Arno Brandlhuber: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Arno Brandlhuber
FieldArchitecture and Design
Address
Dep. Architektur
ETH Zürich, HIL G 57.1
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-mailbrandlhuber@arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
052-0518-21LTheory and Practice: Special Turn and Immaterial Space Joseph Beuys versus René Descartes Information 2 credits2GC. Posthofen, A. Brandlhuber
AbstractBoth the rationalism of "radical doubt" in Rene´ Descartes and the "understanding" in Beuys' sense of "standing somewhere else" have philosophical-aesthetic roots and spatial-theoretical and spatial-practical consequences. In dealing with this, the students work on their own position on spatial theory, whereby material and immaterial spatial aspects play a role.
ObjectiveThe students gain insight into the spectrum of epistemological and perceptual theories, learn to read them and analyze and critique their respective requirements. From this work an object relationship model is developing in progress, which serves self-examination in the design process as well as the evaluation of architectural situations in general and in particular. The writing of "scientific diaries" in which the contents of the colloquium are combined with the everyday experience of the students in free form, trains the concentrated result-oriented thinking in general, as well as in architectural situations. The special form of the writing of the "cientific diary" leads abstract theory together with the experience of the students and make the knowledge cratively available in their own way.
ContentSpecial turn and immaterial space. Joseph Beuys “how I explain art to the dead rabbit” versus Rene ‘Descartes“ I think therefore I am ”. Reflections and exercises on the aesthetics of the room.

Both the rationalism of "radical doubt" in Rene 'Descartes, as
also about "understanding" in the Beuysian sense of "standing somewhere else" have philosophical-aesthetic roots and spatial theory and practical consequences. In dispute a.o. with these opposing positions, the seminar participants worked on one own spatial theory position. Both material and intangible spatial aspects play a role.
Lecture notesHand out at the first meeting.
LiteratureRene’Descartes, Meditations, Felix Meiner Verlag, Hamburg 2009; Volker Harland, What is Art? Workshop talk with Beuys, Urachhaus Verlag,
Stuttgart 2001; Harlan, Rappmann, Schata, Soziale Plastik - Material zu Joseph Beuys, Achberger Verlag, Achberg 1984.
052-1120-21LArchitectural Design V-IX: E.A.N.@M - Experiments on Architecture and Nature [at] Mäusebunker Information Restricted registration - show details
Please register (www.mystudies.ethz.ch) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see http://www.einschreibung.arch.ethz.ch/design.php).


Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 2nd April 2021, 24:00 h. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio!
14 credits16UA. Brandlhuber
AbstractMäusebunker, the former animal testing laboratory in Berlin, survived its almost inevitable demolition, thanks to the joined forces of architects, politicians and citizens. Now that the building got a second chance the question is: What is the future of Mäusebunker?
Together we will answer this question by proposing an architectural design for re-using the iconic brutalist building.
Objective1. Gathering all building data regarding structure, building systems and biotope by establishing recurring meetings with our collaborators, working in three groups:
- Chair of Structural Design (Prof. Schwartz)
- Climate Engineering (Transsolar)
- Landscape and Nature (Sandra Bartoli)

The output of this phase will result in a ‘Mäusebunker Atlas‘ with three layers.

2. Consolidating the research to define a pre-scheme that brings together and translates the data during a collective workshop. The output of this phase will result in a common ‘Mäusebunker Masterplan’.

3. Individually designing the diferent zones of the pre- scheme, implementing the spatial and programmatic requirements of our users (E.A.N. @M).

Communicating the design and arguments through video, based on the accompanying seminar Access to Tools. Using techniques from scenography and filmmaking, such as green screen, model to film, etc. This will help us communicate the designs to the broader audience in a compressed and self-explanatory manner.

The semester will conclude with the final reviews. Each presentation will include a one-minute video pitching the proposal and will be streamed on our TV channel station+.
ContentMäusebunker, the former animal testing laboratory in Berlin, survived its almost inevitable demolition, thanks to the joined forces of architects, politicians and citizens. Now that the building got a second chance the question is: What is the future of Mäusebunker?

Together we will answer this question by proposing an architectural design for re-using the iconic brutalist building.

The sixties were a decade of technological thriving – first man on Moon versus gloomy scientific achievement which had been used in the Vietnam War. The social and environmental implications of these novel technologies were still unknown at that time.

The estrangement of people from technological progress and change, led a group of artists and engineers to establish an organisation: E.A.T. (Experiments on Art and Technology). They aimed at facilitating the direct collaboration between artists and engineers, set within the industrial environment, in which the technology was being developed. Together, they were speculating about the impact of such collaborations on industries, technology and individuals itself.

At the same time, the Mäusebunker, one of Europe ́s biggest animal testing facilities was designed and built and reflected the common understanding of human—non- human relations at that time. Its high hygiene and security standards made the building inaccessible to the public, which created a certain myth of what was happening behind closed walls, doors, holes and tubes. Soon after its opening, the first protests against the institution began to form, but it took a long time before it eventually closed in 2020 and was declared to be demolished.

Why? Because a re-use of the typology seemed both uneconomical and unrealistic. Thus, the city did not want to impose the high costs on its citizens. Alternatively to its intended demolition, we will transform the building architecturally and ideologically. Therefore, we will develop a spatial strategy for the existing building to become a laboratory for architecture, art and research on multi- species cohabitation.


Cohabitation:
Today, the current environmental and biodiversity crisis has transformed our ecosystem fundamentally. The collaboration between humans and non-humans is the only alternative for all of us – planetary – to survive: we must not only co-exist but co-operate. This is what we mean by cohabitation, an idea that has been explored in the previous design studios:

‘Housing the Non-Human 01’ focused on decentring humans from the design process, and developing new design strategies of spatial production for multispecies cohabitation.
‘Housing the Non-Human 02’ pushed the topic further, rethinking the balance between the built and the natural environment by intervening on an existing built structure in order to allow for multi-species cohabitation.

‘On Housing the Non-Human 03’ will go beyond scenarios and speculations. For our architectural design we want to recapture the spirit — interdisciplinary & collaboratively — of E.A.T. and develop an architectural project for our fictional cultural organization: E.A.N. @M (Experiments on Architecture and Nature [at] Mäusebunker).
Prerequisites / NoticeIndividual work and group work, whereof 3-4 weeks of group work.
Mid-term crits: 30.3., 4./5.5.
No extra costs.
063-0522-21LMaking TV: The Show Production (Thesis Elective) Information 6 credits13AA. Brandlhuber
AbstractSelf dependent thesis under the supervision of the tutor. It serves to continue the discussion with the themes of the elective course. The subject of the elective thesis is tied to the correspondent elective subject.
ObjectiveThe elective gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the area of making TV - show production.
ContentThe subject of the elective thesis is tied to the correspondent elective subject.
Free thesis is only possible after consultation with the tutor and has to be well prepared by the student (statement, catalogue of questions).
 
Lecture notesThe necessary learning material is chosen individually by the professor and the student, as part of the research carried out at the beginning of the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeApplicants must have done at least one semester (design class) with the chair (Studio Arno Brandlhuber) in order to be able to work with the medium of video. Ideally the topic of the Thesis Elective is a direct or related one to the individual semester project.