gestalten − architectural practice in-between Wahrnehmung and Making

Gerlach, G 2015, gestalten − architectural practice in-between Wahrnehmung and Making, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Title gestalten − architectural practice in-between Wahrnehmung and Making
Author(s) Gerlach, G
Year 2015
Abstract The research explores my practice as an architect with experience in both Switzerland and Australia. The PhD addresses the question of how to design within the socio-built environment of the Australian landscape particularly with respect to the condition of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs – bringing the perspective and expectation of a Swiss architect.

The doctorate is framed around the paradox of operating in two places simultaneously – the situation where a body is physically present in a defined location but at the same time is elsewhere. It is the exploration of this contradiction that provides the research context.

The identification of local characteristics is important for apractice that seeks design propositions with non-arbitrary solutions. Accordingly, the inquiry takes into consideration the importance of what is going on in the act of designing by reflecting on personal experiences of events, actions and site specifics at the outset of design works.

The outcome of this PhD provides for clarification of established concerns, the emergence of new ideas, and the development of knowledge of what this represents with respect to the practice of designing entailing a shift into a new paradigm of practice. My overarching proposition for the research is built upon the argument that the making of a design is informed by Wahrnehmung. This becomes a tool for knowing where and how to interact with situations in spaces and thus generates an initial design idea. I explore the idea of Wahrnehmung and Making that could emerge as the bridge between two cultures. This undertaking seems to me important when taking into consideration my understanding that how an individual perceptually experiences a place is influenced by his/her cultural background. This is the moment where I understand my work and how it was unconsciously influenced, and how it informed my doing and consequently impacted on my practice. It is now possible to act in a defined manner designing and testing future propositions, while further situating my work into a context of peers, internationally and locally.

Today, and through this new awareness, gestalten becomes architectural practice – that is, conscious reflective practice. The manner in which this practice works can be described as a performance in two acts – Wahrnehmung and Making.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Subjects Architectural Design
Architectural History and Theory
Design History and Theory
Keyword(s) Architecture
Design
Wahrnehmung
Making
Phenomenology
Perception
Poetics
Building
Gestalten
Gestaltung
Gestalt
Reflective practice
Architect
Drawing
Designing
Researching
Research
Germany
Switzerland
Australia
Basel
Melbourne
Paradox
Architectural practice
In-between
Situation
Moods
Concerns
Entrance
Permanence
Presence
Moments of mood
Community of practice
Spatial expansion
Change of level
Materiality
Materials
Architectural space
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