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Julian Brües and Philip Sternath

The 85 submissions from international offices establish a framework for six contributions with specific reference to models. Our co-authors and interview partners were specifically selected for their diverse positionings within architectural discourse. It was important to us to develop a publication in collaboration both with students and people on various rungs of the career ladder in the everyday world of architecture. There should be as many standpoints as possible represented, so as not to publish a book coming out of the bubble, for the bubble.

“Burning Down the House” is a contribution written by Prof. Alex Lehnerer on the basis of a design method to determine a dialogic dependence between thinking and building. From the exile of his modelmaking workshop, he voices an unequivocal connection of the model to the physical world. By setting fire to structural models in scale 1:10, he and students of the ETH attempted to grasp the existence of working models. The credo being: build, burn, sketch—constant reconstruction as working method.

In the essay “Garten am Brand” (eng. “Garden on fire”) Katarina Hollan and Leonhard Panzenböck show how a garden can float in the interaction between models and projection surfaces for individual assumptions. As a project, “Garten am Brand” makes the central hall of a former villa visible again through nature. A garden in 1:1 scale not only makes us into observers of a spatial construct; we also become visitors to a scene at the same time. Discussed in this contribution is the simultaneity of garden and model, of the natural and the artificial.

“Models Limit.” is a text by Ellena Ehrl and Tibor Bielicky about how a memory of a model has had an effect on their own ways of working. A memory that was probably still more romantic than the actual model by the artist Alex Schöpfel. The two demonstrate a greater interest in the ambiguity that can be summoned by such a memory. Overlaying as a ques- tion for the representation of the architectural industry.

Jasmin Monschein and Marry-Ann Lackner reflect on a design semester in their architectural studies in the text “Twilight—From Machine to Figure”. Within this framework, they looked for other possibilities for building models. Everyday objects became a repository of architectural elements for their design. The model as a puzzle image and impulse for one’s own will to design. Between the dismantling and reassembling they confront sight, recognition, comprehension, examination and application. A personal account of a personal design.

Whether making or making mistakes, perfectionism and imprecision or seduction and intention. Gosia Olchowska and Julian Brües discuss several points in their conversation, which will have occurred to all of us at some point during the creation of a model. Gosia’s work aligns itself within the interdisciplinary field between art and architecture. The exchange and interaction of different tools informs her modelmaking in a very particular way. An interview on the backs, the substructure and the representations of models.

Julian Brües is an architect. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Technical University Graz (Austria) and his Master of Arts from ZHAW (Swit- zerland). He has worked for offices such as Lederer Ragnasdottir Oei (Stuttgart) and FurrerJud (Zurich). Since March 2020 he has been working as a university assistant at Institut Raum und Gestalt. His research and teaching are focused on “the readability of force” in the field of structure and expression. In 2020, he received the Start Scholarship for Architecture and Design, with which he founded ‘Diskursiv’, an association for architectural research.

Philipp Sternath is a cultural economist, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Karl-Franzens University (Austria) and a MA of Arts & Culture from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). His research focuses on the areas of creative industries, with a specific interest for the architectural sector. Therefore, he is part of an association, who especially explores the cultural tensions in this field of practice and tries to expose them with exhibitions as well as publications.


A forum series that temporarily exposes current and practical architectural fields of tension and then permanently preserves them. This takes place in an analogue environment by means of exhibitions and publications. The focus is on the internal problem areas of architecture, which are to be dealt with in an interdisciplinary framework. Their subsequent presentation is to serve as a starting point for solutions and methodically open up further fields of discussion.

Adna Babahmetović
Ajna Babahmetović
Julian Brües
Michael Hafner
Katharina Hohenwarter
Philipp Sternath

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