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Bettina Siegele

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Innsbruck, Austria
Bettina Siegele (*1992) studied architecture and art history and is currently a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Institute for Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck. Her dissertation deals with the concept of feminism in architecture. She finished her master’s degree in architecture 2018 with the work "J.G. Ballard and the Pineal Eye" for which she has been awarded with the Deans Award. 2017 she received the AICA price for young art critique.

Call for ideas 2020

Poliphila's dream of architecture


Poliphila's dream of architecture


Poliphilo becomes Poliphila, and like the character from "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili", she dreams of selected architecture.
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Published in 1499 “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” pictures Poliphilo's dream of his lost lover Polia. Within this dream Poliphilo is going on a journey, where he encounters enchanting woods, ruins, pyramids, theatres, as well as mythical creatures, allegories etc. Essential elements of this dream are the notions of architecture and its highly detailed descriptions. The architectural historian Alberto Pérez-Gómez describes “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” as one of the first narratives of architectural practice that attempts to show that architecture is about much more than just form and space, it is also about time and human presence on earth. While in the original story the male protagonist Poliphilo is dreaming, it is my intention to reverse this gender role, hence, to let a female protagonist named Poliphila dream of the specific architecture. Much like in the original, the background story is just a framework for the extensive and detail-oriented depiction of spaces and buildings.

Poliphila's dream of architecture


Poliphila's dream of architecture


Poliphilo becomes Poliphila, and like the character from "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili", she dreams of selected architecture.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Published in 1499 “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” pictures Poliphilo's dream of his lost lover Polia. Within this dream Poliphilo is going on a journey, where he encounters enchanting woods, ruins, pyramids, theatres, as well as mythical creatures, allegories etc. Essential elements of this dream are the notions of architecture and its highly detailed descriptions. The architectural historian Alberto Pérez-Gómez describes “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” as one of the first narratives of architectural practice that attempts to show that architecture is about much more than just form and space, it is also about time and human presence on earth. While in the original story the male protagonist Poliphilo is dreaming, it is my intention to reverse this gender role, hence, to let a female protagonist named Poliphila dream of the specific architecture. Much like in the original, the background story is just a framework for the extensive and detail-oriented depiction of spaces and buildings.


Idea by

Bettina Siegele
Innsbruck
Austria
Bettina Siegele (*1992) studied architecture and art history and is currently a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Institute for Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck. Her dissertation deals with the concept of feminism in architecture. She finished her master’s degree in architecture 2018 with the work "J.G. Ballard and the Pineal Eye" for which she has been awarded with the Deans Award. 2017 she received the AICA price for young art critique.