Datascapes in Architecture

Seminar Theory of Architecture (052-0818-22)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Stalder
Lecturers: Dr. Nathalie Bredella
Time: Thursdays, 15:45 - 17:30 Uhr
Location: HCI E 8

IBM Design Department, Promotional photograph for IBM System/360 Model 40 taken in the "Computer Room" ("White Room") in Poughkeepsie, NY, 1965.

In architectural discourse, computational design approaches denote the capacity to define properties of the design over data. The move towards planning with computers can be traced back to the postwar period and is characterized by methods of automation, modes of representation, and participation in software. Looking at case studies from the post-war period, this seminar is interested in situating methods and technologies of computable design within the political, social, and economic conditions in which they arose. We will look at how universities, industries, and governments participated in technological development, and analyze the interplay between digital and physical infrastructures. The aim of the seminar is on the one hand to introduce theoretical reflections on data-based planning processes and on the other hand to identify their significance for the design process and to develop own criteria for dealing with datascapes.


Dr. Nathalie Bredella