Context and Form


We start with the assumption that in many areas of engineering sciences innovations are more likely to occur in the peripheral regions as in the centers of the disciplines. This approach applies to the contents, as well as to those methods of observation that fundamentally impact the contents. The field of competence addresses designing as a creative 'cultural technology’ for the generation of knowledge. By means of description, analysis and synthesis of external and internal conditions and intentions ('Context'), material, spatial and procedural surroundings providing the setting for human activity are created (‘Form’). This is used as a method for formulating and tackling hyper- complex questions.

The objective is the development of socially relevant questions and problems. On the one hand this is achieved through an intensified dialogue between engineers, architects, designers and artists; on the other hand by means of an experimental ‚hybridization’ of ‚Engineering’  methods and ‚Design’ methods, in order to promote interdisciplinary thought and development processes.  

The focus is on both the role of humans as recipients of technical solutions and as initiator and stimulator of creative processes. Also connected to this is the question how design methods and tools affect the design-relevant modalities of thought and action. As historical phenomena, creative processes are placed in a cultural context. Questions concerning values, ethics, meanings, play as much of a role here as aesthetic aspects or questions regarding the significance of time, performance and muse.


Contact Collaborative Research Field
Schinkelstraße 1
52062 Aachen

Department of Visual Arts
Univ.-Prof.Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Schmitz
+49 (0) 241 8095062

Department of Spatial Design
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Schröder
+49 (0) 241 8095028