Lukas Pauer, born 1988, is an Associate Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at RMIT University who studied urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds an MSc Arch ETH from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). Lukas has participated in a number of research projects at ETH, such as the Structural Oscillations project for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and the ongoing research platform urbaninform / Squat at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2009. In addition, he has been involved in a publication on philanthropy and architecture with Jeffrey Inaba and the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in NYC, as well as various experimental periodicals, such as prss release, trans, MONU, Architecture Pills, and Volume Magazine.
More recently, in collaboration with Luis Callejas, Lukas has been teaching intensive studios on speculative landscapes at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and RMIT University.
What am I up to right now? → applying for research grants → co-designing a website → preparing an input lecture on methodology and notation → conducting long-term research on the flâneur, dériveur, traceur and the crisis of mapping → initiating and organizing a symposium on architectural broadcasting aimed for fall this year
1 keep a blog and / or write a book
2 design¹ a house²
3 create agititation
4 steer a think and action tank
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² contact lukas dot pauer at gmail dot com
will review and edit the final submissions for the forthcoming Very Vary Veri 2 with Newsroom at the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the coming months
Very Vary Veri (VVV) is a student-edited journal based at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Believing that insight into the nature of the contemporary built environment will come from critical inclusivity, VVV draws on the professional schools of Harvard University and its neighbors for diverse perspectives in design from law, finance, government, real state, public health, educaction, and beyond.
is excited to announce the forthcoming Growing Islands Growing Nations, edited by Lukas Pauer as part of the RMIT LA Design Research Series at Melbourne Books
Melbourne Books is an independent publishing house that produces works of both nonfiction and fiction. In partnership with RMIT University, Melbourne Books publishes topical, highly-designed books in the fields of landscape architecture, art and design.
has been invited to speak on his work ‘Spatial Efficiency on the Edge: On Formal Excess and Surface Strategies in Boundary Conditions’ in form of a keynote speech at the Approaching Landscape 2014 Conference at RMIT University on Oct8
The Approaching Landscape 2014 Conference aims to introduce key contemporary projects, approaches and techniques within the discipline of landscape architecture. By considering the relationship between site and action, the conference introduces late twentieth century to early twenty-first century projects and considers them through a series of key questions. The Approaching Landscape 2014 Conference is convened by Alice Lewis, Rosalea Monacella, Lukas Pauer, Saskia Schut, and Edward Silveira as part of the Theoretical Frameworks III course at the RMIT A+D Landscape Architecture Program.
has been invited as a guest critic on the final review panel for the Theoretical Frameworks II course at RMIT University with Jock Gilbert on Oct6
Framed as being formed by accumulations of philosophies, theories, design projects, movements, artworks, literature etc., Theoretical Frameworks II will focus on contexts of thought, and how they have given rise to prominent movements and projects in landscape architecture. Using Michel Foucault’s ‘Archaeology of Knowledge’ as a point of departure, the course works to initially set up these accumulations to enable an excavation to be conducted in the pursuit of ‘phenomena of rupture, of discontinuity’ between and within these accumulations. Leaving behind the concept of history as a conservative, linear narrative constructed of ‘stable structures’ and ‘vast unities like centuries and periods’, the course instead shifts interest to ‘interruptions whose status and nature vary considerably’. The course explores these methods to reveal relationships between design and theory, through the techniques of abstract writing, essay writing and drawing. In a process of excavation analogous to archaeology, students will present drawings and abstracts responding to site through prescribed frameworks.
has been invited as a guest critic on the drawing exhibition review panel for the Landscape Architecture Communications III course at RMIT University with Susan Massey on Sep15
Landscape Architecture Communications III, undertaken in your final year of the Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture (BDes), examines the agency of communications through positioning the act of drawing/making as a practice that investigates and constructs landscape. Students challenge and manipulate conventions of representation through individual research and contribute to landscape architectural discourse by exploring the relationship between method and outcome.
has been invited as a guest critic on the mid-review panel for the The Epoch of Space Politics: DMZ Observation Platform for Peace studio at RMIT University with Dongsei Kim on Sep11
The aim of the The Epoch of Space Politics studio is to interrogate the political role of architecture through the notorious Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea. Students will design an ‘observation platform for peace’ as their final project located in the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the DMZ. The project’s brief is based on an international student competition on the DMZ titled ‘The Epoch of Space Politics: What to Do About the DMZ for Peace’ organized by Space Prize for International Students of Architecture Design.
"Architects’ reputations and expectations are largely based on their supposed uniqueness, but we actually assemble elements that have largely been defined by others, mass produced in series, offered in catalogues on the internet, and put together by increasingly indifferent labor. […] We may posture as geniuses, but we play our assigned role in the uberscript of modernization."
has been invited as a guest critic on the mid-review panel for the Guerrilla Scapes studio at RMIT University with Susan Massey on Sep12
The Guerrilla Scapes studio will introduce students to the shifting disciplinary terrain at the intersection of landscape architecture and installation art and urban intervention. From mid-century landart and earthworks through to recent local urban interventions, the studio will explore the evolution of landscape ‘artitecture’ from vegetation/ground manipulation and horizon studies to more ephemeral phenomenon, ambient conditions, and social interactions that are the focus of contemporary installations. These precedents will be a springboard to examining the disciplinary framework of landscape ‘artitecture’. Ultimately, students will be charged with using the purview of traditional landscape domain — fields/territories/boundaries/frames/borrowed-views etc. — to produce new ways of seeing/experiencing the urban fabric.
The AA/RMIT Visiting School Broken Hill, jointly organised by the AA School of Architecture and RMIT University, will treat the remote and rural urbanscape of Broken Hill in the Australian New South Wales as a site of experimentation in April 2015.