Professur für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur
Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke
Über uns

  1. Was lesen, schauen und tun in wundersamen Zeiten? Unsere Empfehlungen finden Sie unten
  2. Was lesen, schauen und tun in wundersamen Zeiten? Unsere Empfehlungen finden Sie unten
  3. Unser Kollege Berthold Hub hat seine Habilitation über Filarete publiziert – Auguri!
  4. Seminarwoche "Casting the Cornice", Tessin, Oktober 2019
  5. Seminarwoche "Casting the Cornice", Tessin, Oktober 2019
  6. Seminarwoche "Casting the Cornice", Tessin, Oktober 2019
  7. Gesims-Gespräch: Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein im Gespräch mit Maarten Delbeke, November 2019
  8. Ausstellung "Die Welt, das Werk & das Ich: Architekturstudentinnenbücher", Baubibliothek, November & Dezember 2019
  9. Buchvernissage "Blickwendungen" im Schweizerischen Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA), Oktober 2019
  10. "Female but old": die Wirkung von Goethes Gartenhaus aus studentischer Sicht, Seminar "Caractère", September 2019
  11. Gesims-Gespräch: Petra Kahlfeldt im Gespräch mit Erik Wegerhoff, Mai 2019
  12. Seminarwoche «Jerusalem: Walls»: auf dem Tempelberg, März 2019
  13. Seminarwoche «Jerusalem: Walls»: Palästinensermauer in Ost-Jerusalem, März 2019
  14. Seminarwoche «Jerusalem: Walls»: am Fuss der Mauer des Tempelbergs, März 2019
  15. Vorbereitung einer Ausstellung zum Gesims, Drawing Matter, England, April 2019
  16. Vorbereitung einer Ausstellung zum Gesims, Drawing Matter, England, April 2019
  17. Kurs «Grundlagen der Architekturgeschichte»: Besuch in der Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, April 2019
  18. Seminarwoche «Rome: Walls»: in EUR, Oktober 2018
  19. Seminarwoche «Rome: Walls»: Apsiden von Sankt Peter, Oktober 2018
  20. Seminarwoche «Rome: Walls»: auf dem Dach des Palazzo dei Congressi, EUR, Oktober 2018
  21. Workshop «Re:public: Books and Buildings» in Venedig, September 2018
  22. Wanderung zum Gotthardpass als Abschluss der Vorlesung «Die Architektur der Strasse», Mai 2018
  23. Seminarwoche «Borderline Baroque»: Studienkirche, Dillingen, März 2018
  24. Seminarwoche «Borderline Baroque»: Kapelle, Schloss Augustusburg, März 2018
  25. Seminarwoche «Borderline Baroque»: Autobahn bei Würzburg, März 2018
  26. Seminarwoche «Borderline Baroque»: Google Map, März 2018

Was lesen, schauen und tun in wundersamen Zeiten?
Persönliche Empfehlungen der Équipe Delbeke

Es ist wunderlich, in seine Wohnung eingesperrt zu sein. Damit kommt man nicht ohne weiteres zurecht, aber eine solche Situation kann auch neue Ideen inspirieren. Derweil wir von unseren Wohnungen und unserem Computer aus unterrichten, wollen wir Euch – unseren Studentinnen und Studenten, aber auch unseren Lesern generell – einige sehr persönliche Empfehlungen geben: was man nun von Zuhause aus lesen, anschauen und tun kann. Alle setzten sich mit Isolation, Quarantäne, Plagen, Pest und dergleichen auseinander. Aber – und das ist uns wichtig – es handelt sich nicht um weitere Schreckensmeldungen. Vielmehr soll die Liste unten eine Anregung sein, sich der momentanen Situation intellektuell und kreativ zu stellen – oder sich zu amüsieren, damit wir das nicht vergessen. Manches davon hat mit Architektur zu tun, einiges mit Geschichte, sehr wenig mit Theorie. Vor allem hoffen wir, dass die Aufzählung unten Inspiration für eine alternative Praxis des Überlebens in wundersamen Zeiten bietet. Viel Vergnügen.

Die Liste wird wachsen und regelmässig aktualisiert werden. Die Einträge sind auf Englisch verfasst, da das die übliche Sprache an der Professur ist.

Jasper recommends a book:
S.n., Voyage littéraire de deux religieux Bénédictins de la congregation de St Maur, I, Paris: Florentin Delaulne, 1717
The authors of this book lived through the inverse of the situation we currently find ourselves in. Martène and Durand, monks voluntarily confined to the walls of their monastery, were ordered to leave their cells and to travel France. They had to go study churches all over the country, to aid the historiographic efforts of their fellow monks. If we find ourselves wanderers forced into monkhood, they were monks, forced to wander. The short preface to their travels may allow for a different outlook on our days of confinement. Find the full text here.
(23 March 2020)

Gregorio recommends a film:
Mediterraneo (Italy 1991, dir. Gabriele Salvatores, 96 min)
My recommendation is the 1991 movie Mediterraneo. The movie follows a group of Italian soldiers during World War II (the first slide above) who, after landing on a small Greek island „of great strategic importance“ in the middle of the Aegean Sea, are stranded there for the rest of the war. The movie is essentially a tribute to a sort of Mediterranean joie de vivre, a way to escape the terrors of war by searching for common cultural roots (as in the recurrent motto „Italiani e Greci, una faccia una razza“) with the help of food, sun and sex. There is also an interesting stream of political critique, especially towards a supposedly new and illuminated (but ultimately disappointing) post-war Italy. Watch the movie here.
(23 March 2020)

Nikos recommends an article:
Nandini Pandey: Classical Plagues School Trump on Coronavirus: An End-of-the-World Press Conference in Hades, in: Eidolon (4 March 2020)
The article recently published on Eidolon (an interesting on-line classical scholarship platform) is a montage of actual quotes by Donald Trump in recent public statements about the corona virus epidemic with imagined responses by famous plagues from classical antiquity, all staged as characters in an ancient tragedy. Besides its literary merit, the text abounds in footnotes in the form of hyperlinks leading to external sources. Intriguing for whoever is interested in becoming familiar with the rich classical references of the text, or keeping up with how the US and other countries are dealing with the epidemic. Read the article here.
(23 March 2020)

Maarten recommends a book and a film:
William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)
Blade Runner (USA 1982/director’s cut 1992/final cut 2007, dir. Ridley Scott, 117 min)

As the present situation inevitably raises sometimes grim questions about the future, and throws up questions about society, governance, surveillance, data collection and the enviroment, it is perhaps appropriate to look back at some recent science fiction classics dealing with exactly these themes. William Gibson’s Neuromancer (first published in 1984; available here) is the foundational classic of the cyberpunk genre. It has been ripped off endlessly in other books and movies such as The Matrix (1999). Gibson’s debut was immediately picked up by architects and architecture critics for its compelling analogies not just between the world of information and the postmodern city, but also between the representation of data and architecture. As such, the novel is at once rooted in century-old metaphors relating architecture to memory, and remarkably forward-looking in its understanding of how data and real life might become intertwined. Most importantly, it is a fast and compelling read, generously wielding the conventions of hard-boiled noir. Its inevitable cinematic companion piece is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (available on Netflix), the inspiration and reference for near endless ruminations on the dystopian urban condition of the then near future. Regardless of that, the movie integrates some architectural landmarks (Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House amongst them) into an at once uncessantly menacing and surprisingly intimate vision of the modern city.
(23 March 2020)

Erik recommends a recipe
Quarante-Quatre (undat.)
This is a recipe that, as many old formulas, needs time. It is thus perfect for a period that requires patience. Best of all, it promises to reward you generously once it’s done. The recipe is a liqueur that was made by the French part of my family, and it is called Quarante-Quatre – forty-four. Aptly so.
Buy an orange (organic) and stud it with 44 coffee beans. Put it in a large sealable jar and pour 700ml of alcohol over it (such as vodka). Throw 44 sugar cubes into that cocktail. Seal the jar and let it sit in a dark and cool place for 44 days, shaking it whenever you think of it. After that time, strain the liquid into your favourite carafe. It makes for a perfect digestif. With which you might in fact be able to celebrate the end of the current quarantine, if all goes well. Not by chance, the words quarantine and quarante are alike, as a quarantine originally implied being confined for forty days.
(23 March 2020)

Sigrid recommends a book …
Xavier de Maistre: Voyage autour de ma chambre [Journey around my room], Turin 1794
The obvious choice for a text that gives a positive spin to confinement – an account of a 27 year-old French aristocrat and army officer who is locked in his bedroom in Turin for six weeks while under arrest for having participated in a duel. He undertakes a journey around his bedroom, exploring it as if discovering a new country or city. This „room-travel“ suggests that „the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to“, as Alain de Botton puts it in the foreword of the English edition (2017). Find the French original here, and the English translation there.
(24 March 2020)

… and photographs:
Gail Albert Halaban: Out of my window (2009-)
Photographer Gail Albert Halaban's Out of my window series, started 2009, can be seen as a contemporary take on confinement, expressed by the role of the window in the city. The window functions here as a way of framing, and Halaban pictures the effects of observing from a window while also being observed from an opposite window. Her photographs of the „vis-à-vis“ from apartments in the cities of Paris, New York or Istanbul are given a new dimension by today’s events. Her aim is to bring the local community closer together, and to stimulate social engagement and empathy: „Even alone we never need be lonely.“ Find a video on the project in general here, and a video specifically on the project in Paris there.
(24 March 2020)

Emma recommends a film:
The Seventh Seal (Sweden 1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman, 96 min)
Bergman’s The Seventh Seal follows a knight recently returned to plague-ridden Europe from the crusades after years away. As he travels through the country on a quest to return to his castle and his long estranged wife, he meets an assortment of characters that force him to question the meaning of life. Throughout it all, he carries on a chess game with Death (the second slide above), the spectre that hangs over him and all his companions. The film talks about the inevitability of death, but also offers a blueprint of how we might make the most of life, even under the spectre of death’s inevitable shadow. Features some beautiful cinematography, and the superior acting capabilities of the great Max von Sydow, himself recently deceased. Watch the film here.
(24 March 2020)

Linda recommends a whole library:
The World Digital Library
to browse, from your home, through astonishing material while hard-copy libraries are closed. Have a look at such items as the famed Kitāb suwar al-kawākib (Book of the constellations of the fixed stars) by ʻAbd al-Rahman ibn ʻUmar al-Sufi (903–986).
(27 March 2020)