AA Visiting School at UAA, August 2015

OMU’s Idea of the City

Wednesday 12 – Friday 21 August 2015
AA Visiting School at the Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft UAA in Cologne, Germany
Open to students, academic and researchers worldwide – apply by 30 July 2015

Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926–2007) was a visionary post-war architect and educator best known for introducing the idea of an urban archipelago in the study of The City in the City. His architectural and urban design studies are characterised by a fascination with dialectical contradictions, whether in the exploration of typology as morphology, the concept of the doll-in-the-doll or the text ‘Janus Face of Architecture’.

Sharing these interests, the workshop organised by the AA Visiting School is an opportunity to discuss Ungers’s writings in seminars and analyse his urban design projects. Taking place at the Ungers Archive for Architectural Research UAA, participants will gain unique access to Ungers’s project archive and one of the most extensive private collections of architectural books covering 500 years of architectural history. Targeting students and researchers interested in urban design, the workshop is a training in fundamental research practices: archival studies and the analysis of primary written sources and design projects.

Study Ruhwald: Assembly, Scheme, Systems and Variations, OM Ungers, 1967 (Source: UAA)
  • The workshop is a unique opportunity to access and study project by Ungers in the Ungers Archive UAA in Cologne.
  • Teaching staff includes the Ungers scholar Jasper Cepl and the director of the AA’s Projective Cities programme Sam Jacoby.
  • Daily seminars and lectures by speakers who have worked with or studied OM Ungers. Last year’s invited guests included Gerardo Brown-Manrique, Joachim Sieber, Andre Bideau and Pier Vittorio Aureli, all leading researchers on the work of Ungers.
  • Participants will get an in-depth knowledge of Ungers’s urban design theories and methodologies through studies of the archive material and daily theoretical seminars or lectures.
  • Research skill development, especially of archival studies and project analysis.

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