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Variegated Poché

Institut - Spielwiese Technikerstraße 21, 3.OG Nord, Innsbruck

PhD Defence / Rigorosum Andreas Körner, BSc MArch   Variegated Poché Exploring thermochromic materials as surrogate models for the design integration of surface weathering in architecture.   Abstract: Current environmental and ecological pressures lead architects to reconsider the relationships between the inside and the outside, the permanence of surfaces, and the ageing of buildings. Integrating weathering through design and contextualising it in architectural theory are key components of this paradigm shift. This doctoral dissertation explores thermochromic materials as surrogate models for weathering as a design tool. Thermochromics change colour due to temperature. The research projects investigate the textural relationship between surfaces, substrates, and environments. The study employs a mixed-methods approach. First, a comprehensive literature review surveys the contemporary and historical concepts of weather, colour, texture, and poché. The correlation between the 19th-century debate on architectural polychromy and anthropogenic pollution acts as a historical case study for today’s relationship between ornament and climate change. Subsequently, the method of thermochromic programming is developed via five design research projects. Consequently, aesthetic chromogenic correlations between natural, long-term weathering and reversible, short-term thermochromic materials are outlined. The findings demonstrate that thermochromic programming can act as a surrogate model to explore design aspects of augmented weathering […]

Affect Lecture5 – Carl Pruscha

Institut - Spielwiese Technikerstraße 21, 3.OG Nord, Innsbruck

Carl Pruscha - An unusual architect In architecture - as in art - life and work are usually closely intertwined. Carl Pruscha is an unusual architect. His works can be found in three geographically distant places that have had a strong influence on him. New York, Kathmanu and Vienna. In the United States, Pruscha designed visionary and utopian projects. He found reality in Nepal, where the UN sent him in 1964 as a consultant. In the foreign culture, the young architect grew on specific tasks. In addition to complex planning proposals for the Kathmandu Valley, he realized remarkable buildings that combine tradition and modernity, in harmony with the natural and cultural landscape. After his return to Vienna in 1974, his committed academic and social attitude became obvious. As rector of the Academy of Fine Arts, the bustling bohemian became a defining figure on the Viennese architectural scene. Carl Pruscha lives architecture in a variety of different influences, which come together in his architectural concepts and ideas as well as his realized projects. In this sense his life and work could stand for what the title of the lecture series expresses: “affect and be affected”. Biography Carl Pruscha is an Austrian […]