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Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory)

Research and teaching at IGmA deals with the relationship between architecture (theory), economics, politics and society.

Since its founding in 1967, IGmA has applied a context-based reflection as a teaching method for students in the fields of architecture, theory, politics, economics and society - and since then has influenced not only the thinking of many theoreticians, but also the design approach of countless architects.

Since 01 April 2018 Prof. Dr. Stephan Trüby is in charge of IGmA. With his new team, he continues the tradition of the institute and determines new research directions such as the economics and politics of architecture as well as elements and synthesis of architectural space

Architecture and Cultural Theory

Architecture is perhaps the most complex cultural technique humanity has produced. Nowhere else - neither in literature nor in the theater or in the fine arts - are economic, technical, scientific, artistic, legal, media, religious and political interests as integral as in the case of building and architectural planning.

Even a glance at the history of architecture shows that buildings are also to be seen in the context of cultural (national, regional etc.) differences as well as in the context of transmission processes. They are the result of cultural evolution, which can’t be traced back to distinct individuals (heroes of architectural history, etc.), and owe their existence to a complex mix of economic, political, material and stylistic factors, traditions, craftsmanship rules, software frameworks, etc.

All of this is on the agenda of an architectural theory understood as cultural theory that does not want to indulge in subjectivist illusions. At the same time, architectural theory - as well as subject-oriented design theory - is not only interested in what happened in the past and what is happening right now, but also how things should be; and this not only in the sense of desirable artifacts, but also in the sense of a desirable society.


1.-15. March 2019

IGmA is closed between 01.03.2019 and 15.03.2019.

14. February 2019

IGmA Day Presentation of the design seminars, film screening and exhibition opening

2 February 2019

Prof. Trüby is giving a lecture on "Right-wing Spaces" at the annual conference of the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft in Jena.

15 January 2019

Prof. Trüby gives a lecture on "Altstadt und Altermoderne" in Heidelberg.

12 January 2019

The Standard (Vienna) reports on Prof. Trüby and the debate around the New Frankfurt Old Town.

4 January 2019

The FAZ reviews Prof. Trüby´s book, Geschichte des Korridors (History of the Corridor)

19 December 2018

Prof. Trüby gives a lecture on „Veranstaltungen des Korridors“ (Events of the Corridor) at the University of Stuttgart.

5 December 2018

Prof. Trüby invited to give a lecture on „Right-Wing Spaces: Politics and Architecture” at the Hochschule Düsseldorf / Peter Behrens School of Arts.

28 November 2018

Marlowes reports on the Conference IGmAde: 50+ Years of Architecture, Theory and Poiesis.

23. November - 9. December 2018

Exhibition “IGmAde: 50+ Years of Architecture, Theory & Poiesis” at the Württembergischer Kunstverein.

22-24. November 2018

International Conference "IGmAde: 50+ Years of Architecture, Theory & Poiesis” at the University of Stuttgart and the Württembergischer Kunstverein.

22 November 2018

A New Project Space @IGmA opened with the Exhibition Bayern, München: 100 Jahre Freistaat. Eine Raumverfälschung. (Bavaria, Munich: 100 Years of the Free State. A Falsification of Space.)



Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) (IGmA)

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