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‘Societies of Control’ vs. ‘Gestaltungsgesellschaften’

2015 Portfolio Robert Alexander Gorny

BIO: Robert Alexander Gorny is founder of the nomadic agency relationalthought (2010). A graduate of the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies, TU Delft (2014), he is currently teaching at the Chair of Methods and Analysis, while in parallel conducting his doctoral studies. His work aims at an agential-realist understanding of architectural production and respective modes of thinking and practice for the multidisciplinary arrangement of, and discourse on the built environment. His research puts forward new relational methodologies to work within the Ecologies of Architecture. This understanding finds itself at the very intersection of theory and practice, research and design, and agency and production, so as to explore transdisciplinary design strategies that traverse the urban to architectural, territorial to detail, and socio-spatial to eco-systemic scale.




PROJECT: The Berlage (2012–13) Project Code: ARB101 Project Type: Collective Master Studio Project Title: Ecological Modernity Project Site:  Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam (NL) TUTORS: Olaf Gipser, with Gary Freedman. TEAM: Yoonhee Bae, Ju Hwa Baek, Karthik Balla, Saran Chaiyasuta, Robert Alexander Gorny, Ye Han Ryang Huh, Aleksandar Joksimovic, Xiao Liu, Anna Sissela Michalsdotter, Ajay Kumar Saini, Like Tao. 4

“Lagoon City”, Rendering ⁄ Photomontage (RG)

Ecological Modernity: The City as a Matrix of Coexisting Urban Biotopes

Our understanding of the city from its century-long opposition to nature transforms, to become understood as some sort of ecology by its own, city as another-nature. This eco-centric approach, in which an (urban) ecosystem vitally benefits from managing biodiversity, suggests addressing the city’s future task as the planned accommodation of human and nonhuman populations — a project of thinking the city as habitat of multiple densities.



Final Group project (Photomontage RG)

Dutch landscape is a paradigmatic example of how environment is a construction. Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam calls for experimenting these multiple densities, negotiating human and nun human interests. As one of the biggest urban development areas in the city it also need to establish a missing link in the Ecologische Hoofdstructuur, for the major eco-corridor in the northern Holland landscape. The City of Urban Biotopes locates ecological performativity in the moment, when the urban form becomes the host for the cohabitation of diverse forms of life, and projects these spatial negotiations in a tripartite human/non-human design scheme: The high-density proposal for the linear ‘Corridor City’ projects a series of micro-climatic rooms, where the architecture and urban form serves as a non-figurative screen, to foreground biotopic diversity, and the function of urban form and architecture as the creation of socio-environmental conditions. Agricultural production and build environment become negotiated on the basis of a synergistic doubling of economical and spatial interests. The design for the ‘Glazed City’ relies on the Dutch tradition of poldering, the separation of an environment that would normally not be productively usable. It addresses the performativity of architecture — the enclosure of an interior — as a model for the ecological city. An ecological model of the semi-urban and water-related built environment is detailed in the scenario ‘Lagoon City’. The project reclaims on a typological level the ecological performativity and effectiveness of landscape and built environments in times of scarce resources.


Studio Pin-Up with Like Tao & Olaf Gipser (Photo: Mick Morssink)

Phasing diagram (RG ASM, RH)




“Uncertain Grounds”: Individual first-stage development of the site into risk-mitigated environmental strips


Environmental phasing diagram, ‘Lagoon City’ (AJ, YB & RG)

Rendering/Photomontage of “The Glazed City” (RG)




PROJECT: The Berlage (2012–13) Project Code: ARB201 Project Type: Collective Master Studio Project Title: The Nile Metropolitan Delta Project Site:  Nile Delta, Egypt TUTORS: Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Oliver Thill, with Diederik de Koning TEAM: Golnar Abbasi, Karthik Balla, Abdul Hakim Abdullah, Ahmad Nazmi Anuar, Keith Chung, Zhou Fang, Robert Alexander Gorny, Felipe Guerra, Xiao Liu, Ajay Kumar Saini.


“The Nile as a Machine”: Illustration (RG)

The Nile Metropolitan Delta: A Resilient Revolution of Ever-changing Eco-cycles

The Nile Metropolitan Delta aims at understanding the extreme condition of settlements in the Nile Delta plain in order to define spatial interventions that deal with limited resources and rapid urbanization.



TNMD diagrams (XL, GA, ANA, RG)

From western problems to vernacular potentials: Instead of focusing on the problems of the Nile Delta, our in-depth readings of the territory began to reveal a set of potentials and opportunities which are closely tied to the specific geographic features of the different parts of the Delta. With the readings also came the realization of the central role of infrastructure — a key instrument of top-down planning — in shaping the territory and its potential in guiding future growth. The restrategizing of infra-structure on the scale of the whole Delta then becomes the pretext for architectural and spatial interventions on the scale of the specific parts that constitute it. But rather than a set of solutions, the outcome of The Nile Metropolitan Delta studio should be understood as a discursive projection on a possible future for the Delta. The studio aimed to aimed to understand the Nile Metropolitan Delta as a working machine: The projective diagram shows the collective reading and mapping of the Delta after the field trip. It locates the primary systems of infrastructure in terms of their territorial specificity and their operational potentials to become tools to guide further urban growth. In order to deal with the future challenges of urban growth, reduction of agricultural land and environmental changes, the strategic project addresses the Nile Delta through a series of infrastructures. With the collective reading as the point of departure, five further elaborations are carried out exploring different territories and conditions that constitute the Delta. The elaborations investigate the different contexts in respect to the future projections on the issues of population and urban growth, socio-political shifts and explore some possibilities for the Delta in 2050.


Group: Coastal design (RG, KC)




Research Assistance: The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design Delft University of Technology

Print production: Berlage 2015 Prospectus, Exhibition Flyer, Thesis Show Posters, Thesis Show Exhibition Planning, Curricular Material, Curricular Diagrams




Guest Teaching: Re-qualifying the Tools & Agency of Architect(ure)s

“THE TOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE”: MSc1 Seminar Architectural Studies, AR1MET030 (3 ECTS Points)

“THE ROLES OF ARCHITECTS”: MSc1 Seminar Architectural Reflections, AR1MET040 (3 ECTS Points)

Chair of Methods and Analysis, Prof. Dr. ir. Tom Avermaete Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

Chair of Methods and Analysis, Prof. Dr. ir. Tom Avermaete Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment Delft University of Technology

This course fosters critical awareness and creative abilities of students to engage the various tools of architecture. During the course, students will explore a set of tools between canonical and experimental approaches; their modus operandi between process and representation; their instrumentality for both analytic and projective modes of thinking. This one-and-a-half month long, intense seminar is structured around a central assignment, during which students will investigate the use of different techniques, tools, and instruments by means of an architectural project from relevant contemporary architectural practices, chosen initially by each student.

This course challenges students to position themselves within contemporary architectural practices. Through the course students will first inquire current examples of diverse architectural roles and agencies; their foci and scopes, their socio-economical context and theoretical background. During this six-week workshop students will comparatively analyze, contextualize, derive, and discuss the differing roles within current practice, by means of a visual essay, in which students are asked to bring forward their own position, through their own critique, or updated relevance of the investigated roles of the architect.


Student Videos: Pim Pelt, Linda Feretti (Spring 2015)

Pavel Bouse, Michal Czeszejko (Spring 2015)

Valentina Bencic, Anna de Putti (Spring 2015)




DOCTORAL RESEARCH PROJECT AT DELFT UNIVERSIT Y OF TECHNOLOGY, FACULT Y OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (2015 RESEARCH PROPOSAL): This doctoral research project aims at outlining a first comprehensive genealogy of the apartments, whose form-taking within the ecosystem of modern space seems fatally neglected in architecture history and theory. While apartments and modern housing maintains the subject of ample scholarly work, presenting manifold sociological, art-historical, stylistic and typological aspects of the modern form of living, it is quite difficult to find a single study that would offer a straightforward, comprehensive and long-term account, that critically pays attention to the question how apartments have become the globally dominant form of living. The study therefore identifies the genesis of apartments as a blind spot within architectural theories on spatial modernization and transformation processes in general. The aim of the study is to put forward a new-materialist and ecosystemic ontology of the built environment that contributes to (post-)foucauldian works, which have largely extended and re-framed our understanding of modern space and the function of architecture therein. However, in their initial institutional focus, these studies continue to ignore how, parallel to institutional spaces of enclosure, apartments took form in tantamount cellular arrangements. Since the 2000s a growing stream of feminist works has started to study modern domesticity as a potentially counterpanoptic dispositif, but these studies hardly include the actual architectural form of living. To finally include apartments on the list of modern figuration engenders updating several dominant paradigms in architecture theory of modernization. As it enables connecting a set of hitherto separate fields 18

PhD Research Video Trailer,

Blind Spot Apartments: Toward a Flat Theory of Modernization 


of research, this update is seen as a chance to advance any ‘productive’ understanding of the built environment. The study charts this theoretical terrain vague in a tripartite structure. The study will investigate in three series, how apartments have become the most significant concretization of modernization processes in the built environment. In order to do so, it begins investigating, (1) how ‘appartements’ become specified as a concept and spatio-material formation in 16th century royal castles and aristocratic hôtels in France, and how it progressively becomes the canonical form of domestic space of court society. Therein the study reinvestigates how then emergence of domestic planning theory is tied to the emerging notions of privacy and the related art of ‘distribution’. It problematizes then how architects stops representing a given order and discover architecture’s instrumental capacity of ordering. The study analyses how appartements pertain to the ‘space of enclosure’ of disciplinary society, as analyzed famously by French Philosopher Michel Foucault. The study investigates then (2) how, and why this aristocratic form of living undergoes a morphogenic change into apartment houses and how they become ‘speciated’ into a more widespread, middle-class form of living at the end of the 17th century, and crystallizing in other dense European capitals as Berlin and Vienna. Finally it looks at (3) how apartment housing, as another mutation, become ‘specialized’ to house the exploding world population as a global solution. Based on these historical analyses, the study approaches related but more architecturetheoretical considerations on the modern organization of society and its assumed relation to processes of individuation of subjectivation. Given the world-wide propagation of apartment housing, the study assumes apartments as the prime assemblage of subjectivation of modern space. Therewith my study challenges post-foucauldian research, whether not apartment have in fact conditioned, or ‘arranged’ the modern world. Methodologically the architecture-theoretical study poses the question regarding the genesis of apartments, hence, not in terms of a historical analysis of residential buildings, typologies, or styles and their origins; but oppositely, poses it in terms of an ‘etiology’ as a study of their causation. This entails abandoning representative theories of the built environment (i.e. that architecture represents social developments) in favor of productive and agential theories of it (the degree to which social reality is only produced or actualized by its built reality and established structures). Thereby the genesis of apartments must be understood less in terms of the typological differentiation that apartments have undergone historically, but more importantly in terms of the difference that apartments have made in our global coexistence. Environmental sciences have increasingly taught us to understand phenomena from the material configuration, from which they emerge. In ecology, geology, and physics for example, change does not happen ‘in’ an environment, but it matters as a transformation ‘of’ a material environment. Such a material-discursive understanding of the built environment is however still missing. With the final aim to outline such an account, the study investigates the genesis of apartments as such a material transformation of our living environment, actualized in reconfiguring how we relate to another through the material arrangement, not ‘space’, of architecture. The preposition “through” here does not reclaim any architectural determinacy. It simply takes up novel post-structuralist, and new-materialist understanding of the agency of form as both a product of modernization, but also a site of its production. If modernization is a complex process of environmental transformation, socio-economic re-territorialization, and epistemic reconfiguration; then the ecology of modern architecture it is yet to be understood in its fully-fledged relationality, reciprocity and irreducibility. Helping to clarify this agency, the Deleuzian concept of arrangement or ‘assemblage’ requires conceptualizing people, buildings and urban flows on the same material plane of composition. Apartments, as such an assemblage, are thus not any ‘object’ of this study, but rather its ‘lens’. In analyzing how apartments afford change by reconfiguring a multiplicity of mutually co-determining factors, a study of changing floor plans will construct a deliberately doubleedged “flat theory” of modernization. ... 19


“Shift Happens! A Prologue to Gestaltungsgesellschaften,” in San Rocco #10: Ecology, Summer 2014.

Shift Happens! San Rocco #10

INDEPENDENT ESSAY, PUBLISHED NOV 2014: ( Excerpt ) ... Until now, architecture has always been concerned with stability, or it has always been employed to produce stable things. But that is over. At least, instability presents a problem on a much larger scale, a fact which forces us to question static constructs. Walking a theoretical tightrope linking a number of ecological, philosophical and architectural considerations, this essay takes up a synthetic perspective of the built environment. Introducing and conceptualizing the German notion of Gestaltungsgesellschaften allows us to reopen discussions about our agency in our transforming environments, and to push beyond the defensive attitude and scary morality with which our societies of control have burdened “ecological thinking”.


From Societies of Control to Gestaltungsgesellschaften: Twenty-five years ago, Deleuze clarified in his “Postscript on the Societies of Control” how we no longer lived in the modern disciplinary societies that Foucault’s work had described. Instead, he argued, we had generated new societies, ones he calls societies of control. No longer needing to contain movement but shaped by the live-monitoring of open flows, societies of control are characterized by “a generalized crisis in relation to environments of enclosure”. The virtual dissolution of the private sphere, the live-monitoring of free movement, the employment of passwords to access information, the accumulation of credit and debt, etc, gave “control” its increasingly negative connotation. Deleuze’s bias against these negative corrective forms of control and, more importantly, the one-sided reception of it are remarkable considering the philosopher’s


life-long endeavor to critique repressive powers

Gestaltungsgesellschaften might thus be

by differentiating them from and deriving fresh potential from new arrangements.

understood as the German version of “Yes we

from the empowerment, which new personal rights and freedoms, the myriad of new ways in which to transform the body, and prognostic and

This negativity, however, has charac-

terized much of our recent past, perhaps most blatantly in the context of environmental change and the call to protect some “state of nature”

can!” This call for self-transformation results

prosthetic technologies have provided for one’s

that no longer exists. But the problem is there is nothing to fix, no perfect state to which we can

own becoming. In this context, Gestaltungsgesellschaften name collective agencies and

return. “Nature” is an idea that belongs to the past! The concept of the Anthropocene era theo-

their creative potential to open unitary environments up to a multiplicity of possible trajectories

rizes the notion that since the industrial revolution human action became a geological force,

we might explore. Seeing control not only as a system of defense, Gestaltungsgesellschaften

terraforming our environment on planetary and aeonic scales. In other words, it suggests that

transgress control societies and their corrective organization through their ability to instrumen-

humans are purposefully redesigning the entire globe. It was in this context that I first encoun-

talize control in order to do things differently. ...

tered the idea of Gestaltungsgesellschaften. The word popped up as a counter-model to the prevalent perception of our socio-political environment as what Ulrich Beck has called that of a “risk society”. The compound German word is difficult to translate. First, and perhaps surprisingly for a German concept, the term has an incredibly positive connotation and promises many wonderful possibilities. Gesellschaft is the German term for “society”, and gestalt has become a technical term in psychology and aesthetics related to the perception of form. But more than the perception of form, Gestaltung nominalizes the creative activity of designing, arranging or shaping. The concept invokes a sort of “design agency” – some design firms use it to describe themselves – but Gestaltung is not necessarily the same thing as “design”. The English usage of the word “design” conflates an immanent search for an ensemble (gestalten, as in mise-en-forme) and a more hylomorphic imposition of form (entwerfen, as in drafting or projection), whereby the latter is more related to the modern idea of planning, as I will discuss later. The idea of Gestaltung might offer a means of breaking away from the negative attitude and superstructural ideas of control and its repressive function in order to embrace its transitive potential. The message here is simple: “shift happens” regardless; all we (as a society) can do is try to deal with it creatively! 21


CONFERENCE PAPER, PUBLISHED FEB 2015: ( Excerpt ) ... The last century has composed a detailed clinical picture treating the metropolitan body. This symptomatology documents in numerous studies the technologies deployed in the reconstruction of its resource flows, its revolving modus operandi, and its unfamiliar appearance. In the prominent case of Paris studies rendered the becoming-modern of the city by giving attention to three different forms of modernizations, and to such an extent that they turned into clichés: (1) In terms of the modern body, the most worn-out cliché of modernity might be Foucault’s analyses of the spatial dispositif of containment at work in modern institutions and their cascading deployment toward a cellular organization of the build environment. Given the formal emphasis in the following discourse on his concept of biopolitics it seems indeed important to reemphasize the 22

eco-systemic genealogy, which brought about Foucault’s thinking through Canguilhem’s philosophy of biology, Haeckel’s concept of ecology as the study of ‘conditions of existence’, back to Virchow’s multicellular theory of the state organism. From the organism to its cells, from the body to its milieu, what remains invaluable in this changing epistemology are Foucault’s observations concerning the individuation of bodily and spatial formations, and their capacity of fabricating new forms of life. Authors started to elaborate on the wider entanglement between Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture as for example Sven-Olov Wallenstein in his eponymous book, by detecting how architecture in its becoming-modern withdraws from symbolically representing a given order and discovers its potential to itself become a tool for ordering, and for shaping new forms of life.

Critical and Clinical Cartographies International Conference Proceedings . Edited by Andrej Radman and Stavros Kousoulas. TU Delft, 2015.

The Immunization of Paris: Closing the triptych of modern clichés for the two- fold matter of   form-taking ”


(2) The life-sustaining circulatory

systems of the city were for long addressed separately through the emerging frameworks of infrastructures and planning. Making Haussmann’s renovation as the second big cliché, studies charted the impact of restructuring the medieval city by means of specialized networks that channel and manage material flows. Cutting a long story short: infrastructure thinking gave us an intricate insight to disciplinary environments. It gives evidence that ‘containment’ is

foci in architecture theory, philosophy, social sciences and literature. Taken apart in different fields and from different perspectives, they formed a great body of knowledge constantly added to. But while being a contingently obligatory, but not logical or necessary cascade of events, those aspects were hardly exposed together, as a strange triptych. If we link all three aspects, we can quickly recognize the manner in which they depict (new) forms and their (new) interaction more than asking, how they take

less an issue of mere enclosure, but rather of engineering the flows of resources and desires

form. But as ‘The constituted does not resemble its process of production, its constitution’ these

that allows the city to grow and reproduce, to maintain their structures, and to respond to their

images of thought fail to arrive at a basic under-

environments. Infrastructures concretize how relationships are drawn and interdependencies are produced. Thinkers continue to liaise effectively with this modernization regarding the cities changed organization, describing the role of infrastructure as the management of transformation in pursuit of a new network paradigm.

(3) In regard to psychological modern-

ization most authors and artists have started imaging the desubjectivation of citizens and their alienation in becoming urban forms of life. The former city right had bound together a social body. The rules of urbanity cut this relationship asunder, forcing urbanites to become a mere part of the physical processes of city-life itself. Benjamin left us his description how ‘the domestic interior moves outside’ and he characterized the figures and figurations of this process. Covering formerly open-air public space, to ease (say: control) the environmental conditions for the economic exchange of goods, the Parisian passages became the third cliché. Taken as some compensating sphere, the emergence of the bourgeois intérieurs and arcades, the passages couverts, were pictured as the generation of new typologies of accumulation, and elaborated on widely regarding an emergent class consciousness and new spaces of selfdefinition at the beginnings of the consumptionoriented environment of Europe’s capital cities. Those three images are, rather significantly, widely mistaken as three separate pieces; at best they are held as complementary forms of modernization, due to different interdisciplinary

standing of the effectuating operating forces in what conditions those forms to take form. When approaching modernization precisely from the point of view of form-taking renders a critical blind spot at the very intersection of the three clichés. And, as I want to argue, it is precisely this blind spot that manifests the singularity of modern architecture! In order to reveal this scotomic error regarding architecture, a non-representational theory formation becomes necessary to see architecture as a material practice within an ecology of mutually co-determining factors—and not the determinant, nor the (over-) determined thing in a state of affairs. This conception would however be the basis to understand the formation of modern space as a specific ecology, and to shed light on its constitution. As a result, instead of simply connecting ‘what was happening’, it might be more interesting to ask, ‘what’s going on in what’s happening’! This provoked me to reconsider the clichés as interdependent ‘surface effects’, caused on the same engineering strata of modern subjectivation. To arrive at this lower strata one would require a theory that interlinks the disciplinary dispositif within the disjunctive production of modern space, with the engineering of resource flows and connections of infrastructure, and the constitution of spheres of consumption, in the self-alteration of the same urban body. Thus it will be necessary to merge the three layers on the same level, by understanding that they, first of all, present material practices. From there, when taken as morphogenetic map of modernity, we can close the triptych and fold it for the sake of form-taking. 23

2008 – 2012 WORK ⁄ SMAQ (BERLIN)

Freelance Work: Intensifying Urban Environments and unfolding Social Relevance

to continue working in the small, but renown Berlin-based office on numerous projects, ranging from small architectural projects, to exhibitions, to housing complexes to large scale master planning. Many of the provoking designs for national and international competitions submitted were awarded first and second prizes. My involvement grew quickly from initial design, diagramming, modeling and visualization assignments, toward a more intermediary position with more concepting, organizing and coordinating responsibilities in the design process. With my focus on visualization, I repeatedly contributed to commissioned research projects, and publications of the office. The following pages list my major contributions:


Überhafen, Future Development Scenario for HafenCity, Hamburg

From 2009 to 2012, I worked with the office SMAQ – architecture urbanism research. Having started as an Intern in 2008, I was happy

Temporary Bus shelter. Grorud Senter, Oslo (Norway)

Integrative Urban Sustainability Plan. Neue Weststadt, Esslingen (Germany)

Integrative Energy ad Resource Flow Diagram. Neue Weststadt, Esslingen (Germany)



2008 – 12 WORK ⁄ SMAQ (BERLIN) 2012


CULTURE CENTER, ISERLOHN (GER) Archit.   design competition, 2nd Prize

Book publication (Berlin: Jovis, 2012) Team: Smaq (Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau) and R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, T. Moore with L. Saether, T. Chapman, M. Titze, M-L.  Raue

Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, J. Tankard and HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff)

“RAIN MAKERS”, CASABLANCA (MAR) Invited design research Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) and Anna Viader-Soler with R. Gorny Work: Illustration, Postproduction BONNEAU ACADEMY (HTI) Design consultation for an educational facility, Bonneau, Port Payé, Haiti Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau), R. Gorny, A. Kostreva 2010

AALTO UNIVERSITY, OTANIEMI (FIN) International design competition


Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva and Anna Vader landscape (A. Viader-Soler)

Invited urban research and workshop for iba Labor 2011 Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau), with


R. Gorny and Anna Viader (A. ViaderSoler, A. Seisdedos, E.  L ange)

Architectural design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, K. Weisgerber 2011


Work: concept, design, visualization, postproduction

social housing design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau), with D. Fernandéz-Pascual, N. Gnes, R. Gorny,

SCIENCE PORT, MAGDEBURG (GER) Commissioned master plan design

A. Kostreva)

Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with S. Lettau, R. Gorny, U. Kumberger, A. Kostreva, S. Favagiotti and HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff)

CREATIVE QUARTER; MUNICH (GER) Urban design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, N. Lincoln and K. Weisgerber) and Anna Viader (A. Viader-Soler, E. Lange) ECOCITY WINDTOWER, HAMBURG (GER) Façade design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, K. Weisgerber, A. Kostreva and Buro Happold


TOWNHOUSES “JENFELDER AU”, HAMBURG (GER) commissioned housing model design Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, U. Kumberger, N. Gnes

REICHSEINHEITSSPEICHER, MAGDEBURG (GER) Projects and infrastructure plan Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with N. Gnes, R. Gorny, A. Kostreva and HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff))

PRJ’S 2008–2009 (Internship) KRÜCKAU-VORM.  , ELMSHORN (GER) International Competition, 2nd Prize Team: Smaq (S.  M üller, A.  Q uednau), R. Gorny, T. J. Moore, M. Sacchi with HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff), Buro Happold, and Johannes Grothaus)

“NEW WEST CITY” MASTER PLAN, ESSLINGEN (GER) Intern.   restr.   urban design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau), P. Bagna, N. Gnes, R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, S. Lettau, L. Raue with HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff) and Buro Happold (S. Draeger, A. Fotiou, C. Wieczorek))

NEW MARIBOR ART GALLERY (SVN) International arch.   competition Team: Smaq (S.  M üller, A.  Q uednau) with P. Bagna, N. Friedman, R. Gorny “CUMULUS” OSLO (NOR) 2009

TERZ: QUARTIER AM WINTERGARTENHAUS, LEIPZIG (GER) Intern.   restr.   urban design competition Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, M. Titze

Europan Competition (2007), 1st prize Orig.   Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with F.  Flores, S. Izquierdo) Work: Renderings, Illustrations, Postproduction

UPDATING CAMPUS BERLIN BUCH (GER) Intern.   restricted competition, 3rd Prize Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, A. Kostreva, L. Raue with HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff) NURSING HOME, GUNDELSHEIM (GER) Restricted arch.   design competition

“CUMULUS” OSLO (NOR) Europan 9 Competition, 1st prize Orig.   Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau)

Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with

with F.  Flores, S.  Izquierdo;

P.  B agna, R. Gorny with HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff) and Büro Happold (S. Draeger, A. Fotiou)

Development Plan Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny SCIENCE QUARTER MAGDEBURG (GER) Masterplan Competition, 1st Prize Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with

ENVIRONMENTS ⁄ SMAQ Exhibition design and realization, DAZ Deutsches Architekturzentrum, Berlin Team: Smaq (A. Quednau, S. Müller) with V. Cosani, F. Corvino, R. Gorny, L. Rogers

R. Gorny, M. Titze with HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff)) CHARTER OF DUBAI ⁄ X-PALM (UAE) Exhibition & Catalogue at the Rotterdam, International Architecture Biennial Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with R. Gorny, T. J. Moore, M. Titze) “DOTS AND LOOPS”, BURGOS (ESP) Europan competition (2001), 1st Prize

Work: Illustrations, Graphic design

Orig.   Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with M. Male-Alemany Work: Renderings and illustration postproduction SCHLEGELSTRASSE, BERLIN (GER) Roof terrace design Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau) with

“CUMULUS” OSLO (NOR) Europan 9 competition, 1st prize Team (orig.  ) : Smaq (S. Müller,

P. Bagna, N. Friedman, R. Gorny, A. Thorsén. 

A. Quednau) with F. Flores, S. Izquierdo) Work: Exhibition model production

URBAN PROMENADE FINOW CANAL, EBERSWALDE (GER) Invit.   master plan competition, 3rd Prize

ART NOW HOTEL BEIJING (PRC) Interior Design and execution Planning Team: Smaq (S.  M üller, A.  Q uednau) with


Team: Smaq (S.  M üller, A.  Q uednau) with N. Friedman, R. Gorny, A. Thorsén and HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff)

R. Gorny, J. Luis Llaca, M. Titze) Work: Furniture design, detailing

Team: Smaq (S. Müller, A. Quednau), with R. Gorny, L. Rogers and HL (F. Heilbronner, N. Lachkareff)



Perspective of a Cognistère; or A Counter-Arrangement for Architecture in the Age of Permanent Education

PROJECT: The Berlage (2012–13) Project Type: Master Thesis Project Project Site:  Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, BK City, Delft (NL) THESIS ADVISOR: Ole Bouman, Salomon Frausto TUTORS: with Billy Nolan and Brendan Cormier. THESIS COMMITTEE: Prof. Karin Laglas (Dean, Faculty of Architecture), Prof. Alexandra den Heijer; OTHER ADVISORS: Ido Avissar, Olaf Gipser, Freek Persyn, Marc Schoonderbeek, Dirk Simons; Salomon Frausto (Head of Education, The Berlage), and Nanne de Ru (Director, The Berlage) 28

Cognitarians regain the corporate architecture of the universitas, and its ‘colleg/ctive’ mode of accumulation!

Rendering of the Cognistère, and its voluntary debtors

Reclaim studying as an epistemic form of life, through an auxiliary act of inhabiting the locus of intellectual production.


PhD Research Video Trailer,

Cognitive capitalism made the university no longer a place for studying, as all disciplinary environments move over and let frameworks take control over the accumulation of inventionpower as biocapital. Education takes place as the acquisition of generic skills in generic environments of axiomatic frameworks. They apparently outmode architecture as the projective (re-)arrangement of relations. The project makes an example with the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. It offers a counter-arrangement for “Architectu �re”, vis-à-vis the faculty’s trend to stage a consumption-oriented experience economy of BK City, by challenging its will-to-the-city through a primary act of inhabitation. This project proposes a radical managerial shift, by transforming the faculty of architecture into apartments. Instead of coming here to work, the place is rented by the voluntary debtors of Architecture: a true immeuble cité of living biocapital. 30

A new wing


# A voluntary collective of 750 rent-paying debtors of architecture : If you choose to go into architecture you gotta pay to be part of it. Your rent is the economical support for the

$ Transformation of the existing building: The new rues galeries of BK City typify a contemporary interpretation of Dutch row-house urbanity. Multitudes of personal spiral stair cases, for

management, preventing you to pay for both a place of living and a place of work.

those willing to inhabit the immeuble citĂŠ, give access to occupy the left volume of higher level education.


# The extension: A series of minimized celle populates the supports with collective modes of existence. Shared necessities buffer the dividual territory from the ambulatory, a disjunctive

$ Axonometric of the annex flat type, with four bedrooms and a buffer of shared facilities to the collective work units. Beyond the private bedroom, the shareable facilities are semi-public

concatenation of co-working spaces of negotiation, facing the formed quadrangle.

domain, as a buffer to the offices and common areas.


The new mezzanine levels integrate inhabitation into the existing volume of the edifice. By doubling the square metrage, a 50/50% living/studying concept can be achieved without reducing the already minimal academic program.

The new apartments facing the collective work spaces towards the courtyard

Reorganized office layout With access stairs to mezzanine levels






Spaces of Machinic Differentiation

Exhibition at SystM Gallery, Berlin: Letters, offers, improbability, relations, secrets, mistakes, waste — “Return/Fill”-In is a temporary possible world made up of bits of all of these; what happens when thousands of letters are returned to sender and create a space of their own.



Poster Booklet with the text: Unfolding the text, will give the lineage of segments from which the text is composed

A  Layout for Junkspace

BACKGROUND: Unfolded the thin newspaper reveals an auxiliary technique backgrounding the text structure graphically helping as a navigating device




CONTACT : Robert Alexander Gorny Dipl.-Ing., MSc (hons.) Architecture and Urban Design PhD candidate, TU Delft Van Bijlandtplaats 19, 3012 GA Rotterdam ( NL ) m +31 - (0)6 - 42 57 57 66 i e mail @