that the design precedes the production of the building. However, educational concepts in particular are increasingly calling this apparently self-evident notion into question. In the 19th century, there was the slogan “learning by doing”, today people speak of “fab labs” and “reality labs”. The basic idea here is that design theory and design innovation should not take place in a sterile academic framework, but in concrete practice, often linked to real social conditions. The lecture traces these developments from Hannes Meyer’s project-oriented teaching at the Bauhaus to today’s pedagogical concepts of design/build.