Drawing and Visual Languages


In the direct, practice-related teaching of upcoming architects, the key focus of the basic course is on the specific perception and grasping of structures, proportions and formal processes by means of precise observation and the appropriate graphic rendering. We want to open up means of representative expression to the students straight away at the start of their training, which then supports the generation of individual, imaginative free-hand drawing.

As an institute we start out from a transfer situation in order to question – or also to enrich – the traditional catalogue of means available to the process of architectural creativity. New models of participation, of organisation and information-flow are tried out according to how they can be resourced from the current creative scene in the arts. We set the scene for changes of aspect, guide the attention onto hidden or new problems. Implementations on site and interventions into a concrete situation sharpen ideas on the whetstone of reality. Limited resources frequently cast up alternative action models that support an efficient application in the targeted milieu.

The broad range of research and publications is an indication of the rich spectrum of theory production and practice-relevant creative research:

Visual culture – the research project “Other Markets” sounds out potentials of “informal markets” and seeks possibilities of greater equality of opportunity in an industry that is ordered accorded to economic aspects. The international research project “Data Publics” investigates the political, economic and cultural conditions of data generation and the formation of new public spaces and areas.

Art and the public space – the research project “Planning Unplanned” at the interface of art and urbanism asks what function art has in the context of urban development. A fundamental element of the research project was installed in the website www.urban-matters.org, which compiles and analyses international, context-specific projects.

Art, architecture and education – with the “Work-Space Education” an interdisciplinary faculty platform was installed that works on establishing innovative approaches to studies and research.

Current study and research projects are “Displaced”, “Place of Importance”, and “Educational Landscapes in Movement”: real-live projects and cooperative processes are scheduled to develop model-type, educationally relevant integration spaces, social-space- and urban networking, also scope for new forms of teaching and learning.

Section head

Christine Hohenbüchler Contact: TISS

E264/1 Drawing and Visual Languages
Chair | Venia: Zeichnen und visuelle Sprachen