Today we look back at a long building tradition, which presents itself both in theoretical writings and the built environment. However, challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity confront architects with a changed responsibility; new technologies allow and require alternative ways of working. Architectural responses range from reconstruction projects and historicizing houses to high-tech office buildings and iconic deconstructivist star architecture. In addition, online services such as Pinterest, Instagram and Co. provide access to an almost infinite number of references – often limited to visual references – that give us mostly superficial insights into architecture around the world.
We therefore ask ourselves: How can we at the TUM Faculty of Architecture critically deal with the history of architecture and the architecture of today? How can we use the precious wealth of experience of our history to meet current challenges? How can we engage in a discussion about architecture despite, or especially with, the help of new media?
An important role for a lively discourse on contemporary architecture is certainly played by the “Montagsreihe” lecture series, organised by Nils Rostek and Tasos Roidis, in which mostly young architectural offices present their projects and design attitudes. A key feature of the discussion of the history of architecture is the examination of projects from the post-war period and their reassessment from a contemporary perspective. Examples include the publication “Neuperlach ist schön” by Prof. Andreas Hild and Andreas Müsseler and the seminar “München Olympiastadt 1972” taught by Irene Meissner, which examines the Olympic heritage of sports facilities that were designed at that time in terms of sustainability with a view to their post-Olympic use.
– Anna-Maria from the #AJA20Team