Information, 9 May – 30 September 2022

Asad Raza "Diversion" at Portikus

Exhibition, 25 June – 25 September 2022

Summer Term Break 2022

Information, 18 July – 7 October 2022

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Event, 9 July 2022

Hassan Khan: The Infinite Hip-Hop Song Live!

Konzert, 9 July 2022, 21:30–22:45

Gasthof at Robert Johnson

Party, 7 July 2022, 22:00

MEDIUM RARE — Absolventenausstellung 2022

Exhibition, 2 – 17 July 2022

ALMOST ALIVE—Graduate Party

Event, 1 July 2022, 23:00

‘Absolventen’ prizes

Information, 1 – 10 July 2022

Asad Raza: Metabolisms

Lecture, 21 June 2022, 19:00

Anthony Huberman: Bang on a Can

Lecture, 13 June 2022, 19:00

Sung Tieu: Ghosts In The Machine

Lecture, 7 June 2022, 19:00

Lecture: ruangrupa

Lecture, 31 May 2022, 19:00

Lecture: Neïl Beloufa

Lecture, 10 May 2022, 19:00

Lectures Summer Semester 2022

Lecture, 26 April – 28 June 2022, 19:00

Summer semester 2022

Information, 11 April – 15 July 2022

Daniel Birnbaum: Notes on the frames of art

Event, 10 April 2022, 15:00–17:00

Jochen Lempert at Portikus

Exhibition, 12 March – 5 June 2022

Term break 2022

Information, 21 February – 10 April 2022

Rundgang Award Winners

Information, 18 – 20 February 2022

Judith Hopf Class: Grand Nizza Show

Class Project, 18 February – 11 March 2022

Rundgang 2022

Exhibition, 18 – 20 February 2022, 10:00–20:00

Pan Daijing

Online Lecture, 10 February 2022

Jordy Rosenberg: Lift Rift

Online Lecture, 2 February 2022

Ulrike Müller: Moving More Parts

Online Lecture, 25 January 2022

Park McArthur

Online Lecture, 18 January 2022

Sam Durant: Public Discourse?

Online Lecture, 11 January 2022

David Gianotten: Contextual Engagement

Online Lecture20 May 2021, 19:00online
Potato Head Studios (OMA), Bali, 2019 Photo: Kevin Mak, Image courtesy OMAPotato Head Studios (OMA), Bali, 2019 Photo: Kevin Mak, Image courtesy OMA

Through OMA’s projects at different scales and geographical locations, David Gianotten will discuss contextual engagement at different stages of the architectural cycle. The selection of projects will showcase a wide range of typologies, programs, materialities, details, and processes—within the context of each project. While defining parameters, does the context restrain architectural innovation, or does engagement with the context expand possibilities in architecture? Gianotten illustrates how contextual design can actively challenge and transform definitions of existing architectural typologies, the socio-political role of architecture, and ultimately, the initiative of an architect.

David Gianotten is a managing partner and architect at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam. He oversees the overall organizational and financial management, business strategy, and growth of OMA in all markets. Gianotten currently leads the design and construction of projects in different regions, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; the masterplan of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City and the Feyenoord Stadium; Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier—conversion of a 1960s prison complex into a new neighborhood; and Van der Meulen-Ansemsterrein (VDMA)—transformation of an unused site in Eindhoven into a mixed-use urban hub. Gianotten has led the design and realization of Potato Head Studios—a resort in Bali (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth (2020), Prince Plaza in Shenzhen (2020), White Cube LIRCAEI in Lusanga (2018), MPavilion 2017 in Melbourne, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters (2013). He was responsible for the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing (2012). Gianotten joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner in 2010. In 2015, he returned to the Netherlands to oversee OMA globally. He is Chair of Transformational Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology.


The lecture will be held in English language.