Diagrammatics 2016


The city is a multidimensional, relational, and dynamic construct. It is the stage for different interests, a mental paradigm, and the subject of our research. But how can it be described and what is the difference between the city and the urban?

The seminar takes us through varied terrain: through known or unknown cities, through books and websites, but also through political situations or everyday conflicts. We will encounter borders, breaks, and fragments of temporal layers; but how do they reveal the way they have been produced? How can we speak about the urban? How can it be recorded and evaluated? What can we learn from it and how can we make it available as knowledge?

Diagrams are not merely one, specific method of representing complex urban contexts. They are also unique tools that reveal untapped options for action. On the one hand diagrams “re-present” situations, lines of argument, or thought processes, and on the other hand they can refer to yet undeveloped fields of action or evoke them in a productive manner.

In the seminar, we will theoretically and practically address these two aspects of diagrammatics.

It is based on completed research. The result will be a publication.




2,5 CP


Prof. Dr. habil. Christopher Dell


Professor, UFoK, OT and RFoP

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Bernd Kniess


Professor, Urban Design