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21.- 23.06 2023
“Counterintuitive Typologies” will contribute to ︎︎︎
9. Forum Architekturwissenschaft Berlin

28.04.2023 10:00 Palazzo Gravina - Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, DiArc: Design workshop together with Carlo Gandolfi (Unipr) and Gennaro Postiglione (Polimi)  

27.04.2023 15:00 Book presentation “Thinking Design – Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology” and discussion in Naples, IT:
Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, DiArc & D.Arch. with Alberto Calderoni (DiArc), Gioconda Cafiero (DiArc), Aurosa Alison, Luigiemanuele Amabile, Luca Esposito, Salvatore Pesarino, and Gennaro Postiglione (Polimi)  

31.03.2023 Closing Seminar at Politecnico di Milano and launch of Call for Papers: Affordances of Architectural Typologies 

21.02.2023 Lecture TU Berlin
Berufungsvortrag “Counterintuitive Typologies” 

30.01.2023 Lecture at Politecnico di Milano 

AUID Research Talks: “Counterintuitive Typologies. Drawing Attention” 

Workshop di Dottorato AUID: Counterintuitive Typologie with profs. Andreas Lechner & Angelo Lunati

TU Graz Master studio - Final Review
Mixed-Use Multi-Form - Counterintuitive Typologies III with Guest critics Angelo Lunati (Onsitestudio), Gennaro Postiglione (Politecnico di Milano, DAStU), Alexander Passer (TU Graz AGHNB), Andreas Trummer (TU Graz ITE)

Article “Counterintuitive Products” published, in: Margitta Buchert (ed.), Products of Reflexive Design, Jovis: Berlin 2023


Presentation “Counterintuititve Typologies” - Research Kick-Off at Politecnico di Milano’s DAStU with Prof. Gennaro Postiglione

Network meeting in Dornbirn: Research Project “Counterintuitive Building Typologies” 


09.2022 Baunetz-Campus features “Counterintuitive Typologies in an interview with Prof. Andreas Lechner


06.2022 – Review by Cameron McEwan: 

Peripheral monuments: book review of Thinking Design: Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology by Andreas Lechner, in: 
Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 46(1), 83-88.


10.05.2022 Book presentation at
Ortner & Ortner Baukunst in Berlin

Andreas presents and discusses his book with Markus Penell from O&O Baukunst at O&O Depot Galerie in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

O&O Depot Galerie
Leibnizstraße 60
D-10629 Berlin, Germany

April 2022 – 3-year research grant for ‘Counterintuitive Building Types’ awarded!  

11th DARA-Symposium - Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape

Prof. Lechner is a keynote lecturer & peer reviewer at the 11th Symposium Design and Research in Architecture and Landscape – “Products” 

Summer term 2022

Andreas teaches at Innsbruck’s architecture master upon invitation from Institut für Gestaltung’s Andreas Flora.

847189 SE Advanced Building Theory

02.03.2022 Book launch & Diskussion at HDA - Haus der Architektur Graz

On the occasion of the publication of the English first edition and the German second edition of his book "Entwurf einer architektonischen Gebäudelehre", Andreas Lechner discusses with the two new design professors Matthias Castorph and Alex Lehnerer their approaches to design, teaching and research at the TU Graz Faculty of Architecture

Lecture ‘Counterintuitive Typologies’

Andreas Lechner: Counterintuitive Typologies, TU Graz – Architectural Research Lecture Series (Webex)

11.2021 – Book released

Thinking Design - Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology 

Park Books, Zurich: 2021
ISBN 978-3-03860-246-0 ︎︎︎Park Books

Counterintuitive Typologies is the title of Andreas Lechner’s research and teaching focus in architectural design, in supervised master’s theses, in design studios and research cooperations, and currently in the three-year research project “Counterintuitive Building Typologies” that was granted by the Austrian Science Promotion Agency (FFG).

Counterintuitive Typologies is also the title of an enclosed booklet with 12 supervised Master’s theses that is published as a supplement to Andreas Lechner’s book Thinking Design: Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology. All twelve theses were supervised by Andreas at TU Graz between 2015 and 2021. 

Counterintuitive Typologies aim at and result from design strategies that modify, transform and adaptively reuse building structures. Their starting point is the simple question whether buildings are something that are to be ever actually 'finished'. If the factor of time – or the sustainable duration of a building's life cycle – is taken into account, a building becomes a perpetual site of minor and major construction work. This seems at odds with the apparent permanence of a building. But in a climate of increasing instability, simple concepts of a building's temporality, such as permanence, ephemerality or flexibility, do not sufficiently address the specific 'incompleteness' that arises from the friction between the solid objects that buildings inevitably are and the demand for future-proof flexibility, i.e. that they allow for and remain open to transformation, whether deliberate or unexpected. All the projects and studios within the focus of Counterintuitive Typologies explore this 'incompleteness' as an approach to the affordances of buildings from both an architectural research and design-driven perspective. This could involve designing hybrid structures that are not used for a particular purpose, or creating an unconventional form to highlight a certain receptivity or character of a building or a space. As well as adaptively reusing, transforming and extending existing structures, it could also involve developing new materials and techniques to create something that is unusual or challenges design conventions.

The common denominator of Counterintuitive Typologies is drawing attention to the productive tensions arising from today's multiple contradictions and temporalities in order to recalibrate the agencies and agendas of architectural expertise. By definition working locally – before/after the centre-periphery divide– architecture's contribution to a more sustainable and resilient environment lies in the stimulating nature of its designs over time. This affordance of an object/design/structure not only allows or invites multiple forms of use and occupation over its life cycle, it is also a certain generosity, a fuzzy 'typological' quality that is key to the adaptive reuse and transformation of existing structures in the future. In this respect, the focus of Counterintuitive Typologies seeks to find ways to develop a language within today's ecological imperatives that is more than merely an expression of good intentions.

One focus of Counterintuitive Typologies is on the commercial and retail building stock that has been built in the exploding suburbs of recent decades as a material and infrastructural resource to be built upon. While all the global forces at work in cities - finance, technology, communication, resources and politics - are also present in suburban and rural locations, one aspect is specific to these semi-urban or peri-urban building typologies: Their huge consumption of open space and their huge infrastructural requirements. These two aspects challenge us to critically rethink their maximum life span of mostly 40 years and to approach them with more circular means and climate-positive design.  

Architecture's logic and consistency does not come from an individual but from the shared knowledge of the discipline and a collective understanding of typical buildings and places. This collective urban dimension informs our reading of potentials, of receptivity and affordance in transforming existing sites, structures and developments. The design and research projects within  Counterintuitive Typologies reflect this, as they aims at and derives from concrete situations that are being (re-)designed, explored, and researched as case studies.