The Mereological City: Open Lecture by Daniel Köhler on 19th November


Daniel Koehler – The Mereological City 2014
Model, scale 1:10000: computational model based on the Vertical City Schema by Ludwig Hilberseimer.

On 19th of November at 6 pm, the Open Lecture series will continue with architect, urbanist and researcher Daniel Köhler, arriving in Tallinn from London where he teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture. In his research and in his lecture in Tallinn, Köhler focuses on the mereology of cities – how particles form a whole in the example of cities, making this a lecture that in addition to architects should definitely capture the attention of urbanists.

At the Bartlett School of Architecture, Köhler leads a Research Cluster in Urban Design and is the Coordinator of the Theory and History Module of the Postgraduate B-Pro Architecture Design Program. Furthermore, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Innsbruck and the co-founder of the Lab for Environmental Design Strategies. Köhler has taught at the Aalto University, Vilnius Art Academy, Sci-Arc, Städelschule and the University of East London. In 2016, Köhler published “The Mereological City”, a study on the modes of part-to-whole relations between architecture and its city during modernism. His recent research investigates on the physical implications of digital logistics: cities designed by pure quantities and their architecture.

Mereology is a branch of ontology that discusses part to whole relationships. When we say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, we are performing a mereological equation. Köhler describes the architecture of the city as a compositional tension, realized with a multiplicity of buildings, with the city itself.

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The Open Lecture Series brings to Tallinn a number of exciting architects, urban planners, academics from across the world. All Open Lectures are free of charge, in English, take place every fortnight, and are open to everyone – for both students and professionals of the field, general audience and students considering architecture for their further studies.

The Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts has been curating the Open Lectures series since 2012 – each year, a dozen architects, urbanists, both practicing as well as academics, introduce their work and field of research to the audience in Tallinn.

The series is funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment

Curators: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam

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