264.049 Material and technology as a condition of form
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • to recognise the inherent possibilities and limitations of the chosen materials in relation to the desired design
  • to generate procedural and sensomotoric knowledge and thus expand their declarative planning knowledge
  • to become aware of the close connections between materials and manufacturing methods as basic shaping conditions of three-dimensional objects
  • to develop their future form desires in a fundamental dialogue with the chosen material and technology

Subject of course

The success of a desired design as well as the qualitative implementation of design ideas and concepts in an (art) object or product depends, among other things, on knowledge and experience in dealing with materials and the technologies available for manufacturing processes. Material and technology as a condition of form is a main subject of this year's module "Form and Design". Thus, the works and discussions refer to the quallities of material, tool and use. The awareness of these factors, which are mutually dependent in a complex way, as well as the testing of their manifold interweaving in the course of a concrete design, is the content of the course.

Teaching methods


Video announcement: 



This summer semester we would like to design the rooms of the newly appointed rectorate together with you. These are very centrally located in the main building on Karlsplatz with a view of Resselpark on the 1st floor. Since the building was occupied in 1818, the fortunes of TU Wien and its predecessors have been steered from here by a long line of rectors. Their portraits are still present here. The furnishings of the rooms have changed time and again with the respective rectors in charge; with the last two rectors, for example, the atmosphere changed from heavy and baroque to an interchangeable, functional design. With the appointment of the new rectorate, concepts are now to be developed for these rooms that interpret the modern ideas of management, communication and use of the rectorate but also take into account the historical and structural context. The rooms and their atmosphere are to be considered as a whole, and of course the rooms are also subject to a dedicated use that is to be complied with.

We will start with various workshops in which we will approach the topic associatively, build physical models of the spaces and then experiment with photos and AI to explore different atmospheres. This phase will be followed by a three-day excursion to Munich (March 20-22) where we will visit designers, production facilities and museums to explore the topic in more depth. After Easter we will have a feedback workshop with the rectorate where we can get feedback on our initial ideas and ask questions. We will then go through the classic process of concept, design and implementation. At the end of the semester, plans, models and 1:1 sections with design and material statements are presented to the rectorate. 

In addition to supervision, the research department also supports you with the use of our studio, workshops and library. We expect a high level of motivation and commitment from you, everything else can be learned from us. We would therefore like the development and implementation to take place on our premises wherever possible so that we can provide feedback and support at any time if required. The workshop is involved in the process right from the start; there is the possibility and is also expected that an intensive and quality-oriented examination of the material and its processing takes place alongside the design settings.

Mode of examination


Additional information

We only accept students that take part in the Module Form*Design.  

Classes will be held in German



Exact times will be announced at the introduction meeting.



Examination modalities

Development (working models), submission and presentation of a topic-related task in the form of one or more concrete objects, active cooperation and participation in discussions

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.02.2024 10:00 19.02.2024 23:59 01.03.2024 23:59

Registration modalities

We only accept students that take part in the Module Form*Design.   


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

A corresponding interest in both art and culture, as well as in craft work, are necessary prerequisites for participation in the course. Active participation and a high level of commitment are expected.


  • Attendance Required!