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
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.
has been invited as a guest critic on an interim pin-up panel for the Transverse: Weft in the Urban Warp studio at RMIT University with Ferran Sagarra and Ian Nazareth on Sep2
The Transverse studio will propose a transverse link across the complex geometry of the Melbourne’s west, tethering the city’s multi-modal infrastructure and linking major airports and logistical terminals. Framed as activity center, the linear site can integrate and connect and array of development typologies, constituted by a new thoroughfare, and an ecological corridor (Kororoit Creek). As a product of shifting models of urban growth, consolidation and sprawl (characteristic of the fluctuations between manufacturing and service economies), student projects should operate both as a connector as well as a landscape extending across the urban fabric.
has been invited as a guest critic on the mid-review panel for the Intrinsic Ground: Inhabiting Infrastructure II studio at the University of Melbourne with Elena Vanz and Alessia Pegoli on Sep9
The concept of ground as a volumetric space and its design for future urban growth is what motivates the Intrinsic Ground studio, considering ground as a three-dimensional construct, a volume between and within buildings that crosses thresholds from public space to private. Rethinking the notion of ground in Melbourne CBD, students will learn how to move between analysis and synthesis, challenge the development of analytical tools considering innovative three-dimensional mapping techniques and develop a broader perspective of the potential of infrastructure design in the architectural and urban design domain.
has been invited to exhibit 2013/14 studio work and participate as representative permanent staff in the RMIT University Open House 2014 on Aug10
Open Day at RMIT University is an opportunity for prospective students to meet inspiring staff and students, get interactive with a range of exciting activities and explore new teaching and student facilities.
"Thus we will not add to the attempts to structure, define, conceptualise, map, and clarify the messy and contravserial field of design research. We begin instead with the premise that it is of central importance for design research to remain messy and contraversial. We focus on exploring promising strategies and future possibilities for design research: instead of defining design research in terms of what it is, we focus on how we can re-invent possible futures for design research."
has been invited to give a guest lecture on Aug25 entitled ‘Observing Grounds: On walls, shifting, melting, rising, and geo-engineered boundaries’ as part of the The Epoch of Space Politics: DMZ Observation Platform for Peace studio at RMIT University with Dongsei Kim
The lecture investigates the wall as both element for separation and generator of interest and exchange. By presenting recent projects through means of storytelling and methods that claim no historical loyalty, as sources and facts are being intentionally set up to serve a reducing purpose, it is a series of critical assessments on contemporary issues.