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Dr. Olaf Gisbertz

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Olaf Gisbertz

is founding chairman of the Netzwerk Braunschweiger Schule, Initiative zur Pflege der Nachkriegsmoderne und des Architekturdiskurses e.V., was organizer of various discussion events on postwar modernism, the interdisciplinary conferences "Postwar Modernism Controversial" (7/2010), "Postwar Modernism Controversial 2.0" (11/2011) and "Building for Mass Culture" (11/2013), conceptually also impulse generator for public strategies of architectural mediation: "Blickpunkt Moderne. Architecture in Augsburg 1960-1980" (2015/16) and "Achtung modern! Architektur 1960-1970 im Braunschweiger Land" (4-7/2013/2014/2018-22).

Most recently, Gisbertz spearheaded the initiative for a DFG "Network for Building Research for Younger Building Stocks" (NBJB 1945+), which will address questions of historical building documentation and analysis of younger building stocks until fall 2022.

Olaf Gisbertz was appointed as an extraordinary member by the Association of German Architects in 2017, is a member of numerous associations in the field of monument preservation and building culture (ICOMOS, Docomomo, AK Theorie und Lehre in der Denkmalpflege, permanent guest at the Deutscher Städtetag, AG "Kommunale Denkmalpflege"), in the Netzwerk Baukultur Niedersachsen and here a founding member of the 'Arbeitskreis 1960+'. In addition, in 2015/16, he was a lecturer at the TU Braunschweig with the paper "Reflexion und Transformation. Erhalt und Weiterbauen der (Nachkriegs-) Moderne" (Preserving and Continuing to Build in (Postwar) Modernism) for the teaching area "Building History and Preservation of Historic Monuments" and has held the professorship "History and Theory of Architecture and the City" at the FH Dortmund, University of Applied Studies and Arts since the winter semester 2017/18.

Since 2014, Olaf Gisbertz has also headed the Center for Building Research + Communication + Preservation of Historical Monuments at the Innovationsgesellschaft der Technischen Universität Braunschweig mbH (www.itubs.de)(Opens in a new tab) .

Further information at www.olaf-gisbertz.de(Opens in a new tab) 

Mission Statement

Architectural history, architectural theory, historical building research and monument preservation are to be understood as integral subjects of the study of architecture. They serve to link different fields of knowledge for the recording, analysis and evaluation of our built environment. They enrich the study of architecture with the necessary element of reflection and release a creative potential for future models of thoughts in architecture and urban planning.

The task of the subject is to sensitize students to the concerns of architecture today by looking at the building processes of the past. The aim is to promote the students' ability to criticize and reflect on questions of building culture and to develop their ability to work in a team. A sustainable knowledge acquisition and transfer take place with the active participation of the students in the ongoing research projects through a "research learning and learning research".

The interrelationships between theory and practice define the fundamental demand on research and teaching to promote interdisciplinary exchange and to understand it as fundamental to the scientific self-image in the subject of architecture. Cooperation with research institutions inside and outside the university, regular further training in the area of university didactics and the active acquisition of third-party funding for demanding basic research are obligatory.

Teaching

Building History 1

The module "Building History 1" is divided into a lecture and an accompanying exercise. The lecture conveys elementary basics and the overview knowledge of the history of building and urban development from the early advanced civilizations to the 21st century. On the basis of exemplary buildings, it deals with the historical and social framework, the technical and constructive prerequisites as well as the fundamental concepts of the subject.

The focus is on the methods and goals of the history of building and urban construction as well as the constitutive factors of building in the historical design process. This is accompanied by insights into current issues in historical building research, architectural theory and the preservation of historical monuments.

The accompanying exercise, on the other hand, deals with the independent examination of historical buildings and methodological questions. Significant buildings or questions of architectural history are discussed in short presentations. The presentations form the starting point for the joint discussion in the seminar. Subsequently, the presentation topics are to be elaborated in the form of a written term paper. During the preparation of the presentation and the term paper, the students learn the methods of scientific work and how to apply them in a targeted manner.

Building History 2

The module "Building History II" is divided into a lecture and an accompanying exercise. The lecture is dedicated to an in-depth examination of the history of building and urban development from the 19th to the 21st century.

In a diachronic cross-section, the constitutive factors of building in the historical design process are discussed. Starting from basic concepts of architectural thinking, the lecture draws a lively picture of architectural history in the field of tension of its cultural and technical historical contexts. In addition, socio-historical and political issues are addressed in order to reflect on the social significance of architecture and the designed environment.

The accompanying exercise, on the other hand, deals with the independent examination of formative phenomena of modernism in architecture and urban development. Significant buildings and building typologies or theoretical models of design are discussed in short presentations from a historical perspective. Special features of regional architecture will also be discussed.

MA Resource: Module Scientific Work

Today, architects and urban planners increasingly have to deal with existing, often complex building stock. The basis for a proper handling of existing buildings and the development of suitable preservation or conversion strategies is the deepest possible understanding of built spatial structures, their artistic and constructive characteristics, and last but not least, their adequate classification in larger architectural-cultural contexts:

The actual potential of what has already been built as a resource for the future is only revealed against the background of the diverse contexts of its creation, history and use. On this basis, even architectural "legacies" can be rediscovered and reclaimed for the city.

The event will address core questions on the indexing and evaluation of built building stock. In individual full-day workshops, the concepts of sustainable building will be discussed on a theoretical level using source texts on historic preservation and exemplary buildings in small groups. The aim is to develop basic strategies for the built stock under the evaluation standards of resource use and to visualize them medially for a documentation of the semester results.

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