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building Environments: Architectural Theorybeyond a Changing Climate
Symposium at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, May 3

The building Environments” symposium will address the current state of architectural theory in the context of numerous ecological crises. If theory is what establishes the relationship between what is present and what can be imagined, allowing us to look forward and backward, then it is the task of architectural theory to consider what remains constant and what changes in the discipline as it addresses current challenges. building Environments” asks the participants to think about how environmental issues impact, affect, and shift theoretical work on architecture, landscape and design. 

The symposium will be organized around three conversation topics: Design of Environments,” Pedagogy in Action,” and Exhibition as Media,” based on the work of the participants, Maria Auböck, Ingrid Halland, Elisa Iturbe, Ana Maria Leon, Catherine Mosbach, Tatjana Schneider, and Michael Wang. 

The conversations will draw connections between architectural theory and environmental issues, highlighting ways to consider architecture in relation to climate, energy, extraction, land, and production. The environmental lens on theory provides ways to encompass all elements of building activities, allowing for connections to be made across a wide range of scales, from that of a building detail to those of entire landscapes and cities. It also urges us to consider the representation of the environment in architecture, bringing into view the limits and entanglements of the discipline, drawing new affinities, producing knowledge and advancing the discipline. 

The symposium will be convened by Tülay Atak from the Department of Theory of Architecture, Institute of Architecture, and the conversations will be moderated by Brigitte Felderer, Sam Jacob, Baerbel Mueller, and Lina Steeruwitz. 

In conjunction with the symposium, the exhibition, Energy at the Threshold of the Visible World,” which brings together historical visualizations of energy along with contemporary works on images and representations of energy, will be opening at AIL – Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien. 

Participants: Maria Auböck (Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architects, Vienna), Brigitte Felderer (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), Ingrid Halland (AHO, Oslo), Elisa Iturbe (The Cooper Union, New York), Sam Jacob (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), Ana Maria Leon (GSD, Harvard, Cambridge), Catherine Mosbach (Mosbach Paysagistes, Paris), Baerbel Mueller (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), Tatjana Schneider (GTAS, TU Braunschweig), Lina Steeruwitz (StudioVlaySteeruwitz, Vienna), and Michael Wang (New York). 

Organized by: Tülay Atak (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)

Maria Auböck
Ingrid Halland
Elisa Iturbe
Sam Jacob
Ana María León
Catherine Mosbach
Baerbel Mueller
Tatjana Schneider
Michael Wang


Welcome:
(10:00)
Petra Schaper Rinkel 

Introduction:
(10:10)
Tülay Atak

1. Design of Environments
(10:30 – 12:20)
Catherine Mosbach and Maria Auböck in conversation
Moderator: Lina Steeruwitz 

2. Pedagogy in Action
(13:00 – 14:50)
Ana Maria Leon
Tatjana Schneider
Moderator: Sam Jacob

3. Exhibition as Media
(15:10 – 17:00)
Elisa Iturbe
Ingrid Halland
Moderator: Brigitte Felderer 

4. Keynote: Constructing Climates
(17:30 @ Postsparkasse)
Michael Wang
Response: Baerbel Mueller 

5. Reception and exhibition opening
(19:00)
Energy at the Threshold of the Visible World