A STUDY FOR A COLOR CLOCK
Studio History, Theory & Criticism
Academy of FIne Arts Vienna
5th Semester 2012 (BArch)
with Lukas Wulz
Professor: Angelika Schnell, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Assistant: Eva Sommeregger,Dipl.-Ing.MA
The History, Theory & Criticism semester was dedicated completely to the research on the architectural design process by looking at one draw- ing with the means of different research methods in relation to the work of Frederick Kiesler.
More specifically the Endless House project and the study for a Colour Clock. Kiesler has been “rediscovered” and recognized by the broader public in the last 15 - 20 years, and the most publications about Kiesler’s work were released quite recently. Not only publications are a sign of
Kiesler ́s renaissance, but also contemporary projects that refer to Kiesler ́s explorations especially concerning the Endless House.
It seems that the architecture from the past century raised a lot of ques- tions that have to be answered in a radical way. Kiesler already saw this problem 50 years ago, and like a true philosopher encouraged us to always question the methods and ways architecture is created.
Through Kiesler ́s thinking we are investigating the fourth dimension in architecture. Our initial points of research are we ourselves. Because of our possibility to adapt to environmental conditions in architecture we are questioning the norms and rules in architecture that sometimes destruct creativity and limit our possibilities.
The final result of the semester is documented in a written work on Frederick Kiesler and an exhibition of the entire studio presenting a variety of studies on architectural drawings of different architects.
Also for the exhibition a pavilion like structure with a device that imitated the colour clock was installed to explore the ideas of Kiesler in full scale. All of the research was backed up by the The Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation and enabled us to have an insight into the original work of Kiesler.