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


This coming WS 2022 we are expanding our search for the ‘essentials’ towards future living in relation to the actual questions on climate, sustainability and humanity. Among other things, it is about the questions: What kind of future do we want to create? Which role(s) does architecture have in which context? What can / must architecture offer today? What can we learn from other disciplines? What visions are there and where do they lead? And what can / must be learned from the past for future projects?

  • ‘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
Wed. 05.10.2022, 10:00 - 11:00, room 206 (AC0230)

Modul coordination: Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger (


All lectures take place on site or 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]

mi. 05.10.2022 10:00-11:00 Modul Einführung
11:00-12:00 [Mediated Architecture] Einführung und Diskussion der möglichen Interviewpartner
mo. 10.10.2022 10:00-12:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Urban Change and a Way Forward … | Katja Schechnter
mi. 12.10.2022 9:30 - 12:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Landhaus für Unbehauste | Alexander Hagner (Gaupenraub)
mi. 19.10.2022 09:00-11:00  
11:00-13:00 [Materials and Technologies] Cement-Based Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing | Alexander Karaivanov
16:00-18:00 [Extreme Architecture] Human Sysmtems Integration at NASA | Jackelynne Silva-Martinez (JSC NASA)
mo. 24.10.2022 10:00 - 12:00 [Materials and Technologies] re:use und circular design in der Baukultur | Peter Kneidinger (Materialnomaden)
17:30 [Extreme Architecture] Space Habitats and Habitability | Designing for Isolated and Confined Environments on Earth and in Space | Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger and Sheryl Bishop
mo. 07.11.2022 9:00-11:00 [Mediated Architecture] Interviewtechnik and Q&A
16:00-18:00 [Logic of Discovery] Titel TBD - STEINBRENER / DEMPF & HUBER – Kunst
  19:00 Vortrag Kjetik Thorsen (Snøhetta) [recommendation]
di. 8.11.-10.11.   Forschungstag der Fakultät [recommendation]
Mi. 9.11.2022 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Vortrag Studierende: Werke von Werner Sobek und Diskussion
mo. 14.11.2022 12:00-14:00 [Materials and Technologies] Freiformflächen | Markus Planteu (HB2)
  16:00-18:00 [Logic of Discovery] Climate Change: Finding the 'agency to act' | Chris Rapley (UCL)
mi. 16.11.2022 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Geometrie, Tragwerk & Ressourcen | Peter Bauer (ITI TUWIEN, Werkraum)
16:00-18:00 [Extreme Architecture] | Daniel Inocente and Georgi Petrov (SOM New York)
mo. 21.11.2022 10:00-12:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Robotics in Architecture | Johannes Braumann (University of Arts and Design Linz)
  17:00-19:00 [Extreme Architecture] Adventures of an Interplanetary Architec | Xavier De Kestellier (Hassellstudio)
di. 22.11.2022 19:00-21:00 [Logic of Discovery] filmsalon: Werner Sobek mit Werner Sobek
mi. 23.11.2022 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Material Cycles in the Building Sector - Opportunities and Limitations |
Johann Fellner (TU Wien)
13:00-15:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Re:use | San-Hwan Lu (HB2)
16:00-18:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Survival Through Design | Raymond Neutra about Richard Neutra [E]
do. 24.11.2022 17:00 [Logic of Discovery] [Optional]  DURCH VERGIFTETE ZEITEN. MEMOIREN EINES NAZIBUBEN - Buchpräsentation der Autobiografie von Georg Friedrich Haas mit dem Autor und den Herausgebern Daniel Ender und Oliver Rathkolb
mo. 28.11.2022 10:00-12:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Versatility | Christoph Kaltenbrunner (Die Angewandte)
  16:00-18:00 [Logic of Discovery] | Philipp Blom
mi. 30.11.2022 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Bauen mit natürlichen Rohstoffen | Daniel Schürr (HB2)
11:00-13:00 [Mediated Architecture] Aufnahme und Schnitttechnik
16:00-18:00 [Logic of Discovery] | Beka & Lemoine
mo. 05.12.2022 09:00-11:00  
  16:00-18:00 [Extreme Architecture] Gravity, Space and Architecture | Ted W. Hall (University of Michigan)
di. 06.12.2022 19:00-21:00 [Logic of Discovery] filmsalon - Valie Export
mi. 07.12.2022 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] Gestaltungsprinzipien gekurvter Faltungen (Duks Koschitz, Pratt Institute)
13:00-15:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Adaptive Architecture | San-Hwan Lu (HB2)
mo. 12.12.2022 09:00-11:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Veränderung durch Räumliche Gerechtigkeit | Simon Güntner (TU Wien)
mi. 14.12.2022 09:00-11:00 [Extreme Architecture] Iguanas, Isolation, and Ideas | Agustin Chevez Bernaldo de Quiros (University of Melbourne)
11:00-13:00 [Extreme Architecture] Deployable Structures and Lunar Prototypes | Peter Weiss (Spartan Space)
mo. 09.01.2023 10:00-12:00 [Materials and Technologies] Vortrag Studierende: Werke von Shigeru Ban und Diskussion
di. 10.01.2023 19:00-21:00  
mi. 11.01.2023 09:00-11:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Gemeinschaftliche Wohnprojekte bauen | Robert Temel
11:00-13:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Prefab Houses | Gerhard Steixner
13:00-15:00 [Logic of Discovery] Stanzae Contrappostae | Vera Bühlmann (ATTP-TU Wien)
16:00-18:00 [Extreme Architecture] Building in Antarctica | Hugh Broughton
mo. 16.01.2023 09:00-11:00 [Materials and Technologies] 3D Druck mit Holz | Benjamin Kromoser (BOKU)
di. 17.01.2023 19:00-21:00 [Logic of Discovery] filmsalon - Shigeru Ban
mi. 18.01.2023 09:00-11:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Silke Fischer (HB2)
11:00-13:00 [Mediated Architecture] Q & A
13:00-15:00 [Adaptive Architecture] Gendergerechte Architektur | Sabina Riß (TU Wien)
mo. 23.01.2023 09:00-11:00  
di. 24.01.2023 19:00-21:00  
mi. 25.01.2023 09:00-11:00 [Mediated Architecture] Abgabe


253.369 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.


Extreme physical, social and / or psychological conditions challenge the architectural design and construction of a building. Buildings in extreme environments will be discussed in regard to their design strategy, construction and material selection as well as their functional usability. The architectural design approach and its realization in terms of planning and construction, choice of materials as well as its usability shall be discussed on the basis of built examples.


Sheryl Bishop, University of Texas Medical Branch

Christiane Ciardullo, SEARCH

Marc Cohen, Astrotecture

Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, TU Wien | space-craft Architektur

Fabien Cousteau and Yves Behar

Maria Perino, Thales Alenia Space

Brent Sherwood, Blue Origin

Robert Zubrin, Mars Society


SPECIAL GUEST:  Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy | Novespace / Air Zero G | ASE