Special Topics in Architecture

Anton Falkeis
Architecture, Architectural Design 2
2019W, Seminar (SE), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S01889


Discussing multiple urban futures, we will speculate about the Next City. We will examine how global warming will have an impact on future urban development.

Research by Design: Special Topics in Architecture focuses on the theoretical and practical implementation of interdisciplinary research strategies into the design process.

Issues addressed throughout the coursework so far range from theoretical proposals such as the "Floating City" to strategies of materiality and material speculation. From the "Aspects of Space" program – developing tools shaping and transforming the idea of space – to the "Notation Projects" - exploring the representation of the city’s physical body through its construed perception.

Next City - discussing multiple urban futures - concentrates on urban change and the role of architecture within this process of transformation. Since Cities in general are condensed descriptions of urban life – consequently they are focal points of global challenges too. They are complex systems that can no longer be understood as spatial entities. They behave more like living organisms. Like amoebas, today´s cities grow and shrink under the conditions of continuous change, where the rigidity of form and program has been replaced by an open system in which growth provokes conflict, disorder and ultimately change.



Examination Modalities

07.11.2019_Research Presentation_SR09

21.11.2019_Abstract Presentation_SR09

05.12.2019_Midterm Presentation_SR09

30.01.2020_Final Presentations_SR09



present and hand in a short abstract about the main focus of the project according to our main topic of Global Warming in the context of "Urban Change_Next City" discussing multiple urban futures. The abstract should provide an overview of the main problems you are dealing with in terms of speculating about their future impact on urban space. We will build on this document and continuously add our findings and speculations to this paper throughout the seminar.

Abstract: max. 100 words

Keyword: one



it is intended to publish the contributions in the next issue of Special Topics Magazine. Final decisions will be made at the end of term.


Schedule  2019 / 2020

SR09_Seminarraum 9 / 12:00-14:00

MR03_meeting room 3rd floor / 12:00-14:00


24.10.2019_kick off_ SR09

07.11.2019_Research Presentation_SR09

14.11.2019_course work_MR03

21.11.2019_Abstract Presentation_SR09

28.11.2019_course work_MR03

05.12.2019_Midterm Presentation_SR09

12.12.2019_course work_MR03

09.01.2020_course work_MR03

16.01.2020_course work_MR03

23.01.2020_course work_MR03

30.01.2020_Final Presentations_SR09

Course Enrolment

Until 07 November 2019, 16:53
via email: anton.falkeis@uin-ak.ac.at

Architecture (Master): Experimental Strategies: Special Topics

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible