Peter Massin

On the Constitution of Ornament in Architecture

Historiography, Present and Morphology

Dr. Peter Massin

PhD thesis

DOI: http://10.25651/5.2022.0001

Rigorosum 01.07.2021.
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This dissertation investigates the object-like ornament in architecture and examines its historiographic and contemporary constitution in design practice. The work is therefore both theoretical and applied. The topic of the dissertation, the ornament, is positioned at the heart of architecture and thus also amidst a cultural and technological debate, the social significance of which has become increasingly noticeable in recent years. The field … more

Super High-Res Assembly II

Prodigal Digitality – An Efflorescence of Fine Arts in postdigital Architectures

Team: Marjan Colletti, Peter Massin, Galo Moncayo Asan

„Super High-Res Assembly II – An Efflorescence of Fine Arts in postdigital Architectures“ wird sich thematisch auf die exzessive postdigitale Sanierung eines urbanen Bestandskörpers (Trägers) konzentrieren. Das Thema reagiert nicht nur auf ein akutes gestalterisches Ungleichgewicht in der gegenwärtigen Baukultur, sondern wird einen konkreten Vorschlag für ein postdigitales Bekleidungsprinzip erarbeiten. Beziehen kann sich die Bekleidung auf die Fassade oder auch auf … more

Natures of postdigital beings

Ein Habitat für realvirtuelle Wesen

Team: Theresa Uitz, Peter Massin

Digitality has created two ideological worlds, one within (virtuality) and one outside(physicality). Architects traditionally design for the physical, but since the advent of digitality, they also design in the virtual. The physical is serious, and its design influences our environment significantly permanently. Virtuality, however, is playful and exuberant; its design is democratised and innocuous in terms of impact compared to the physical world. The boundaries between these two opposed worlds … more

Postdigital Nature of Planet B

Postdigital Natures of Planet B is a large-scale, robotically 3D-printed 1:1 installation made of recycled plastic and other bespoke biodegradable materials. It proposes artificial-natural, physical-virtual, technological-botanical hybridity as metaphor for a future vision of a more intricate rapport between architecture and nature I the Anthropocene. It does this by exploring ambiguous overlaps and interfaces between the natural, the virtual, and the built environments. The installation was developed for and exhibited at the ARS Electronica Festival 2022 by the PDNB research … more

Km 0 Architecture

Grow/Print Your Own Building

Team: Marjan Colletti, Peter Massin, Georg Gasser, Mümün Keser, supported by Catalina Tripolt

‘The term km 0, or 0 km, was derived from the Slow Food movement. As a clear counterpoint to fast-food chains, the idea of the movement is to promote the consumption of local ingredients, reducing the distance between producers and consumers. With this mission, it seeks to reduce damage to the environment caused by monoculture and the emissions of carbon dioxide/consumption of fossil … more

TRIOPIC SPECTACLE @ARS Electronica Festival 2021

Postdigital Neobaroque Transmedia – PDNB

As part of an ongoing process of diversification, as well as a contribution to the decentralisation and democratisation of the digital, Triopic Spectacle* seeks to dissolve the hierarchies between the real and the potential – a radical concept that can be traced back to 17th century baroque thinking.

Exhibition date: 09.09.2021 – 12.09.2021

VIRTUAL REALITY via Mozilla Hubs

Join the global VR domain, an interactive and online based social space that allows you as the … more

Zur Konstitution des Ornaments in der Architektur

Zur Konstitution des Ornaments in der Architektur – Historiografie, Gegenwart und Morphologie

Rigorosum Dipl.-Ing. Peter Massin

Öffentlicher Vortrag
Donnerstag, 1. Juli 2021, 10.00 Uhr


  • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Kristina SCHINEGGER
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Marjan COLLETTI, PhD |1. Gutachter
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Benjamin DILLENBURGER (ETH Zürich) | 2. Gutachter
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Kathrin ASTE
  • AADipl. Oliver DOMEISEN (UCL London)

Die Dissertation ist online als Volltext verfügbar:

Postdigital Instabilities: Spatial Monsters

An eccentric teratology on architectural fragments

Team: Marjan Colletti, Peter Massin, Andreas Körner, Theresa Uitz

Students: Daniela Albrecht, Kilian Bauer, Alexandra Fröwis, Oliver Hamedinger, Luis Navarro Preuß, Hannah Pinggera, Altagracia Spannring, Fabian Teufel, Charlotte Thorn, Catalina Tripolt

Increasing digitalisation has influenced and formed contemporary society in a way that our daily lives, as well as our cultural environment, have changed and adjusted. Digital technologies appear as self‐evident, neither being explicitly noticed as such nor critically questioned. This influences not only … more

Vernacular Performative Facades

Introduction into Typological Design Aspects of Building-Envelopes

Team: Thomas Mathoy, Peter Massin, Marc Ihle

Im Rahmen des Kurzentwerfen werden sich die Studierenden mit der Entwicklung eines Fassadensystems beschäftigen. Die gestalterische Artikulation des Systems soll funktional aktiviert bzw. interpretiert werden. Hierbei definieren die konkrete Gebäudetypologie, der spezifische Standort und die Fassadenausrichtung die wesentlichen Parameter.
Es wird der Zusammenhang zwischen Funktion, Fügung der Bauteile, Materialökonomie und architektonischem Ausdruck untersucht und anhand eines eignen Entwurfs und einer Modellstudie erprobt.

Entwicklung eines Fassadenelements, … more