Color has always been an essential means of expression in architecture. It has gradually lost its significance via the universal white box. Both in practice and in teaching, we have lost the sensitivity for color as well as the knowledge of its use and possibilities.
Therefore, it is our concern to place color at the centre of our discourse and to bring it back to mind. Through an exhibition, a symposium and a publication, we want to collect the most diverse positions, approaches and working methods of architectural offices in relation to the topic of color.
Addressing this topic the exhibition will feature works by Nuno Melo Sousa, Michael Reindel, Institut Vierzehn, Nikola Hergovich, Rafał Śliwa and HPO as well as 90 contributions from international architecture offices. In addition a lecture series, which will take place at the 20th January, will provide deeper insights to the topic. On the 24th of January, a symposium will give another way of looking at color. The edition will culminate in a publication, print and online, which will be released in autumn 2023.
Exhibition opening: Thu, 12.01., 6 p.m.
Exhibition: Fri, 13.01. - Sat, 28.01., 2 - 6 p.m.
Thinking within Colors - Lecture series: Fri, 20.01., from 3 p.m. (click "More" for detailed program)
Symposium: Tue, 24.01., from 6 p.m. (click "More" for detailed program)
Thinking within Colors - Lecture series
Fri, 20 January 2023
15:10 Tool to read, tool to write
15:30 Colour to the City
Rebekka Hirschberg und Anna Jäger
15:50 A space which avoids color
16:10 i live in the house with blue roof
16:30 Colors in contemporary urban praxis
16:50 Wir malen uns einen Raum
17:30 Das schwindelerregende Universum von Karl Gerstner und Vilem Flusser
18:10 Colouring of local architectures
18:30 Reading Donald Judd from Florence
18:50 Poly 40 Fire Retardant 2500M Green
Adna Babahmetović und Ajna Babahmetović
Tue,24 January 2023
Claudia Cavallar and Jan de Vylder, Moderated by Alex Lehnerer
Luca Tommasi is a PhD and licensed architect. Former teaching assistant at Politecnico di Bari from 2016 to 2022, between 2020 and 2021 he has been guest lecturer and researcher at the TU Eindhoven, in the “Rational architecture” research group led by Christian Rapp. He is regularly invited to international workshops and exhibitions, and currently lives and works in Bari.
Rebekka Hirschberg studied architecture at TU Graz, ENSAP Lille and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She then completed the MAS in History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich. She has worked in architectural offices in Zurich and Graz, Hong Kong University and ETH Zurich, among others. Since 2020, she has been working on the research project "Cooperative Conditions. A Primer on Architecture, Finance and Regulation" on Zurich housing cooperatives. She lives and works in Vienna.
Anna Jäger studied architecture and design at the TU Graz, the Angewandte Wien and the Iceland Academy of Arts. She is interested in researching, designing and creating diverse living and urban spaces. She has been able to pursue this interest in various projects, such as the "Studierendenhaus Basel" by Duplex Architekten, the exhibition "Catalogue of Possibilities" by feld72 or in research projects at the Institute for Urban Planning at TU Graz. She lives and works in Graz.
Together with three other colleagues, Anna Jäger and Rebekka Hirschberg founded the collective wohnlabor in 2018. Since then, the collective has dedicated itself to shaping discourse around the topic of housing - in exhibition contributions, events and publications. The focus is on the question of how we can live urban, communal, socially relevant, affordable, ecological and architecturally valuable lives in the future.
Rafał Śliwa, architect, co-curator of the Trouble in Paradise, exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, co-founder of PROLOG present until 2022, currently practices at Christian Kerez Office in Milan. He studied architecture in Portugal and Poland, at the University of Minho in Guimarães, the University of Coimbra, the University of Porto and completed the Master’s thesis at the Wrocław University of Technology, investigating the relationship between the architecture of the city and education. He worked for offices in Poland and Portugal on competitions and concept designs.
INSTITUT VIERZEHN was founded in 2022 at Graz University of Technology and is a student collective from the fields of architecture, art, urban planning and crafts. It cannot be traced back to individual persons, but sees itself as a space for the joint development of topics. We are dedicated to current issues in architecture and see ourselves as a supplement to the curriculum. In doing so, we do not claim comprehensive, complete knowledge as a basis. Through trial and error, experimentation and free work, we engage in teaching ourselves and rely on the accumulated (half-) knowledge of students. Exchange and teaching take place at Institut Vierzehn in the form of workshops, exhibitions, lectures and discussions and are thus also intended to create a dialogue between different professions.
HPO is a community of architects based in Ferrara, Italy. Founded in 2017 to escape academic boundaries and face the labour market, HPO has since worked across different scales of intervention keeping a collaborative and performative attitude, while addressing multiple spatial issues through events, design and architecture.
Franziska Hederer studied architecture in Austria and the Netherlands and is Associate Professor at Institute Raum und Gestalt. In 2015 with her work 'At the Oscillating Margins of Architecture', she habilitated in the field of spatial perception and experimental design. She has taught and lectured at the TU Liverpool, University of Antwerp, KTH Stockholm, University of Madeira, and University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Adam Sherman studied architecture at Harvard University and structural engineering at Columbia University. Since 2021 he has been part of the research unit “Gestaltungslehre und Entwerfen” at the TU Wien.
Adam has practiced with a number of internationally recognized firms, including SO – IL and OMA, and most recently he has worked with the architectural office ANY in New York.
Marina Montresor (Verona, 1992) studied architecture at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio.
She has worked for Christian Kerez in Zurich and Made In in Geneva and has collaborated with the magazine Domus in Milano. Together with Stephan Lando, Marina has published Defining Criteria (Quart Verlag, 2018) and in 2019 started the office Gradient. Since 2018 she is involved in teaching and research within the Chair of Architectural Design Charbonnet-Heiz at the ETH Zurich, where she is responsible for the master thesis. In 2020 Marina started her PhD investigating verticality in Los Angeles, supervised by Prof. François Charbonnet.
Ajna Babahmetović, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, studied architecture at TU Graz. Her thesis investigated spatial manifestations of migration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, research whose results have been published on failedarchitecure and drawingmatter, among others. She has worked at Riegler Riewe Architects and EderArch and is currently practicing architecture at the Atelier Frühwirth in Graz and teaching an elective on Raum und Gestalt Institute. Together with her twin sister Adna she works on competitions and other forms of architectural production.
Adna Babahmetović, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, studied architecture at TU Graz where she graduated on the topic of housing, memories and housing memories under Prof. Alex Lehnerer. During her studies she worked for various architecture offices including eep Architekten in Graz, Austria and SLETH Architects in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently based in Vienna, working for Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten and has been involved with teaching an elective at the Raum und Gestalt Institute at TU Graz. Together with her twin sister Ajna she works on competitions, and other forms of architectural production.