Topology Elective Course Spring Semester 2016

Delta Dialogues 

Learning from Female Innovators in Art and Design

In the FS 2016 elective course “Topology” (TheoryLab) students will explore creative site-reading techniques with female innovators in art and design. The topic of investigation will be delta landscapes. As dynamic systems that defy the separation of water and soil, deltas present challenging sites for the design disciplines.

To address this topic, the Chair has invited five internationally recognized, female landscape architects, architects, and artists whose professional and academic work considers amphibious territories. Each of the guests has in her own way demonstrated a reconciliation of site and text, practice and research, employing text as an active and innovative method for site-analysis and design. Through a lecture series and a day-long workshop, the seminar will present students with the unique opportunity to enter into a personal dialogue with these professionals.

Students will be asked to reflect on these exchanges in the form of textual and visual portraits that strive to communicate these innovative methods for reading the complexity of place.

Join us for the Intro at 15:00 on February 25!*
*Please do not hesitate to show up even if the course has filled up – We will try to be accommodating.

The course meets weekly on Thursdays 15:00-17:00, HIL Building

Download the poster: Public Lecture Series
Download the poster: Elective Course
25. Feb. – Introduction to the Elective Course
03. Mar. – Introduction to methods of creative portraiture
10. Mar. – Dialogue I: Guest Lecture by Jane Wolff
17. Mar – [Seminar Week : no class]
24. Mar. – Dialogue II: Guest Lecture by Catherine Mosbach
31. Mar. – [Spring Break : no class]
09. Apr. – Day-long Workshop with Artist Judith Albert
14. Apr. – Dialogue III: Guest Lecture by Ellen Braae
21. Apr. – Dialogue IV: Guest Lecture by Anuradha Mathur
28. Apr. – Individual Meeting
12. May – Individual Meeting
19. May – Final Presentation and Discussion

  • Introduction: Thursday February 25th 2016, 15:00, HIL 40.9 (ILA Foyer)
  • The Elective Course will be limited to 20 students.
  • The students will have the opportunity to engage the guests in discussion.
  • The students will work in teams to develop the portrait-projects.
  • The lectures will be held in English, assistance E/D.
  • All written work may be submitted in either English, German, or French.
  • Students interested in refining their final project for possible contribution to the publication Pamphlet 21, may elect to continue the coursework in a Wahlfacharbeit.

Teaching Team: Christophe Girot, Susann Ahn, Isabelle Fehlmann, Lara Mehling