About the Conference
Mimetic techniques and practices are found throughout architecture and its discourses. Vitruvius himself explained the emergence of architecture as a mimetic process. Later, the Vitruvianism of the 15th to 18th centuries witnessed broad development of mimetic concepts, in which as a rule the imitation of nature took place as an appropriation of models from antiquity. Recourse to models found in nature is to this day a preferred strategy among architects when called upon to explain their own design processes.
The conference arises from the awareness of these historically overlapping paradigms to investigate mimetic strategies in both the theory and practice of architecture in the 20th and 21st century. The spectrum extends from reconstructions or historicised new buildings and the integration of spolia to the imitation of natural processes ofchange or the interpretation of an architectural body as a cybernetic organism.
The conference is conceived as a focused workshop aiming to an intensive exchange. Requested are lecture proposals which address the mentioned as well as other mimetic strategies in recent architecture. Lectures can be held in German or English; the conference language is German. A publication of the contributions is projected.
Please send abstracts in German or English (approx. 2.500 characters) for a 30 minute lecture and brief biographical notes to the organising team by 01 Oct 2015.
Email for abstracts: firstname.lastname@example.org