Digitale Standards. Eine kurze Geschichte der Gebäudedatenmodellierung

Im Fokus dieses Essays steht der Ansatz des digitalen information modeling und seine geschichtliche Entwicklung in der Architektur zum Phänomen BIM, also zum Building Information Modeling, zu Deutsch Gebäudedatenmodellierung. Diese Entwicklung hat zahlreiche Vorgeschichten[1] und beginnt ein halbes Jahrhundert vor dem Auftauchen des Kürzels BIM in den Architekturdebatten ab etwa Mitte der 1990er-Jahre. Infos zum Artikel gibt es auf der Arch+homepage:,4994,1,0.html [1] Vgl. Matthew Poole, Manuel Shvartzberg: „Introduction“, in: Dies. (Hg.): The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture, London/New Delhi/New York 2015, S. 9

vor 1 Jahr

Building a theory on co-creating a Cyberpark: lessons learnt from the COST Action CyberParks and the Flussbad Project, Berlin

I have contributed an essay to the new anthology on the role of digital media in the formation of public space(s), together with Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Kai Dolata, and Marluci Menezes. More infos on the book can be found on the website of the publisher: (in Portugese). Carlos Smaniotto Costa und Konstantinos Ioannidis, Eds., The Making of the Mediated Public Space (Lissabon: Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, 2017).

vor 2 Jahren

On the formalization of architectural composition in Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Abstract (t.b.c.!) for The Grammar of Things, 20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, June 14-17, 2017, TU-Darmstadt, Germany BIM is the attempt to unify the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings by way of an integrated digital BIM-model representing both formal and semantical properties of the building. One key idea in the implementation of this goal – of which today exist quite a few competing approaches – is the concept of transformational grammars. Under this concept, architecture is modeled as consisting of atomic elements or types which can be composed under explicit transformation rules either in a forward or backward chaining manner, i.e. either generatively or analytically.…

vor 3 Jahren

Corporate urban furniture, space, and money

Artistic research for the project Hacking Urban Furniture at ZK/U, Berlin-Moabit The basic idea is a Marx-inspired socio-economic analysis of spatial patterns of corporate urban furniture; albeit in a more empirico-practical or artistic research way. The idea is to try to break down the financial figures of corporate urban furniture to the single instances of the street furniture typology in Berlin. This could be pursued either through a systematic top-down theoretical approach or by something like a ‚financial biography‘ of single urban furniture pieces in a bottom-up fashion. The aim of the research is to think about a way – theoretically and artistically – to attach appropriate ‚price-tags‘ on the…

vor 3 Jahren

PRISM — Freiheit in der digitalen Gegenwart

Team: Jonas Marx und das Akademieteam Braunschweig I Edward Snowden hat die Welt, in der wir leben, verändert. Durch seine Enthüllungen über die Aktivitäten der NSA und anderer Geheimdienste ist die grundlegendste Frage des Politischen zurück in das Zentrum der öffentlichen Debatten und Auseinandersetzungen gerückt: Wie wollen wir leben? Der Begriff, der dabei im Kurs im Zentrum steht, ist der Begriff der Freiheit. Wie ist es um die Freiheit bestellt in unserer Gegenwart, in der zunehmend alles (alle Kommunikation, aber auch alle Tätigkeiten insgesamt) digitalisiert und damit algorithmisch analysierbar wird? Kann man das Internet noch als utopischen Ort des freien Wissens und freier Kommunikation verstehen, wenn gleichzeitig durch diese Technik…

vor 5 Jahren

Architecture in Peirce’s Continuum

Continuity is one of the central conceptions in Peirce’s philosophy, even though―or precisely because―of “all conceptions Continuity is by far the most difficult for Philosophy to handle“1, as he stated in 1898 in his 8th Cambridge Lecture entitled The Logic of Continuity. Peirce, Charles Sanders. Reasoning and the Logic of Things: The Cambridge Conferences Lectures of 1898. Herausgegeben von Kenneth Laine Ketner. Cambridge  Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992, 242 [↩]

vor 6 Jahren

Architecture and the Invisible Hand

One of the main principles of capitalism (i.e. classical liberal economics) is to divide strictly between the production of goods and their consumption. After this principal dogma the ideal supply and demand situation of the free market can only be set up by clearing the relation between the consumer and the producer from all political, social, aesthetical, ethical etc. components. Only in a setting like this the invisible hand is capable of doing its job of distributing the wealth not only between singular, egoistic market participants, but also between common goods-oriented nations.

vor 7 Jahren

arch+ Out of Balance: GRID

Auch ich hab beim Wettbewerb von arch+ mitgemacht, zusammen mit Patrick und Jens von syntop. Gewonnen haben wir nicht^^, aber das soll mich nicht hindern, hier nochmal den Essay zu veröffentlichen, den wir für den Wettbewerb geschrieben haben. Für unseren Beitrag haben wir versucht, die Rolle des Informationsdesign heute — im zweiten digitalen Zeitalter — zu bestimmen, also das, wonach der Wettbewerb fragt, theoretisch und historisch einzuordnen. Der Essay ist hier in der arch+ veröffentlicht:,4110,1,0.html

vor 7 Jahren

Architecture without Ideas?! In Defence of Concepts

Essay for SAN ROCCO (Italy) on the role of concepts in architecture. it was published in issue 04 „Fuck Concepts! Context!“. For the whole issue see here (but only after reading my text of course^^):

vor 8 Jahren

Architecture machinae

Essay on the ‚object‘ of architectural theory The notion of ‘architecture machines’ has been around at least since the formation of the Architecture Machine Group [AMG] at the MIT. In the early days of digital design and fabrication, this group led by Nicholas Negroponte experimented with the construction of architecture machines as “all-purpose cybernetic design assistant[s]”[1. Mario Carpo, The Alphabet and the Algorithm, 1. Aufl., Writing Architecture (Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2011), 35.]. The sort of machines AMG had in mind were instruments to facilitate the design of architecture; in the course of development these machines were integrated also with the production of architecture by way of a digital chain.…

vor 8 Jahren

Wrecking Pendulum: The Digital Habitat and Urban Editing as Emerging Practice

Installation for The Anxious Prop Case 2: Have Balls [Eccentric] The destruction and replacement logic of urban planning that is obvious at Alexanderplatz and elsewhere is not unusual in urban planning. It is the result of different and deeply entangled historical developments; very often these developments are approached via a criticism of capitalistic positivism which subordinates ever more aspects of life under economically quantifiable patterns.

vor 10 Jahren

Urban Props

Urban props have the remarkable ability to simultaneously critique and destine the production of new urban design. They orient urban practice on all scales, from the smallest urban furniture to the over-regional master plan. They do so by being essentially open and indeterminate and, at the same time, providing a stable common framework.

vor 10 Jahren