Make City Open!

Book presentation and discussion

06/17/2015, 7:00 pm

Bücherbogen , Savignyplatz, Stadtbahnbogen 593–594, 10623 Berlin

Dozens of publications appear every year on contemporary debates within architecture. One of the most current topics is the renaissance of the Urban Commons. Publishing houses Birkhäuser and JOVIS invite MAKE CITY visitors to the Bücherbogen at the Savignyplatz for a presentation of two of their publications: Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market, published in cooperation with Dr. Martin Schwegmann, and Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons, published by Make City director Francesca Ferguson. How does knowledge about Urban Commons connect with the praxis of architecture and urban planning? A podium discussion will address this very question.

This event is part of the MAKE CITY festival.


Partizipation macht Architektur

Colloquium / Book presentation

06/11/2015, 7:30 pm

Moltkestrasse 6a, 26122 Oldenburg

What is the role of participtaion in architecture? Does civic participation make building projects expensive or effective, complicated or sustainable? Does it save time or money? How can needs and wishes of future users turn into realized buildings? Which part does participation play in the professional self-image of the architect?

In our society there is an increasing demand for participation in shaping our built environment. Without civic participation, few major building projects can go ahead. Furthermore, the knowledge of the users with regard to utilization and how spaces are experienced is in fact an important tool for architects during the design process.

Architecture Is Participation presents examples of successful participation, according to a method developed in the practice test, in which the focus is on communication about and by means of atmospheres. Realized Baupiloten projects are supplemented by a wide range of participatory options—presented as practical guidelines that can be used for one’s own individual purposes. Therefore the book invites direct application.

The book presentation will take place in the colloquium of the Institut für partizipatives Gestalten.

06/11/2015 – 06/28/2015

Festival center of MAKE CITY: Czech Centre in Berlin-Mitte, Wilhelmstraße 44, 10117 Berlin

MAKE CITY—Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives is an international festival format for 2015 developed with and for Berlin. It takes place from June 11 to June 28. The Festival will embed itself throughout the city in diverse ways: it rethinks the back yard, climbs on roofs and asks, if high-rises of the future will be made out of wood. It looks back on the concept of “Electropolis” and envisions new forms of living. Over 100 founding partners are sponsors of the festival and took part in developing the program, which is available on

During the time of the festival over 30 curated studio talks and 40 uniquely devised city tours take place. The Czech Centre in the Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin Mitte, will be the place where the international discourse and exchange comes together. The festival invites partners to contribute to a variety of formats. MAKE CITY is decentralized; a city-wide conversation; one that forms cross-links between the architecture, art, and design scenes and makes new connections with the public. The formats will reflect the scales of urban design and engagement from the micro to the macro.

06/11/2015 – 06/20/2015

AIT-ArchitekturSalon@HO Berlin, Holzmarktstraße 66, 10179 Berlin

AIT ArchitekturSalon Pop-UP presents the exhibition “Affordable Living” as part of the first international festival for architecture and urban alternatives, MAKE CITY, taking part in the conversation about new and innovative forms of living.

Housing is a basic need that, for many all over the world, remains unmet or inadequate. In order to ensure the availability of quality living space for everyone, architecture and urban development can contribute significantly to finding new solutions. The challenge of affordable housing lies in achieving an optimum relationship between costs and the “home quality“ value, which is dependent on many local parameters and cultural preferences. In light of this and based on examples of exceptional residential buildings, this book presents not only theoretical approaches but also strategies for creating affordable living spaces. These strategies can be compared by analyzing projects in their economic, social, and urban development contexts. The central question is: how can different approaches for creating affordable residential space be applied and translated to other contexts?

The exhibition is based on the publication Affordable Living - Housing for everyone (edited by Klaus Dömer, Hans Drexler, Joachim Schultz-Granberg). Using exemplary projects from international architects like Gaupenraub +/-, Lacaton & Vassal or Urbanus, it shows the problems, potentials, and dependencies that different approaches bring with them and how these impact our reality of living.

Other events during the exhibition:
June 17, 2015 | 7 p.m. | Studio-Talk “Wohnen inklusiv” with Feddersen Architekten

June 18, 2015 | 1 p.m. | Guided tour with curator Prof. Joachim Schultz-Granberg

June 25, 2015 | 5–10 p.m. | Symposium „Anders wohnen”

Urban Living


05/22/2015 – 07/04/2015

Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ, Köpenicker Str. 48/49, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

The massive need for living space in many big cities today is a chance to forge a new era of housing by creating new qualities. The URBAN LIVING exhibition presents future oriented strategies and ideas for new, affordable living typologies, livable neighborhoods, and a resilient urban development. The exhibition shows strategies for the future that strengthen the advantages of urban life styles as well as the specific characteristics of individual neighborhoods, as well as solutions that create synergies between citizens and decision makers. Projects from the International Urban Living Workshop and from the Self-Made City publication are presented. The exhibition is an interactive urban landscape in which elements are staged by invited curators, emphasizing aspects of the topic “Urban Living”. The exhibition, accompanying events and a blog ( offer visitors various possibilities to develop and share their own ideas and desires concerning living.
 Curated by Kristien Ring, AA Projects / in cooperation with the Senate Department for Urban Planning and the Environment, Berlin.

Side events:

Y-Table Talks at the DAZ

#1: 15.6.2015, 7 p.m. – „ Affordable Living?”

#2: 22.6.2015, 7 p.m.  – „New Forms of Living?“

Expert Workshop as part of the  MAKE CITY festival
13.6.2015, 3 p.m., MAKE CITY festival centre, Czech Cultural Centre, Berlin –
„SELF-MADE CITY: Mechanisms of alternative Urban Development“ (in English)

The exhibition URBAN LIVING is part of the MAKE CITY festival (11.– 28.6.2015). More information about the ”Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives”:

The book Urban Living—Strategies for the Future (Kristien Ring, ed.) presents exemplary designs and solutions from the international Urban Living Workshop.

05/21/2015 – 06/13/2015


Architekturgalerie München, Entrance through the Bookstore L. Werner, Türkenstr. 30, 80333 Munich

JSWD are involved in a wide range of building projects—from a school to a research institute, from a residential building to a museum—and each project is conceived from scratch. One aspect dominates all finished buildings, as well as those currently under construction: they show an intense involvement with the façade, the „skin“ of the building, which connects inside and outside and gives the houses a unique character. The exhibition shows examples of prominent building envelopes.


This is Modern


05/11/2015 – 05/29/2015

Palmhof, c/o Mawa Design GmbH, Neu-Langerwisch 36, 14552 Michendorf

Parallel to the opening of the 14th Architecture Biennale, the exhibition ”This is modern“ was opened on June 7 in Venice. With “This Is modern,” the German Werkbund Berlin presents the status of contemporary architecture in Germany: 22 renowned architecture firms show their designs for a German exhibition pavilion on the Biennale site in the Giardini in Venice. The existing pavilion, built in 1909 and modified in 1938, was hypothetically stated as needing renewal, reopening the question of a contemporary national exhibition building for the whole world to see.

After stations in Bühl, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg the exhibition will now be shown at mawa design gmbh.

The catalog of the exhibition is available in English and German.


Otto Zitko


05/02/2015 – 06/20/2015

Krobath, Marienstraße 10, 10117 Berlin

In seiner zweiten Einzelausstellung bei Krobath Berlin präsentiert Otto Zitko neue großformatige Arbeiten, schwarze und silberfarbene Linien mit Ölstift und Lack auf Wabenkartons aufgetragen. „Sie stellen nicht die Installation an sich dar“, schrieb die Kunsthistorikerin Jan Avgikos über Zitkos Bilder, „sondern filtern die polarisierten Erfahrungen heraus, die für Zitkos Installationen wichtig sind.“ Sozusagen eine Konzentration. Vom Raum auf die Fläche.

04/24/2015 – 08/26/2015

MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, Francisco Capelo Collection, R. Augusta, 24, 1100-053 Lisbon, Portugal

At MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon Ingrid von Kruse shows a selection of portraits of well-known architects, such as Tadao Ando, Denise Scott Brown, David Chipperfield, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Richard Meier, Oscar Niemeyer, Ieoh Ming Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Álvaro Siza, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Robert Venturi, and Peter Zumthor.

All portraits are collected in the publication Eminent Architects – Seen by Ingrid von Kruse. The illustrated volume delves into the personalities and thoughts of those who designed the buildings that give form to our times. A selection of sketches, drawings, and models rounds off the examination of their artistic ideas and their thinking. Within the context of this broad, composite view, the architects as they see themselves and the ideals that lie behind their ideas attain clear contours.

04/02/2015 – 05/28/2015

Aedes Am Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18–19, 10119 Berlin

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) are known worldwide for their large-scale projects such as airports, sport venues, train stations, and cultural buildings. Their work with historical buildings is less known. This exhibition, which was first curated for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, presents 32 projects, explaining the different possible approaches to this problem. This creates a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of the many architectural options available. What is also evident is that engagement with the history of a place is a necessary part of responsible building development.

JOVIS launched a new publication series with gmp: gmp FOCUS. The series documents an exemplary selection of gmp buildings, by means of detailed texts and photo galleries by renowned culture journalists, architecture critics, and photographers.