Attention: the module will be ONLINE only.

The Module ‚Emerging Fields in Architecture‘ imparts knowledge about the latest research, design and development in research disciplines beyond mainstream architectural topics.  In this module we encourage discussion and ideas that go radically beyond the traditional way of thinking. Our goal is to trigger a process of re-thinking and finding solutions to design challenges using an interdisciplinary approach. In particular:

  • Knowledge transfer of latest research and potential future fields of research.
  • Higher qualification through integrative know-how from emerging occupational fields
  • Discussion of creative processes leading to innovation
  • The ability to meet design challenges fundamentally in its interdisciplinary context


For the winterterm 2021, we will look for and trace the topic of ‘essentials’ from various angles throughout the module.

  • ‘Fiction’ and ‘Realization’ of architectural designs and their development process
  • Latest developments and research in material science and design/construction
  • Buildings in extreme environments will be discussed according to their design strategy, construction and material selection as well as their functional usability
  • Architectural structures are introduced, that adapt to certain parameters during lifetime. Examples are the adaption to different environments, weather or light conditions as well as adaptation to the user himself.


first meeting
Mo. 11.10.2021, 10:00 - 11:00, via zoom

Modul coordination: Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger (


All lectures take place via Zoom. Registered students find the Zoom link in TUWEL.
Some of the lectures take place also as livebroadcast via Youtube. Guests can book a (free) space via  eventbrite. Lectures are in English or German.

  [attention the dates are updated continuously]

Mo.11.10. 10:00 Introduction | Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger und Verena Holzgethan
  16:30 [Extreme Architecture] Project Olympus | Melodie Yashar (ICON) - Lecture in English
Mi.13.10. 9:00 [Adaptive Architecture] architektur pur | Alexander Hagner (Gaupenraub)
  11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Gebäudeintegrierte Pflanzenanbausysteme | Paul Zabel (DLR)
  17:00 [Extreme Architecture] Sustainable Moon | Madhu Thangavelu (University of Southern California) - Lecture in English
Mo.18.10. 9:00 [Materials and Technologies] Cement-Based Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing  | Alexander Karaivanov (Baumit Austria, ITI)
  16:30 [Materials and Technologies] Vernacular Systems and innovative Ideas | Paolo Caratelli (Abu Dhabi University, UAE)  - Lecture in English
Mi.20.10. 9:00 [Mediated Architecture] Einführung und Diskussion | Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger und Verena Holzgethan
  11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Freiformflächen - Von der Planung bis zum Bau | Markus Planteu (HB2, TU Wien)
  13:00 [Materials and Technologies] Konstruktion und Optimierung | Peter Bauer (ITI, werkraum wien)
  16:00 [Extreme Architecture] Moon Village | Georgi Petrov and Daniel Innocente (SOM New York)  - Lecture in English
Mi.27.10. 9:00 [Materialdatenbank] Einführung und Diskussion der gewählten Materialien | San- Hwan Lu
  13:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Re-Use | San-Hwan Lu
Mi.3.11. 09:00 [Logic of Discovery] Simon Güntner (Soziologie, TU Wien)
  11:00 [Mediated Architecture] Interviewtechnik | Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger und Verena Holzgethan
[Extreme Architecture] Building in Antarctica | Hugh Broughton (Hugh Broughton Architects)  - Lecture in English
Mi.10.11. 11:00 [Logic of Discovery] ARCHITEKTUR UND ... Künstlerische Praxis. Das Lernen sich Zeit zu nehmen | Christine Hohenbüchler
  16:00 [Materials and Technologies] Computergestützte Bioforschung | Sebastian Fuerthauer (Simons Foundation, TU Wien)
Mi.17.11. 9:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Lived Space and Everyday Life | Sabine Knierbein (TU Skuor)
  13.00 [Logic of Discovery] ARCHITEKTUR UND … Natur. Prototypen für die grüne Stadt | Gerhard Steixner
Mi.24.11. 11:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Robotic Architecture | Henriette Bier (TU Delft)  - Lecture in English
  13:00 [Logic of Discovery] Architecture and … Serendipity | Space Echos (Ralo Mayer)
  16:00 [Materials and Technologies] Bauen mit nachhaltigen Rohstoffen - am Beispiel Bambus | Daniel Schürr (HB2, TU Wien)
Mi.1.12. 9:00 [Mediated Architecture] Aufnahme und Schnitttechnik in a Nut Shell |Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Verena Holzgethan
  11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Vertical Farming - Towards a new building typology | Daniel Podmirseg
  13:00 [Adaptive Architecture] BASEhabitat - Architecture for Change | Siegfried Attender (University of Art and Design Linz, BASEhabitat)
  16:00 [Extreme Architecture] Off-Earth Masterplan | Marc Guberman, Irena Gallou, Orla Punch (Foster + Partners) - Lecture in English
Mo.6.12. 9:00 [Logic of Discovery] …  Vera Bühlmann (ATTP, TU Wien)
Mo.13.12 9:00 [Materials and Technologies] Data, Tech and Technologies | Katja Schechtner (OECD, MIT)
Mi.15.12 13:00 [Materials and Technologies] Exosystem and Sustainable (Waste) Water Treatment | Heinz Gattringer (Alchemia - Nova)
Mo.17.01 9:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Lived Space and Everyday Life | Sabine Knierbein (TU Skuor)


253.370 Lecture // obligatory course in module “Emerging Fields in Architecture” // 1.5 ECTS // WS

Identification of buildable structural applications and their implications for construction issues, form and function in order to aid decision-making (reasoning for what and when) in their own projects.


Architectural structures are introduced that adapt to certain parameters during their lifetime. Examples are the adaptation to different environments, weather or light conditions and adaptation to the users themselves. e.g. kinematic architecture, pneumatic and inflatable architecture and interactive or adaptable architecture.


Henriette Bier, TU Delft

San-Hwan Lu, TU Wien

Kas Oosterhuis, ONL

Querkraft Architekten und Jung Ingenieure

Stefan Rutzinger und Kristina Schinegger, SOMA

Elisabeth Weiler, TU Wien