Dr Jasper Cepl (TU Berlin) will be giving a guest seminar:
Oswald Mathias Ungers: Urban Theories and the Concept of Morphology
The City in the City – Berlin: A Green Archipelago, by OM Ungers and R Koolhaas, P Riemann, H Kollhoff and A Ovaska (1977)
Date: 15/3/2013, Time: 14:00, Venue: 33 Groundfloor Back
Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926–2007) was one of the most influential architects of his generation. Especially the project for Berlin as a “green archipelago”, conceived with Rem Koolhaas in 1977, is considered one of the most inspiring visions of urbanity in the 20th century. It was the outcome of many years of research into new strategies of urban design, able to replace modernist doctrines with an image of the city that would acknowledge its complexity — comprising, among other things, both islands of conceivable architectural structure and formless areas of infrastructure. The seminar will discuss the development of Ungers’ urban theories, highlighting the influence of his earlier interests both in the morphology of architecture and in regional planning.
Jasper Cepl teaches architectural theory at the Technische Universität Berlin. He is the author of Oswald Mathias Ungers. Eine intellektuelle Biographie (2007). His research interests include: the influence of art history on modern architecture, images of the body in architecture, early modernism in Germany, and the discourse on “Stadtbaukunst”. He has published widely on the history and theory of architecture, including an edited monograph on the German architect Hans Kollhoff (2004) and an anthology of architectural theory, Quellentexte zur Architekturtheorie (with Fritz Neumeyer) in 2002.