IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna


IoA Sliver Lecture Andrej Radman, Nov. 8, 7pm

Lecture by Andrej Radman
Generalised Chromaticism: Theory´s Sense and Sensibility

Thanks to the neo-materialist turn, architects have been equipped for breaking with the bad habit of hylomorphic moulding in favour of immanent ontopowerful modulation. To meet the challenges of today – be they economic, social, political or ethical – the architect’s role needs to undergo a fundamental change from a synoptic visionary – a psychological subject whose private meanings and public expressions are supposedly crucial for understanding their work and its effects – to a more humble clinical/critical cartographer of unlimited finity. Traditionally, architects are known to have difficulties understanding order and contingency as co-constitutive. After all, the better part of our technological and aesthetic traditions has been oriented towards structure as stable and homeostatic. However, reality is far more accurately rendered by mapping incorporeal effects than by tracing the ‘physical substrate’ whose very degrees of freedom come to depend on the quasi-causality of these events. What is required is a concept of structure that is not detached from what it structures, a ‘generalised chromaticism’. In the words of Deleuze and Guattari: “Placing elements (…) in continuous variation is an operation that will perhaps give rise to new distinctions, but takes none as final and has none in advance.” Andrej Radman is Assistant Professor of Architecture Theory at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research is devoted to the ecologies of architecture. Radman is a member of the editorial board of the TU Delft peer-reviewed architecture theory journal Footprint. He is also a licensed architect with a portfolio of built and competition-winning projects. In 2002 Radman won the Croatian Association of Architects annual award for housing architecture in Croatia. His latest publication, coedited with Heidi Sohn, is Critical and Clinical Cartographies: Architecture, Robotics, Medicine, Philosophy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
Hörsaal 1
1010 Wien


IoA Sliver Lecture by Manuel DeLanda, Oct. 18, 7pm

Dear all, due to illness we are sorry to announce that the Manuel DeLanda lecture is CANCELED (postponed)!!!!

Manuel DeLanda is an artist and philosopher. Between 1975 and 1982 he was an independent filmmaker. His films were selected for the Whitney Biennal in 1978 and had one man shows at Anthology Film Archives (1978), Collective for Living Cinema (1980), Millenium (1981). More recently he has resumed his filmmaking career, showing his new work at Anthology(2015) and Laboratorio Alameda, in Mexico City (2017). In 1982 he became a computer programmer and independent researcher in cognitive and computer science. Research on the sociology and history of computer science led to the writing of “War in the Age of Intelligent Machines”, published in 1991, on the military origins of computer technology. Since, he has published seven more books, including “A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History” (1997), “Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy” (2002), “A New Philosophy of Society” (2006),  “Philosophy and Simulation” (2011), and “Philosophical Chemistry” (2015), and “Assemblage Theory” (2016).  He currently teaches in the architecture departments at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute.

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Hörsaal 1
1010 Vienna


IoA Sliver Lecture Series "In Theory…“

IoA Sliver Lecture Series "In Theory…“

October 18: Manuel DeLanda
November 8: Andrej Radman
November 22: Peter Mörtenböck
December 13: Joanna Zylinska
January 8: Vera Bühlmann

All lectures start at 7pm and take place at the
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar-Kokoscka-Platz 2
Hörsaal 1
1010 Vienna

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Cross Over Studio kick-off & public lectures

 Cross Over Studio kick-off & public lectures

IoA Cross Over Studio
Sarajevo a century of re-construction 1918-2018

Alfredo Brillembourg / Urban-Think Tank
„Architecture is the Answer. But what was the question?!

Clément Willemin / BASE"Known and Unknown“
October 4th, 2pm

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Institute of Architecture
Schwanzer Trakt, 3rd floor, room 309


NEW Cross Over Studio

NEW Cross Over Studio

Directed by Alfredo Brillembourg/Urban-Think Tank,
Guests: Hubert Klumpner/Urban-Think TankNadine Schütz/Echora, and Clément Willemin/Base
IoA Faculty/Galo Moncayo

We don’t need to wait for terrible circumstances to be aware of the potential all around us. What happens when a state of exception becomes the rule? Can architecture emerge as more then just a symbol of survival and adaptation? Ravaged by war and siege, Sarajevo is now trapped in a situation of ongoing political paralysis with no end in sight. Destruction and neglect have transformed the city into a new kind of urban frontier.

The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina epitomizes this phenomenon. Like no other built form in Sarajevo, the ‘People’s Museum’ stands as an icon of resistance and resilience. Its form, collection, and program express an unwavering drive to make something out of nothing.

Founded in 1945 as the Museum of National Liberation, the current modernist structure opened in 1963. Today, a building that once embodied the era’s utopian socialist dreams has become a ruin. 
Situated one hundred meters from a former frontline, exterior traces of shelling and grenade blasts are now a surface level hint of deeper challenges within. 
Unpaid museum staff shiver through freezing winters without heating, while the state withholds resources that would stem the flow of water leaking through the roof. 
Starved of funds and abandoned by government, citizens are activating the site with little or no financial means, reclaiming the museum as a vital civic space of dialogue, culture, and education.

This studio asks a simple question: what can the 21st century Sarajevo be? 
Inspired by forces of solidarity and popular ownership, we will redefine the heart of Sarajevos catalytic urban space.
A temporary strategy of adaptive reuse can become an attractor to suggest a new reading of the site and its surroundings.
The overall effect is a détournement, with the design of landscape, sound and architecture projecting an oppositional message .
In Sarajevo, We will reinforce the message that the CITY belongs to everyone. 
Outwardly dedicated to cultural preservation, its programming poses important questions about how a divided society deals with the trauma of the past. 
But it also suggests that the innate resourcefulness displayed during the siege has the potential to regenerate the CITY.


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