Dr.-Ing. Michael Dürfeld
Architecture&Theory

 

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Dr.-Ing. Michael Dürfeld: Architecture & Theory
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> Priority Area Leader (postdoc) "Architectures of Knowledge" at the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

> Research project "ID+Lab - Interdisciplinary Spaces of Knowledge"
> Research project "Historical Structural Investigations in the Laboratory"

> Associate professor at the international interdisciplinary Master "Open Design" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires


Curriculum vitae



Since 2016 Priority Area Leader (postdoc) "Architecture of Knowledge" at the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Since 2016 Member of the research project "ID+Lab - Interdisciplinary spaces of knowledge" / Since 2015 Lecturer at the international interdisciplinary Master "Open Design" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires / Since 2015 Member at Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques at HU Berlin / 2013-14 Guest professorship in the program "Diversity of Knowledge" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / 2013-17 Board member at "Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V." / Since 2012 Researcher at Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin within the research project Historical Structural Investigations in the Laboratory" / 2012-13 Adjunct Professor at the "Institute for Cultural History and Theory" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / 2012 Researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Max-Planck-Institut Potsdam /2012 and 2011-12 Adjunct Professor at the department of Architecture Theory at TU Berlin / Since 2011 Independent scientific lector / 2010-2011 Architect and visiting lecturer in Santiago de Chile / Since 2010 Founding member of "Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V." / Since 2009 Associated Investigator at "Berlin Center for Knowledge Research" at Berlin TU with the research project "Architectural Evolutions" /2008 Publication of the PhD-Thesis under the title "Das Ornamentale und die architektonische Form. Systemtheoretische Irritationen" / 2007 PhD at the Institute of Architecture, Department of Architectural Theory at Berlin TU / 2001-2003 Doctoral student of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) university graduate training programme on the subject of practice and theory of the artistic creative process, at Berlin UdK / Since 2001 Freelance webdesigner / 2000 Graduation (Dipl.-Ing.) at Hamburg HfbK with the thesis 'ornamental design - systems-theoretical observation of architectural design processes - a website' / 1996-2000 Studies of architecture and urban planning at the Berlin Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin Technische Universität (TU) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / 1992-1996 Studies of architecture and urban planning at Hamburg Hochschule für bildenden Künste (HfbK).


ARTICLES AND ABSTRACTS IN ENGLISH


ID+ - Modelling Interdisciplinarity
In: Nuria Rodríguez Ortega (ed.): III Congreso de la Sociedad Internacional Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas: Sociedades, políticas, saberes. Malaga 2017. Online: http://hdh2017.es/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Actas-HDH2017.pdf
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

Architectural Form and Ornamental Rules.
I
n: Günther H. Filz / Christian Scheiber (eds.): Form-Rule | Rule-Form. Selforganizing forms and processes. Innsbruck University Press. Forthcoming. Online pre-printversion.
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

Ornamental Structuralism. From Rhythm to Evolution – the Future of Structuralism?
In: Tomás Valena / Tom Avermaete / Georg Vrachliotis (eds.): Structuralism Reloaded? Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism.
Stuttgart/London: Edition Axel Menges 2011, pp.297-303.
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

Architectural concretion as a problem of form. A system-theoretical perspective.
In: Cloud - Cuckoo - Land: International Journal of Architectural Theory, Vol. 14, No. 1/2009 "Concreteness in Architecture", edited by Susanne Hauser, Claus Dreyer. 
>>> Abstract (in English):[www.cloud-cuckoo.net]

Ornamentality as Artificial Evolution. A Comment to the Current Discussion about a New Ornament.
In: Zona #4, Supplement to Abitare, #494, Jörg Gleiter (ed.), Bozen 2009, pp.58-59.
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

The Ornamental Art and Architectural Form. Systems-theoretical Irritations.
Bielefeld, May 2008.
>>> Abstract (in English):[pdf]


BOOKS




Michael Dürfeld: Das Ornamentale und die architektonische Form

Das Ornamentale und die architektonische Form. 
Systemtheoretische Irritationen.

[The Ornamental Art and Architectural Form.
Systems-theoretical Irritations]. 
Bielefeld, May 2008. 


If, according to Niklas Luhmann, ornamentation is interpreted as a basic artistic principle for generating shapes and bodies, ornamental art in architecture may be seen as the specific artistic-creative quality of the architectural design process. This book decompresses the foundation, formulation, form and function of ornamental art into the following thematic complexes: perception, calculation, geometry and structure. This generates an operational interpretation of ornament, to be used in architectural theory, which asks further questions about cosmos, evolution, virtuality and atmosphere. This makes a fundamental comment on the current discourse regarding the theory of ornamental art in architecture and at the same time acts as a ‘hinge’, which - for the first time - can be used to question the foundations of Niklas Luhmann's systems theory. 

>>> Abstract (in English):[pdf]

Articles


ID+ - Modelling Interdisciplinarity
In: Nuria Rodríguez Ortega (ed.): III Congreso de la Sociedad Internacional Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas: Sociedades, políticas, saberes. Malaga 2017. Online: http://hdh2017.es/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Actas-HDH2017.pdf
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

Der Historical BioData Explorer: Historische Texte, Bilder und Objekte neu erforschen
In: Andreas Bienert (ed.): Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2017: Digitally Remastered – Kulturerbe und Virtualität. Zusammen mit Anika Schultz und Philipp Schröter, Berlin 2017. Online: http://www.eva-berlin.de/files/EVA_BERLIN_2017_Proceedings_web.pdf
>>> Article (in German):[pdf]

Vom Ornament zum Ornamentalen, vom Ästhetischen zum Kognitiven.
(From Ornament to the Ornamental, from Aesthetics to the Cognitive)
In: Verband Österreichischer KunsthistorikerInnen (ed.): „Ornament und ...“
Über die Ränder ästhetischer Theorien und Praktiken. Forthcoming. Online pre-printversion.
>>> Article (in German):[pdf]

mauern - Wissensstruktur und Strukturwissen der Architektur.
[masoning - Knowledge-Structure and Structure-Knowledge of Architecture.]
In: Horst Bredekamp, Wolfgang Schäffner (eds.): Haare hören – Strukturen wissen – Räume agieren. Berichte aus dem Interdisziplinären Labor Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Bielefeld: transcript 2015, pp.119-131.

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Article (in German):[pdf]

Ornamental Structuralism. From Rhythm to Evolution – the Future of Structuralism?
In: Tomás Valena / Tom Avermaete / Georg Vrachliotis (eds.): Structuralism Reloaded? Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism.
Stuttgart/London: Edition Axel Menges 2011, pp.297-303.
>>> Article (in English):[pdf]

BauKunstKommunikation.
[Architectural Communication]
In: Christian Filk / Holger Simon (eds.): Kunstkommunikation: "Wie ist Kunst möglich?" Beiträge zu einer systemischen Medien- und Kunstwissenschaft. Berlin 2010, pp.267-277.

>>> Article (in German):[pdf]

L'ornemental comme ornement intrinsèque. 
[The Ornamental as an Internal Ornament] 
In: Perspective. La revue de l'Institut national d'histoire de l'art, 2010/2011-1 "Ornement/Ornemental", pp.21-22.
>>> Article original (in French): (pdf)
>>> Article (in German):[pdf]

Architektonische Konkretion als Formproblem. Eine systemtheoretische Perspektive.
[Architectural concretion as a problem of form. A system-theoretical perspective]
In: Cloud - Cuckoo - Land: International Journal of Architectural Theory, Vol. 14, No. 1/2009 "Concreteness in Architecture", edited by Susanne Hauser, Claus Dreyer. 
>>> Abstract (in English): www.cloud-cuckoo.net

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Article (in German): www.cloud-cuckoo.net

Ornamentality as Artificial Evolution. A comment to the current discussion about a new ornament.
In: Zona #4, Supplement to Abitare, #494, Jörg Gleiter (ed.), Bozen 2009, pp.58-59.
>>> Article (in English, Italian, German):[pdf]

Das Ornament. Architektur und Systemtheorie.
[The Ornament: Architecture and Systems Theory].
In: kritische berichte. Zeitschrift für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, No. 4.2008 "Niklas Luhmann", Sabine Kampmann (ed.), pp.79-83.
>>> Article (in German):[pdf]

www.ornamentalesentwerfen.de - Der Versuch, die Momente im Prozess festzuhalten.
[Ornamental Design: The Attempt to hold on to single Moments in the Process].
In: Karin Gludovatz, Martin Peschken (eds.), Momente im Prozess. Zeitlichkeit künstlerischer Produktion. Berlin, 2004, pp.141-152.
>>> Article (in German): [pdf]

ornamental - organisch - evolutionär. Architektonisches Entwerfen zwischen systemischer Konstruktion und evolutionärer Selbstorganisation.  
[ornamental - organic - evolutionary. Architectural Design between Systemic Construction and Evolutionary Self-organization].
In: Friedrich Weltzien / Amrei Volkmann (eds.): Modelle künstlerischer Produktion. Berlin 2003, pp.57-68.
>>> Article (in German): [pdf]


Posters


Mining historical literature, objects and practices
Poster section at the international symposium WoodSciCraft 2014: «The trace of wood in history, the track of time in wood» in Montpellier, September 2014.

Ornamentstadt  
[Ornament-City]
Poster section at the 27th conference of German Art Historians in Leipzig, 2003.


WEBSITES


ornamentalesentwerfen - Systemtheoretische Beobachtungen architektonischer Entwurfsstrategien - Eine Website 
[ornamentaldesigning - Systems-theoretical observations on architectural design strategies]
2000.
>>> Summary (in German): baunetz.de


LECTURES


08.11.2017 Berlin
Der Historical BioData Explorer: Historische Texte, Bilder und Objekte neu erforschen
EVA Conference Berlin: Digitally Remastered – Kulturerbe und Virtualität, with Anika Schultz and Philipp Schröter.

19.10.2017
Malaga
ID+ - Modelling Interdisciplinarity
3. Annual Conference of the Hispanic Digital Humanities: Sociedades, políticas y saberes, with Anika Schultz and Christian Stein.

30.06.2017
Berlin
ID+Lab - Interdisziplinarität modellieren
Netzwerktag des Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V.

19.07.2016 Berlin
ID+ - Eine Interdisziplinaritäts-Modellierung
[ID+ - A Model of Interdisciplinarity]
Lunchtalk at Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung - Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In cooperation with Christian Stein.

24.02.2015 Berlin
Historische Strukturuntersuchungen im Labor - Ein Forschungsbericht
(Historical Structural Investigations in the Laboratory - A Research Report)
Lunchtalk at Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung - Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In cooperation with Friederike Saxe.

13.12.2014 Berlin
Architectured Materials. Von der Produktionsbedingung zum Gestaltungsprodukt
(Architectured Materials. From production-condition to design-product)
Lecture at 1th Architectural Science Forum "Production-conditions of architecture between Autonomy and Heteronomy" at Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin.

15.11.2014 Berlin
mauern - Wissensstrukturen und Strukturwissen der Architektur
(masoning - Knowledge Structures and Structure Knowledge of Architecture)
Lecture at the annual conference
of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung - An interdisciplinary Laboratory.

24.01.2014 Templin
Material - Struktur - Operation
(Material - Structure - Operation)
Lecture
at Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung - An interdisciplinary Laboratory.

18.01.2014 Innsbruck
Architectural Form and Ornamental Rules
Lecture at symposium „Form – Rule | Rule - Form“ at Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Konstruktion und Gestaltung.

06.01.2014 Berlin
Ornatektonik – Gestaltungsprinzipien der Systemtheorie zwischen Architektonik und Ornamentik
(Ornatektonik – Principles of Gestaltung of System Theory between Architectonics and Ornamentality)
Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute Theaterwissenschaften.

21.01.2013 Berlin
Parametrischer Digital-Barock
(Parametric Digital-Baroque)
Lecture at the departement of Architectural Theory at Technische Universität Berlin.

27.11.2012 Berlin
Historical Structural Investigations in the Laboratory
Lunchtalk at Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung - Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In cooperation with Friederike Saxe.

30.09.2011 Krems an der Donau
Vom Ornament zum Ornamentalen. Vom Ästhetischen zum Kognitiven
(From Ornament to the Ornamental. From Aesthetics to Cognition)
Lecture at the 16th conference of the association of Austrians art historians.

12.03.2011 Santiago de Chile
Ornament and Evolution
Guest lecture at Universidad Católica de Chile.

09.07.2010 Berlin
Architekturtheorie entwerfen. Zur Provokation einer Sinnsuche
(Designing Architecture Theory. The Provocation of the Search for Sense)
bda-stadtsalon "Theory of Architecture"

27.06.2010 Einsiedeln
Das Ornament der Mathesis universalis
(The Ornament of the Mathesis universalis)
International baroque summer course of the "Library Werner Oechslin" foundation.

01.06.2010 Bozen
Neues Programm und alte Funktion. Zum Verhältnis von Ornamentalität und Strukturalität im neuen Ornament
(New Programme and old Function. The Relation of Ornamentality and Structure in the New Ornament)
Conference "Digital. Material. Structural. Ornament Today".

22.01.2010 Kopenhagen
Artistic Ornamentation between Natural and Artificial Evolution
International conference "The Artwork between Technology and Nature"

21.11.2009 München
Ornamentaler Strukturalismus. Vom Rhythmus zur Evolution als Zukunft des Strukturalismus
(Ornamental structuralism. From Rhythm to Evolution - the Future of Structuralism)
International symposium "Structuralism in Architecture and Urbanism - reloaded".

15.01.2009 Frankfurt am Main
Vier Dimensionen des Ornamentalen
(The Four Dimensions of Ornamentality)
Discussion forum "Ornament als Versprechen" by the AIT.

10.10.2008 Stuttgart
Architektonische Konkretion als Formproblem
(Architectural Concretion as a Problem of Form)
International convention of the German Society of Semiotics.

27.06.2008 Hamburg
Ornament und Entwurf. Ein formentheoretisches Modell
(Ornament and Design - A form-theoretical Model)
Hamburg Graduiertenforum "Das Ornamentale in der Entwurfspraxis der Moderne".

16.11.2007 Köln
BauKunstKommunikation
(ArchitecturalArtCommunication)
Conference "Aisthesis und Medium. (In-)Differenzen der Beobachtung von Kunstkommunikation".

CONFERENCES


19.03.2014 Potsdam
Re-Inventing Design in the Spirit of Biomaterials

Organisation and moderation at the conference "Bio-inspired Materials" in Potsdam.


WORKSHOPS


30.06.2017 Berlin
Das Wissen im Netzwerk
Netzwerktag des Netzwerks Architekturwissenschaft e.V., zusammen mit Gernot Weckherlin.

26.10.2016 Berlin
Gleiten, schlängeln, strudeln - Von den ersten Tiefseeexpeditionen zu aktuellen Forschungsfragen
(Sliding, Winding, Whirling - From Deep Sea Expeditions to Recent Research Questions)
Workshop in context of the exhibition +ultra. knowledge and gestaltung at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin.

15.01.2015 Berlin
Mikroarchitekturen in der Architektur
(Microarchitectures in Architecture)
Workshop
at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung - Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

28.03.2014 Berlin
Rundgespräch zur Bestimmung einer Architekturwissenschaft
(Roundtable for designating an "Architectural Science")

Workshop and roundtable with Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V.

26.06.2013 Berlin
Interdisziplinäre Kollaboration

(Interdisciplinary Collaborations)
Workshop at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung - An interdisciplinary Laboratory.


20.06.2013 Berlin
»wer wie was - warum?«
(»WHO HOW WHAT - WHY?«)
Workshop at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung - An interdisciplinary Laboratory.


MODERATIONS


25.06.2015 Berlin
The Fabric of Architecture
Moderation at the workshop
"The Fabric of Architecture. Digital Structures, Operations and Institutions" at UdK Berlin.

05.11.2011 Basel, Switzerland
Wissenschaftliche Vermittlung des Entwerfens
(Scientific Mediation of Designing)
Moderation at the conference "wissenschaft entwerfen. Vom forschenden Entwerfen zur Entwurfsforschung der Architektur", organized from eikones NFS Bildkritik.


COMPETITIONS



04.07.2013 Berlin
Schließen/Öffnen - Aufgabe einer Grenze
(Closing/Opening - Threshold Tasks)
Application for Architecture Biennale 2014 in Venice in cooperation with Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft.


GUEST PROFESSORSHIPS


Winter term 2013/14
»Diversity of Knowledge«
Interdisciplinary study programme for B.A. students from all faculties in context of the bologna.lab at
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


LECTURE COURSES


Winter term 2013/14
In the Maze of Knowledge. On Structures, Labyrinths and Thickets.
Lecture course in context of the guest professorship
»Diversity of Knowledge« at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


SEMINAR COURSES


Winter term 2016/17
Interdisciplinary Competence
Seminar course with exercise and laboratory tutorial in context of the interdisciplinary master "Open Design" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires in Berlin. Co-teaching with C. Stein (HU).

Winter term 2015/16
Do you matter? Perception, communication and transformation
Seminar course with exercise and laboratory tutorial in context of the interdisciplinary master "Open Design" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires in Berlin. Co-teaching with C. Stein (HU) and E. Longinotti(UBA).

Winter term 2013/14
schließen/öffnen. Eine interdisziplinäre Perspektive auf die architektonische Grundoperatio
(
Closing/Opening. An Interdisciplinary Perspective on basic Operations in Architecture)
Seminar course in context of the guest professorship »Diversity of Knowledge« at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Winter term 2012/13
Der ornamentale Code. Form und Funktion von Ornamentalität in der digitalen Kultur
(The ornamental Code. Form and Function of Ornamentality in digital Culture)

Seminar course at the Institut for Cultural Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Summer term 2012
Parametrismus: Extrem-Funktionalismus oder Digital-Barock? Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme
(
Parametricism: Extreme Functionalsm or Digital Baroque? A Critical Survey)
Seminar course at the Department of Architecture Theory at TU Berlin.

Winter term 2011/12
entwerfen, schreiben, denken. Entwurfsforschung und Selbstreflexion
(Designing, Writing, Thinking. Design Research and Self-reflection)
Seminar course at
the Department of Architecture Theory at TU Berlin.


CONTACT
mail@duerfeld.de