253.H91 Integrated design_Silence?
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, UE, 12.0h, 15.0EC


  • Semester hours: 12.0
  • Credits: 15.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the complex processes of a design task from the field of architecture and to apply these processes, structured in clear sub-steps, in their own design by developing independent approaches to solutions.

Subject of course

"Being on the run, the main form of existence in the future. Already there are more refugees than after World War II."  The issue of migration has permeated our society for decades, dominating political and social discourse, and since the wave of refugees in 2015, this topic has become the recurring focus of party-political disputes and political campaign issues.

The fact that migration is very closely linked to human suffering and fatalities is now part of everyday life and only triggers marginal consternation in broad sections of society. According to Pope Francis, "there is a globalized indifference to migration and to the people who die in these attempts to migrate." 

A particularly tragic event of this wave of refugees as part of the European refugee crisis occurred on 28.August.2015 near the Burgenland town of Parndorf on the border with Hungary:  

in a refrigerated truck, which was parked in an emergency stop bay on the A4 eastern freeway, 71 dead people were found in the airtight cargo hold. Almost all of the people, 59 men, 8 women and 4 children were identified and a large number were transferred to their home countries of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. 


"It is harder to honor the memory of the nameless than that of the famous. It is to the memory of the nameless that historical construction is consecrated."  

Monuments, memorials, places of remembrance have long had a high relevance in society. A large number of monuments, sometimes entire museums, are dedicated to the commemoration of specific events, or commemorate great personalities and different political groups. Evidently, they are always subject to a broad discourse, are often controversial and sometimes provoke a negative attitude. 

The aim of the design is to create a place of remembrance and information in order not to let this tragedy and its victims be forgotten and to draw attention to the migration that still takes place every day. What is needed is an architecture that delimits this place of tragedy and trauma and transforms it into a charged place of memory, commemoration and information. 


A memorial should be created that honors the dead and at the same time touches and informs the living. An architecture that manifests and communicates, but according to Peter Eisenmann, through ambiguity and provocation also arouses emotions that trigger a thought process, confrontation and reappraisal in the visitors. 

"You know, art has always been critical of life,..." Peter Eisenman

Teaching methods

Building on the analyses of the theme and the building site in Parndorf, concepts are developed on the themes of "architecture of remembrance" and "culture of remembrance". These will be further developed by precise spatial refinements supporting the design. An in-depth study on landscape architecture, workshops and lectures will accompany the design process.

Mode of examination


Additional information

A first meeting and an organizational introduction will take place on Thursday 03.03.2022 at 09:30h-11:00h in the AEU 1-6. Subsequently, from 13:45h-16:00h tour of the building site in Parndorf/Burgenland.

Registrations with a portfolio will be accepted preferentially

Research and analysis as group work

Elaboration project - as individual work

A detailed semester schedule with all supervision times and the didactic structure of the design process can be found under documents in the TIS. Supervision times on Mondays in online mode and Thursdays in presence mode.



Course dates

Thu09:30 - 11:0003.03.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Einführung
Thu09:00 - 17:0010.03.2022 - 30.06.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Entwurfsbesprechung
Thu09:30 - 17:0024.03.2022 Online (LIVE)Review
Thu09:00 - 17:0031.03.2022Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Review: Concept
Thu09:00 - 17:0028.04.2022Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Presentation / Concept
Mon09:30 - 17:0009.05.2022 - 23.05.2022 Online (LIVE)Review: design
Wed09:30 - 18:0025.05.2022Raumlabor Mid Term Critics
Thu09:00 - 14:0009.06.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Wed09:00 - 17:0015.06.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Thu09:00 - 17:0023.06.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Integrated design_Silence? - Single appointments
Thu03.03.202209:30 - 11:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Einführung
Thu10.03.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Konzeptphase
Thu17.03.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Workshop
Thu24.03.202209:30 - 17:00 OnlineReview
Thu31.03.202209:00 - 17:00Raum NEU 3 FBZE16 (ARCH) Review: Concept
Thu07.04.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Konzeptphase
Thu28.04.202209:00 - 17:00Ersatzraum Prechtlsaal 2 Presentation / Concept
Thu05.05.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Entwurfsphase
Mon09.05.202209:30 - 17:00 OnlineReview: design
Thu12.05.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Entwurfsphase
Mon16.05.202209:30 - 17:00 OnlineReview: design
Thu19.05.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Entwurfsphase
Mon23.05.202209:30 - 17:00 OnlineReview: design
Wed25.05.202209:30 - 18:00Raumlabor Mid Term Critics
Thu02.06.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Thu09.06.202209:00 - 14:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Wed15.06.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Thu23.06.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Betreuung Ausarbeitung
Thu30.06.202209:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Endabgabe Pläne analog

Examination modalities

The entry into the design process begins with short assignments, accompanying lectures, basic analyses and in-depth workshops. The design is developed mainly on the model, starting with the urban scale up to the detailed scale. The design is presented in the form of plans and presentation models. A final digital documentation completes the task.


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Bachelor (15 ECTS)14.02.2022 09:0021.02.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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7. Eichinger, Gregor: Touch Me, Das Geheimnis der Oberfläche, 2011