A research cell is a systemically organized conjunction of specific practices conceived and performed in different media in order to provide particular approaches to concrete objects of research through the generation of certain artifacts or through a shared performance of its practices. The specific organization of the practices that configure a cell—and possibly each individual practice—is conceived through interaction with the objects they treat and the approach each research cell is intended to provide. Similarly to the research methodology they configure, the cells are therefore not defined a priori and may not be valid for researching a different object under different circumstances.

A research cell can constitute a singular project (e.g. Klangumwelt Ernst-Reuter-Platz) or one realization of a research framework (e.g. near(ly) sounds). A research framework is understood here as a basic conceptual setting conceived to be performed in concrete spatio-temporal conditions. Although a research framework is defined conceptually and not necessarily connected with a concrete object of research, its specification (e.g. near(ly) sounds. Bauhausgebäude) is always motivated by and realized in interaction with a specific object.

According to the basic concept of Architecture of Embodiment, the products generated in each cell act as enabling factors for the understanding of architecture as a condition for the emergence of sense. They are elements of contingency that configure a field of emergence of a possible architecture of embodiment.

The research cells presented here are listed chronologically.