Daniela Fabricius

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Daniela Fabricius, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Architecture
M.Arch. Columbia University
B.A. Brown University (Comparative Literature, Visual Art)

Daniela Fabricius is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture. She is currently a Whiting Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities, and was a DAAD Research Fellow in 2012-13. She was also a Graduate Affiliate in the Program in European Cultural Studies from 2013-14. In 2014 she was awarded the Historians of German and Central European Art Emerging Scholars Prize. Her dissertation, entitled Calculation and Risk: The Rational Turn in West German Architecture 1965-1985, considers the themes of rationalism and calculation in postwar West German architecture, with case studies including the Ulm School for Design and the work of Frei Otto and Oswald Mathias Ungers.

She has taught studios and seminars at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pratt Institute. In 2005-6 she was the Architecture and Urban Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. 

Her current research interests include postwar German culture, theory, and politics, postmodernism, media theory, urban studies, the history of technology, and Weimar Germany. She has also worked and published on contemporary urbanism, especially on the question of urban and economic informality. Her work has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. 


Selected publications:

“Capturing the Incalculable: Frei Otto’s Experimental Models,” in Form Finding, Form Shaping, Designing Architecture (Mendrisio: The Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA), forthcoming 2015).

“Displaced Landscapes: Weimar Space between the Urban and the Rural” in New Realities and Neue Sachlichkeit: Modern German Art during the Weimar Republic (Los Angeles: LACMA/Prestel, forthcoming 2015).

"Who’s Afraid of Ludwig Hilberseimer? Spectrality and Space in the Groszstadt," Journal of Architectural Education Volume 67, Issue 1, March 2013.

“The Revolution of the Ordinary,” Architectural Design (City Catalyst: Architecture in the Age of Urbanization), August 2012.

“Ludwig Leo: An Architectural Oeuvre Between Rationality and Myth,” PIN-UP, Issue 12, Spring/Summer 2012.

“Looking Beyond Informality,” Architectural Design (Latin America at the Crossroads), April 2011. 

“Excerpts from Spheres III: Foams,” Peter Sloterdijk, translation from German. Harvard Design Magazine 29, Fall 2008/Spring 2009.

“Resisting Representation: The Informal Geographies of Rio de Janeiro,” Harvard Design Magazine 28, Spring/Summer 2008.

“Die Wiedersprüchlichen Geografien der Favela” (The Contradictory Geographies of the Favela), Stadtbauwelt 176 (48.07), December 2007.

“Cell Block, Egospheres, Self-Container,” Peter Sloterdijk, translation from the German, Log 10, Summer/Fall 2007.

“Vieques: Greening the US Military,” Log 8, Summer 2006.

Daniela Fabricius and Sanford Kwinter, The American City: An Archival Probe in Mutations (Barcelona: Actar, 2000).

Selected papers and lectures:

Image, Medium, Artifact: Heinrich Klotz’s Historiography of Postmodernism,” European Architectural History Network Meeting, Turin, June 19-21, 2014.

“Architecture Before Architecture: Frei Otto and Johann-Gerhard Helmcke in Collaboration,” Society of Architectural Historians 67th Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.

"Material Calculation: Frei Otto's Soap Film Models," Form Finding, Form Shaping, Designing Architecture, Institute of History and Theory of Art and Architecture, Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio, Switzerland, October 10-11, 2013.

"Material Calculation: Frei Otto's Soap Film Models," Media and Modernity Doctoral Colloquium, Princeton University, March 12, 2013.

“The Spinner Experiment: Frei Otto and the Institute for Lightweight Structures,” European Architectural History Network Meeting, Brussels, May 31-June 3, 2012.

“Informalities Past and the City to Come,” Informal Cities Colloquium, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, October 24, 2010.

“Who’s Afraid of Ludwig Hilberseimer?” 2010 ACSA West Central Fall Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, October 21-23, 2010.

“Bachelor Pads and Bachelor Machines: Playboy Magazine’s Autonomous, Miraculous Architectures,” Architecture in Playboy 1953-1979, Media and Modernity Colloquium, Princeton University, February 23, 2009.

“Informal: Cities and Forms of the 21st Century”, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture, November 15, 2007.