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Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel will give a lecture at Kadir Has University in Istanbul - 21 February 2014

The founding and current chairman of OCEAN Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel will give a lecture at Kadir Has University in Istanbul on 21 February 2014. 

The lecture is entitled: Intersecting Knowledge Fields and the role of Research-by-Design en route to Intensely Local Architectures


Where does architecture as a discipline currently stand and how does it face tendencies of disciplinary fragmentation or even looming irrelevance?

The lecture will introduce an approach entitled performance-oriented architecture as an integrative framework for architectural design and sustainability and research by design in architecture. Its aim is to return architecture from the brink of marginality by facing a series of pressing questions. This involves critically addressing the fixation with exclusively idiosyncratic design, extracting from current and past architectures, whether built or unbuilt, promising concepts and methods, and intersecting a range of knowledge fields with the aim to deliver an alternative approach to the bulk of architecture and the built environment at large as well as questions of sustainability. The first phase of this effort was completed with the book 'Performance-oriented Architecture - Rethinking Architecture and the Built Environment', which set the scene by outlining concepts and traits for a non-discrete and performance-oriented architecture. Phase two is currently under way and focuses on the definition of 'intensely local architecture' and 'local tectonics' as an antidote to the currently prevailing globalization and homogenization of architecture.