Things of Modernity – The microarchitectures of everyday life

Lecture History and Theory of Architecture VIII (063-0802-01)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Stalder
Lecturers: Prof. Dr Laurent Stalder, Dr Andreas Kalpakci, Dr Matthew James Wells
Time: Thursdays 11.00–11.45
Location: HCI G 7

Under the title ‘Things of Modernity’, the lecture course aims to focus less on people or buildings and more on those ‘things’ that have been the subject of modernization in architecture and urban planning over the last 200 years, such as the revolving door, the elevator, the glass, the clock, the conduit, insulation, etc. The term ‘thing’ includes both the concrete material object itself and the interests associated with the object. To understand objects as "things" therefore does not mean to diminish their significance, but on the contrary to add reality to them, to understand them in terms of the complex, historically located, diverse concerns in which they were created.

Revolving Door: Literature 
Revolving Door: Slides