Architectural, Historical and Social Science Perspectives

Research Project 10 (RP 10)


Our project focuses on the novel potentials and promises of co-design-based advances for multi-storey buildings and the social factors influencing their realization. We will characterize the specific new options they offer and the challenges they face by combining architectural, historical and social sciences perspectives.

Research has shown that innovations in architecture rarely fail due to poor technology, but rather because they do not sufficiently meet the needs and expectations of users, or do not align with changing social, cultural or economic contexts. Thus, mismatches between architectural approaches, stakeholder expectations, and given institutional frameworks may act as non-technical innovation barriers that can seriously hamper the chances of realizing the full potential of integrative computation for multi-storey building design and construction.

We will explore and enhance these chances by reconsidering historical shortcomings, failures and societal dynamics in the industrially produced architecture of the 1960-70s, through characterizing co-design-enabled novel building typologies and morphologies and their functional and aesthetic expressions, and by examining the interactions between the emerging paradigm of integrative design and construction in computational architecture, stakeholder concerns and expectations, competing narratives, and necessary organizational rearrangements.


Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp
Institute for Social Sciences (SOWI), University of Stuttgart
Prof. Achim Menges
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Jan Philipp
Institute of Architectural History (IFAG), University of Stuttgart


apl. Prof. Dr. Kathrin Braun (SOWI)
Ph.D. Yana Boeva (SOWI)
Dr. Christian Vöhringer (IFAG)
Alya Rapoport (IFAG)
Hana Svatos-Raznjevic (ICD)

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