ETH Zürich  |  DARCH  |  ITA  |  Structural Design  |  EXCURSIONS  |  AUTUMN 2017 
Plan of the Neresheim Monastery Church, Eckert Collection, 1755
Plan of the Neresheim Monastery Church, Eckert Collection, 1755

From monologue to dialogue
Seminar trip to Franconia and Old Bavaria

Su. 22.10.- Sa. 28.10.2017 | max. 24 Participants | Cost range C | Poster | Trip route

A cinematic journey through time to the German Baroque and Classicism, to the emergence of the concept of architect and engineer in the 18th and 19th centuries, with the main characters Balthasar Neumann as the prince-bishop Franconian master builder and Leo von Klenze as the royal Bavarian court architect.

The cooperation between architect and engineer is the central interest of the Chair of Structural Design. With the support of the University of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich, we invite you to explore exemplary historical buildings of the German Baroque and Classicism. This journey into the 18th and 19th centuries focuses on the transition from the classical master builder with his typically integral design approach to the division of tasks between architect and engineer and their immanent disciplinary thinking. Balthasar Neumann and Leo von Klenze as historical figures provide exemplary support for this reconstruction of history.

With the help of video recordings, we not only want to capture the static condition of the buildings on film, but also to transform the understanding of construction, which has changed over the centuries, into a time-bound movement. During exclusive visits to historical roof trusses, beautifully designed interiors and technical engineering structures, we want to reconstruct the space in its construction as well as stage it, be it as a short story or as a pure experience. We will try out this different way of perception and reflection both on world- famous buildings such as the Würzburg Residence (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the monastery church Vierzehnheiligen and the Walhalla Memorial as well as on small jewels such as the Würburger Käppele (“Little Chapel” Würzburg) and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. At the end of the trip, the video recordings will serve as the basis for a final presentation in the HFF′s rooms, where we will have a joint discussion in which we will exchange and summarize our experiences.

Local partners
Johannes Wende (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film HFF München)

Prof. Stefan Kummer (Universität Würzburg)
Dr. Erich Schneider (Museum für Franken)
Dr. Alexander Wiesneth (Bayrische Schlösser- und Seenverwaltung)

Chair of Structural Design
Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz
Hannes Hofmann -
Dr. Matthias Beckh -

Transportation, accommodation, visits, daily sketch workshop and reader included.

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