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Concept - A Dialogic Instrument in Architectural Design


A Dialogic Instrument in Architectural Design
Carolin Stapenhorst

16.5 x 24 cm
208 pages, 65 ill.
ISBN 978-3-86859-364-8
Jovis Verlag

Concept—this is a key term in architectural discourse. However, all too often it is used imprecisely or merely for marketing purposes. What is a concept actually? This publication moves between design theory and design practice and follows the history of the definition of concept in architecture, leading to the formulation of a specifically instrumental and operative definition. It bases concept in architecture on its strategic potential in design decision-making processes. In the changing profession of the designing architect, decisions are increasingly made in multidisciplinary groups. Concept can serve as a dialogic instrument in the process, making it possible to process heterogeneous information from a range of spheres of knowledge. The effective presentation of selected information becomes a relevant interface in the design process, which has a significant influence on the quality of the design.


Urban Agriculture Europe

Architecture Urban Space
Frank Lohrberg / Lilli Licka / Lionella Scazzosi / Axel Timpe (eds.)

21 x 27.5 cm
256 pages with approx. 200 col.
EUR (D) 29.80
ISBN 978-3-86859-371-6
jovis Verlag

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities?
How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable? Urban Agriculture Europe is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about urban agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in eastern and southern Europe. The contributions
approach urban agriculture from the point of view of social science, the economy, agricultural ecology, and spatial planning and address the role of citizens, involved parties, and politics, as well as operational models and planning tools. Case studies
from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr metropolis allow a comparative view of European practice. Statements from involved parties and guidance for cities and regions round off the publication.


Urban Agriculture Europe


Candide No.8

Candide. Journal for Architectural Knowledge

Edited by Susanne Schindler, Andres Lepik, Axel Sowa, graphic design by Benjamin Critton
Series: Candide
German, English
2014. ca. 144 pp., ca. 30 ills.
17.00 x 24.00 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-3654-1
ISSN 1869–6465
Each issue costs 19.80 EUR (including postage); you will be billed with every issue

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Series A - Annual Report 20134 of the Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University, 2014, Aachen, 240 pages
vdf Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7281-3625-1, 20,00 €, (€ 5.00 for students of Faculty)

Topic: "The Knowledge and the Science of Architecture - Export with a Benefit"
In the past years, our Faculty has undertaken this import and export of architectural know-how and its accessory parts very successfully.This has been practiced both synthetically as well as analytically: Be it low-budget building projects for Africa or Tibet, providing the underprivileged population with a minimum of modern social facilities such as sport halls or kindergartens, or analyses of urbanism and its history in Asian metropolises, or the conception and planning of a Faculty of Construction Engineering in the Congo in Africa. A win-win situation in all cases: We – meaning not only our Faculty of Architecture but including all researchers of architecture in the industrialized and highly civilized world who cooperate with other cultures in the same way - get involved in an international exchange of knowledge and experience. We import and demonstrate the usage of industrialized building technology in terms of material and processing and learn about centuries-old construction methods and their advantages. We experience urban self-education processes in developing countries and introduce our planning and communication methods. We use digital recording and measuring tools and become acquainted with building structures, urban structures and infrastructures of forgotten cultures.

In addition, we show - as usual - the best examples of the design work of our students and the diverse teaching and research activities of our Faculty.


Candide No.7

The 7th issue of the journal 'Candide', published by Hatje Cantz appears right on time for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The crisis of social housing at the beginning of the 1970s is the focal point of this issue.
Content PDF
The new edition is available from mid October in the Aachen bookstore Pontstraße 39.
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ISSN 1869–6465
ISBN 978–3–7757–3544–5


Between Rhine-Ruhr and Maas

Pioneer of the Industralization - Workshop of the Industrial Culture

The book is the publication of the conference series "Industrial Culture", which was carried out, amongst others, by the Department of Historic Building Conservation of the RWTH in the last semesters.

Walter Buschmann (editor)
Zwischen Rhein-Ruhr und Maas
Pionierland der Industrialisierung – Werkstatt der Industriekultur
Erschienen am 26.04.2013, ab sofort im Buchhandel erhältlich.
424 Seiten, zahlr. farb. Abb., 39,95 €
ISBN: 978-3-8375-0598-6

In the great industrial history of West Germany, quickened by neigboring Belgium, particularly the Ruhr region stands out - also the future flagship of industrial culture in North Rhine-Westphalia. The prominent position of the Ruhr area with regard to the conservation of great industrial buildings often obscures the significance of other regions in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is only rarely appreciated that pre-industrial and early industrial centers of the Eifel and the Bergisches Land also have contributed to West German business and industrial history. The major cities of the country – especially Cologne, the birthplace of the Otto engine – had a great share in the industrial history. In these cities and regions, protection and maintenance of industrial monuments was often started by private initiatives. The private investments in industrial monuments – from the copper courts in Stolberg to the buildings of the textile industry in Aachen to the factories in Cologne-Mülheim/North – have been and still are a major contribution to the industrial culture of the country. This volume provides a diverse survey of how the industrial heritage has been handled in West Germany and the neighboring regions in Belgium and the Netherlands.


"Aachen after 1945 : Facts and Debates on Reconstruction",
Scientific writings at the Faculty of Architecture, volume 10,

Axel Sowa I Ariane Wilson
Department of Theory of Architecture
(Univ. Prof. Dipl. Ing. Axel Sowa)
RWTH Aachen Templergraben 49, 52064 Aachen
In cooperation with Michael Prömpeler

187 pages, 18 €
Publisher Freunde des Reiff- Aachen 2013
ISBN 978-3-936971-30-9 ISSN 1437-1774
Under the guidance of the Department of Theory of Architecture, RWTH Aachen students have traced historical issues. The book collects the results of their research on the reconstruction of the city of Aachen after 1945.


*** Candide No. 6 ***