Series of Lectures: Work and Reconstruction - Two architectural Models of Friedrich Kiesler

at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna
Mariahilfer Strasse 1b/Top 1
1060 Vienna

Monday, October 1st, 2007

18: 00
Alexander Laber: A reconstruction of the 'Endless House', 1959.

18: 30
Harald Krejci: Kiesler's 'Endless House' in the context of american architecture.

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

18: 00
Dieter Bogner: At the beginning there was reconstruction.

18: 45
Eva Diem and Markus Pillhofer: Kiesler's 'City in Space' at the Biennale in Venice 2006.

The topics of the lectures are referring to two important works of the Austro-American artist, architect and designer Friedrich Kiesler: his 'City in Space' (1925) model and the project 'Endless House' (1959). In both works Kiesler is dealing with a process-oriented unity of sculptural form and functional coherence of modern architecture.

The art history and cultural studies has rediscovered the work of Kiesler in the early nineties and identifies it as an important key work of modern architecture in the 20th century. From scientific and artistic view the reconstruction of mostly destroyed or inaccessible architectural models and design-objects plays a decisive role. By means of this knowledge science gains an analytic instrument and applied arts are able to compare historical form finding processes with contemporary strategies.


Series of Lectures: Cross Over Kiesler

The Chair of Architectural History and Theory and Prof. Liane Lefaivre, in collaboration with the Friedrich and Lillian Kiesler Privatstiftung and Wittmann, are organizing a series of lectures about Friedrich Kiesler. 


Lecture: Joseph Cory, Updating Modernism – The i-rise in Dessau

The i-rise won the 3rd prize in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2005 and was published in the last issue of Japan Architect. This single family dwelling unit is now among the finalists in the 4th international Bauhaus award that will be held in Dessau on the 25th of March. The lecture will show Cory & Malka proposal on how to update modernism in a sustainable era by planting the i-rise along side the Gropius Director’s House in Dessau.

Architect Joseph Cory won several international idea competitions, teaches Creative Design and Untold Architectural History in Israel Institute of Technology in Israel and currently writing his dissertation on the 'Attempts to Transform the Surrealist Dream into an Architectural Reality'.


Friedrich Kiesler and Maurizio Sacripanti
Analysis of an atypical delayed parallelism

Lecture by Alfonso Giancotti

The roman architect Alfonso Giancotti (prior assistant of Sacripanti) is speaking about the idea of architecture as an oscillogram, which shows both static and mobile structures. The “city in the head” of Maurizio Sacripanti gives reason to relate his artistic concepts to the design of the Austro-American architect Friedrich Kiesler.
December 15, 2005, 7 p.m. in the Kiesler Foundation Vienna

Lecture: Stephen Phillips, Creative Evolution – Becoming Kiesler

With its temporal structures, fleeting images, emergent forms, indeterminate boundaries, mobile-flexible typologies, and rhythmic unfolding constructions -contemporary architecture is striving towards an endless state of becoming a continuous ensemble in duration (durée).
This presentation will explore twentieth-century perceptions of time and motion influencing contemporary computer generated design practices through focused analysis of works by the architect Frederick Kiesler, among others.

Stephen Phillips, AIA is a California architect and PhD Candidate at Princeton University, New Jersey. He teaches design at University of California, Berkeley and history and theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Symposium: Twelve Years of Folding. Deleuze and the IT-Revolution in Architecture

A body of writings by Peter Eisenman and the essays collected in Greg Lynn’s “Folding in Architecture” (AD Profile, 1993) prompted a critical turn in architectural thought in the early 1990s. This symposium will consider the sources, contexts, influences, and legacies of these seminal texts, including the reception of deconstructivism, Deleuze’s theory of the Baroque “fold” the hegemony of the mathematics of calculus in the technological environment of the time, and the first formal avatars of the digital revolution in architectural design.

Hop, Skip, and Jump: A Chronogram of Eisenman's Thinking
Kurt Forster, architectural historian and critic, CH/I

Peter Eisenman, architect, USA 

Folding in Architecture, 1993; Its Premises and Aftermath
Stan Allen, architect, USA
Mario Carpo, architectural historian, I/F
Greg Lynn, architect, USA
Marco Panza, philosopher I/F
Antonino Saggio, architect and critic, I
Symposium organized by the Kiesler Foundation, Vienna in cooperation with Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal and the MAK, Vienna.
With friendly support of the Italian Culture Institute, the American-Austrian Society, and bogner.cc.

Lecture: Architecture in the Age of Pliancy

Mario Carpo, Consultant Head of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and Associate Professor at the Ecole d’architecture de Paris-La Villette, is speaking about the influence of digital technology – with it’s critical theory and it’s irrational ardor – on the construction of the last decades of the previous century.

Symposium: Framemakers. Choreography as an Aesthetics of Change
13. Mai – 12. Juni 2005, in Limerick

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Kiesler works on an Endless House Model, ca. 1959
© Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation

Architectural Design, „Folding in Architecture“, 63, 3-4, London 1993 and 2004 © Wiley and Sons, London

Greg Lynn, Alessi Tea and Coffee Towers, 2003 © Greg Lynn / Form