ARCHITECTURE AND ... Serendipity | Ralo Mayer

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Logic of Discovery : Space Echoes - Architecture, Storytelling and Serendipity

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Lecture by Paolo Caratelli

Architecture and … Serendipity. Space Echoes - Architecture, Storytelling and Serendipity

In the frame of the Module Emerging Fields in Architecture (++), HB2, TU Wien


Content: In 2018, I travelled to Japan to look for a tower by Metabolist architect Kiyonori Kikutake, which had inspired a fictional eco-spaceship. The tower was gone, but I found a curious device named Space Echo, a plan for a prison on the Moon, and a new meaning for the word unearthing. Along these and more stories, the presentation will explore the role of serendipity in artistic research and storytelling.


The module Emerging Fields in Architecture imparts current knowledge from new research fields in architectural and engineering disciplines, with the aim of dealing with current and future design challenges in a broader social context in an interdisciplinary and fundamental way. The lectures impart knowledge about different and interdisciplinary approaches to design, current developments and results of material and construction research, about planning and building under/in extreme conditions as well as about structures that change or develop due to changing parameters.

In this context, strategies for design (from the initial idea to implementation) are questioned in an interdisciplinary discourse, and the question of how the path from idea to realisation can be shaped and to what extent it is possible to be systematically creative is explored. In the practical part, an independent cross-thematic examination is to be carried out.

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Ralo Mayer is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Vienna. Based on performative research his long-term investigation of objects from Science Fiction, outer space, and earthly realities delineate “ecologies of contemporary history” as multilayered storytelling in installation, film, performance, and text. Mayer has presented his work at international exhibitions, conferences, and film festivals, and has been awarded several scholarships and prizes.

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