Walter Klasz (At)

Architect, CEO of klaszkleeberger, Lecturer at international Universities  (TU- Munich, Politecnico di Milano, etc.), Scientest at the Institute of Design | unit koge. Structure and Design.


Walter Klasz is an architect, leading the office klaszkleeberger. His scientific work is characterized by a strong link to the built prototypes and his experience in teaching at Universities like TU-Munich (Richard Horden), Palermo and TU-Innsbruck. In 2008/09 Klasz was Guest Professor at the University of applied sciences Giessen.

Walter Klasz
Dipl.-Ing. Architekt
6184 St. Sigmund Nr.12
Architektur / Gestaltung / Konzeptberatung
Wissenschaftler am Institut für Gestaltung I unit koge
Architekturfakultät Innsbruck

Topic: Identity, tradition and aesthetics in sustainable environment,

The Self-Forming Process to achieve sustainable Aesthetics

A scientific apporach at the missing link between tradition in terms of contextual design and contemporary parametric digital tools with the focus on active bending wooden structures.


This paper deals with the natural rules behind self-formation processes. The self-formation is a non hierarchical process, which is defined by its conditions and characterized by the nature inherent phenomenon of equilibrium. The introduction focuses on the sociocultural aspect of the design process as an integrative task – as argued by Susanne Hauser.  Due to the paper of Walter Klasz  „relation based design“  sustainibility reflects the ability and the awareness to be in relation – to be part of an organism. The thesis is summarized in the provocative title of the paper. It is proved by investigations on selected built and unbuilt case studies in the field of active bending structures with the surprising result, that sustainabilty and aesthetics emerge from the same attitude of freedom in self-formation processes.

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Identity, Tradition, Aesthetics, Self-Formation Process, Sustainability, Active Bending, Wooden Structures

International research in this field:

Selforganzied forms are internationally investigated in the field of membranes, folding and recently in active bending. There are technicly focused papers published in conferences like IASS or Structural Membranes. The  paper „Active Bending“ (2) published in the international Journal of Space Structures 2013 gives an overview from the technical point of view. Up to now there is no research with the focus on the application of the advantages of active bending forms in sustainable structures of architectural use.