Karin Jaschke is an architectural historian, theorist and educator.
Her research interests include modern architecture's relationship with ethnography, urban ecology and historiographic engagements with the environmental crisis.
She is subject leader of MArch Architectural Humanities.
Karin Jaschke trained as a professional architect and, after a couple of years in practice, went on to earn an MSc and a doctorate in architectural history from University College London and Princeton University. She has taught architectural history, theory and design at Bauhaus University Weimar, Westminster University and the Bartlett School and for the past ten years has worked at the University of Brighton where she is currently subject leader in postgraduate architectural humanities.
Historiography and Ecology:
Karin's research focuses on the relationship between architectural historiography and ecological theory, with particular attention to architectural history's role in the environmental debate. She currently explores these issues through case-studies of Arcosanti, an experimental building site in the Arizona desert, and a particular interdisciplinary approach to historical restauration in Venice. She has chaired a panel at the SAH on Architectural Ecologies: A Relational History of Architecture, co-edited a double issue of Design Philosophy Papers and published a number of essays on the topic.
Karin has organised a series of symposia on Critical Urban Ecology (CUE) in Brighton, now in its sixth year, with speakers from a wide spectrum of practices and disciplines.
Over the past couple of years, and building on CUE, she has developed a new undergraduate course in architecture and urban planning with a curriculum that emphasises the interrelated and fluid relationship between urban and rural locations, and the importance of interdisciplinary engagement with the topic. The new BA(Hons) Architecture and Urban Planning will start in Fall 2016.
Ethnography and Modern Architecture:
While Karin is keenly interested in cities, she is also drawn to remote and extreme environments: in her PhD dissertation she investigated the mythopoeic and performative character of the ethnographic and archaeological work of Dutch architects Aldo van Eyck and Herman Haan, in North and Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1950s and '60s. She has collaborated with Brighton colleagues on Regards Croisés, a project about different historical and disciplinary perspectives on the modernisation of Tunisian society, expanding her research on Herman Haan's photographic and filmic work in Tunisia. More recently she has worked on the fallacies of a new type of environmentally driven 'expeditionary art' in the Arctic regions.
Ludic Environments:In an earlier publication Karin addressed another type of extreme environment, namely the artifical, ludic spaces of Las Vegas. Stripping Las Vegas: A Contextual Review of Casino Resort Architecture has been part of a number of essays on play-related subjects, on London's toy museums and Aldo van Eyck's Amsterdam orphanage and playgrounds. This theme currently informs an option study, Architecures of Play, that Karin runs at Brighton. By extension, and drawing on previous work related to travel and tourism, Karin has begun to look at a new wave of ultra-luxury lifestyles, and the spatial practices and iconographies of wealth.
Exploring the relationship between the environmental question, resource scarcity, and new materialist theories
Shedding new light on the relationship between the writings, publications, and travels of the influential Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck
A comprehensive reference work on the city for the architectural readership and a starting-point for expanding the theoretical discussion on Las Vegas
Journal of Architecture: Returns of the Avant-Garde: The Post-War Movements.
Contribution to a memorial publication in honour of Professor Gerd Zimmermann of the Bauhaus-University at Weimar.
Goodbun, Jon and Jaschke, Karin (2012) Architecture and relational resources: towards a new materialist practice Architectural Design, 82 (4). pp. 28-33. ISSN 0003-8504
Jaschke, Karin (2011) Aldo van Eyck and the 'Dogon image' In: Buckley, Craig and Rhee, Pollyanna, eds. Architects' journeys: building, traveling, thinking. GSAPP Books, New York, pp. 72-103. ISBN 9781883584665
Jaschke, Karin (2010) Acting Up: Architectural Practice as Performance In: Kossak, Florian, Petrescu, Doina, Schneider, Tatjana, Tyszczuk, Renata and Walker, Stephen, eds. Agency: working with uncertain architectures. Routledge, London, pp. 79-88. ISBN 9780415566025
Willis, Anne-Marie, Jaschke, Karin, Denison, Paul and Andrews, Tara (2009) DPP design philosophy papers: Introduction - Design history futures [Edited Collections]
Blincoe, Karen, Fuad-Luke, Alistair and Jaschke, Karin (2009) DEEDS: a teaching and learning resource to help mainstream sustainability into everyday design teaching and professional practice International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 4 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1740-8822
Jaschke, Karin (2008) City is House and House is City: Aldo van Eyck, Piet Blom and the Architecture of Homecoming In: Lathouri, Marina, Di Palma, Vittoria and Periton, Diana, eds. Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City. Routledge, London, pp. 175-194.
Jaschke, Karin (2006) Architecture as Artifice In: Narrating Architecture: A Retrospective Anthology. Routledge, pp. 29-38. ISBN 9780415374354
Jaschke, Karin (2006) August Schmarsow: Towards an Ecological Concept of Space, Body and Culture In: Gleiter, Jörg, Korrek, Norbert and Schramke, Sandra, eds. Wirklichkeitsexperimente: Architekturtheorie und praktische Ästhetik. Universitätsverlag Weimar, Weimar.
Jaschke, Karin (2005) Aldo van Eyck: architecture as/and art In: Architecture + Art: New Visions, New Strategies, 2nd International Alvar Aalto Research Conference on Modern Architecture, 12-14 August 2005,, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Jaschke, Karin (2005) Aldo van Eyck: Architecture And/As Art In: Architecture + Art: New Visions, New Strategies. Alvar Aalto Academy, Helsinki.
Goodbun, Jon and Jaschke, Karin (2005) Fame and the Changing Role of Drawing In: Davies, Paul and Schmiedeknecht, Torsten, eds. An Architect's Guide to Fame. Architectural Press, London, pp. 51-66. ISBN 075065967X
Jaschke, Karin and Ötsch, S. (2003) Stripping Las Vegas: A Contextual Review of Casino Resort Architecture [Edited Collections]
Karin Jaschke, 'Herman Haan: Performing the Desert'. AA Files. (2015)
Karin Jaschke, Tribal Myths: Architecture and Ethnography after 1945 (book manuscript). (2015)
Karin Jaschke, 'Mythopoesis of Place and Culture: Aldo van Eyck, Herman Haan, and the Dogon'. In Max Risselada et al. (eds.) Team 10: Keeping the Language of Modern Architecture Alive, Conference Proceedings. Delft: Technische Universität Delft: 2006, 110-125. Online Publikation: www.team10online.org/research/papers/Team 2010.pdf
Jon Goodbun, Karin Jaschke, 'An Open Letter to the Oxford Conference'. Building Design, 25.06.2008.
Jon Goodbun, Karin Jaschke, 'Fame and the Changing Role of Drawing'. In Paul Davies and Torsten Schmiedeknecht (eds.) An Architect's Guide to Fame, London, Architectural Press, 2005, 51-65.
Karin Jaschke, ‘Casinos Inside Out’. In Karin Jaschke, Silke Ötsch (eds.) Stripping Las Vegas: A Contextual Review of Casino Resort Architecture. Weimar: Universitätsverlag Weimar, 2003, 109-131.
Karin Jaschke, book-review: Herman Hertzberger, Articulations. In Bauwelt, 09.2003.
Karin Jaschke, 'Architects in the Field: The African Journeys of Aldo van Eyck and Herman Haan'. In Thesis, Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, no. 1, vol. 49, 01.2003, 20-27.
David Cunningham, Jon Goodbun, Karin Jaschke (eds.) Return of the Avant-Garde: The Post-War Movements, special issue of Journal of Architecture. vol. 6, Summer 2001.
Karin Jaschke, 'Architecture as Artifice'. In Journal of Architecture, vol. 6, Summer 2001, 135-143.
Karin Jaschke, 'Jon Jerde's Consuming Fantasies and Other Urban Interiors'. In Architectural Design: New Babylonians, no. 3, vol. 71, 06.2001, 65-73.
Karin Jaschke, ‘An Ngbe Emblem at the Art Museum Princeton University’. Record of the Art Museum Princeton, Spring 2000, 71-76.
Karin Jaschke, 'Conventions, Tours, and Other Journeys: Why Architects Must Travel'. In Nordisk Arkitekturförskning, no. 1-2, 1998.
Karin Jaschke, Book-review: Kevin Rhowbotham, Form to Programme. In Bauwelt, Summer 1996.
'Time in Space', symposium talk, What is at Stake in Environmental Design?, University of Westminster
'Exploratory Art Practices: From Ethnographic Turn to Geological Turn', conference talk, Reading and Exhibiting Nature, University of Westminster)
'Territories and Temporalities', symposium talk, CUE3 Critical Urban Ecology: Territories, University of Brighton
'Historiography as Process: An Ecological History of Architecture', symposium talk, History, Memory and Green Imaginaries Symposium, University of Brighton
'Architecture and Its Resources: Towards a New Materialist Practice', invited lecture, Texas A&M University
'Regards Croisés: Photographing Tunisian Architecture', symposium talk with Julia Winckler, Arab Spring Symposium, University of Brighton
'Vertiginous Matter', invited lecture, part of project BuildingBuilding, Hochschule Luzern
'An Ecological History of Architecture', conference talk, Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change, Plymouth University
'Urban Agriculture as Ecological Aesthetics and Political Ecology (The Energy Apron Plan for Arcosanti Urban Laboratory)', conference talk, mit Jon Goodbun, 2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, University of Brighton
'The mise-en-scène of Elementary Living: Dutch Architects in the Sahara' , conference talk, SAH Society of Architectural Historians 62nd Meeting, Pasadena
'Architecture and Design in Late-Capitalism', invited lecture, Cavendish College, London
'Acting Up: Architectural Practice As Performance', conference talk, Architectural Humanities Research Association 5th International Conference: Agency, AHRA and University of Sheffield
'DEEDS (Design Education Sustainability): A new Teaching & Learning resource to help mainstream sustainability into everyday design teaching and professional practice', conference talk, Changing the Change, Turin 2008
'Mythopoesis of Place and Culture: Aldo van Eyck, Herman Haan, and the Dogon', conference talk, Team 10 – Keeping the Language of Modern Architecture Alive, Technical University Delft
'Gold Cube – Casino als Kontext zeitgenössischer Kunst- und Raumkonzepte', symposium talk, Gold Cube, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
'Mythopoetic Modernism: Aldo van Eyck's Architecture As/And Art', conference talk, 2nd International Alvar Aalto Research Conference, Architecture+Art: New Visions, New Strategies, Jyväskylä
'The Surreality of Aldo van Eyck's Orphanage Building', invited presentation, Doctoral Colloquium, University of Edinburgh
'The Surreality of Aldo van Eyck's Orphanage Building', invited presentation, Doctoral Colloquium, Princeton University
'Enlightened Primitivism: Aldo van Eyck, Ethnography and Late-Modern Architecture’, conference talk, Primitive, Cardiff University
‘Dream Structures: The Meta-Rationality of Dutch Forum Architecture’, conference talk, Architecture and Philosophy, CATH, Leeds University
‘Ethnography as Medium: Aldo van Eyck and Herman Haan in Africa’, conference talk, 3rd SLS (Society for Literature and Science) European Conference, Paris
‘Configurative Design: A City is a House is a City’, conference talk, The Intimate Metropolis: Domesticating the Urban, Infiltrating the Room, Architectural Association
‘Aldo van Eyck and Surrealism’, conference talk, Fantasy Space: Surrealism and Architecture, University of Manchester and Whitworth Art Gallery
‘Lebensform – Bauform: Holländische Architekten in Nord-Afrika 1951 – 1964’, symposium talk, Afrikanische Bauformen, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
‘Child Spaces’, invited lecture, Waseda University
‘The Architecture of Consent’, invited lecture, Waseda University
‘High and Low in British Architecture 1951 – 2001’, invited lecture, Ausser.Gewöhnlich/ Extra.Ordinary, Technische Universität Berlin
‘Aldo van Eyck’s African Quest’, presentation, Doctoral Colloquium, The Bartlett, UCL
'Conventions, Tours, and Other Journeys: Why Architects Must Travel', conference talk, Georgia Institute of Technology
'Conventions, Tours, and Other Journeys: Why Architects Must Travel', conference talk, Architecture – Imagining a Common Ground for Theory and Practice, University of Pennsylvania