Urban Living

Book presentation, lecture, and discussion

03/30/2015, 6:00 pm

Deutsches Architekturzentrum (DAZ), Köpenickerstraße 48/49, 10179 Berlin (Bruno-Taut-Saal)

Lecture by Jean-Philippe Vassal (Lacaton&Vassal, Paris, Jury member of the Urban Living workshop) and a discussion with the State Senate Department Director of Berlin, Regula Lüscher.

How can residential building strengthen urban structures and provide new opportunities through densification? How can monostructures be broken up and open spaces be upgraded? And how can architecture meet the requirements of new forms of cohabitation, either owing to a broader social mix or to the combination of living and working?

The newly published book Urban Living—Strategies for the Future presents convincing concepts, which show that affordable residential space can also have a high structural quality. Designs and solutions from the international Urban Living workshop, which more than thirty international architecture offices took part in, provide excellent examples of the potential qualities of future residential construction.

03/27/2015 – 08/30/2015

Atelierhaus Bötzow, Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin

Balagan is the title of Norbert Bisky’s exhibit of new works, showing at the Atelierhaus from March 27 until August 30. In winter 2014/2015, Bisky swapped ateliers with Israeli painter Erez Israeli, based in Tel Aviv. The artworks created during this time are devoted to urbanity, feelings of impenetrability regarding our real and virtual living environments. The compositions were painted especially for the Atelierhaus on Bötzow. The exhibit, with large-format, intensely colored works as well as a series of small-format works of oil on paper that are being show for the first time in Germany and three pieces from the Sammlung HGN show both sides of this coin—angst and joie de vivre. The exhibit title says it all—Balagan—which can mean confusion and chaos as well as partying and exuberance.

03/20/2015 – 05/30/2015

Galerie Wittenbrink, Türkenstr. 16, 80333 Munich

The artist Koen Vermeule from Amsterdam shows new works in his exhibition titled ”Wanderlust”. The works can be seen at Gallery Wittenbrink in Munich until May 30.

02/18/2015, 6:30 pm

Alfred Herrhausen Society, Unter den Linden 13–15, entrance through Charlottenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin

The Alfred Herrhausen Society and JOVIS Publishers invite to an evening with the architect and planner Jan Gehl on occasion of the first German edition of Cities for People.

For more than 40 years, the architect and city planner Jan Gehl has been involved in redesigning or creating new designs for squares, streets, even entire city districts, for the benefit of the residents. By observing megacities in detail himself, Gehl develops methods and strategies for bringing significant positive change to dysfunctional and inhospitable urban landscapes. The most important principle behind Jan Gehl’s urban planning on a human scale is that the urban space has to be experienced at the speed of a pedestrian, instead of from a vehicle. This is the only way to succeed in making both traditional metropolises and rapidly growing cities in developing and emerging countries into “cities for people”.

The book presentation will take place in English.


Future Living

Symposium / book presentation

01/15/2015, 6:00 pm

Faculty of Architecture at TU Berlin, Room A053, Straße des 17. Juni 153, 10623 Berlin

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.

The symposium ”Zukunft Wohnen” (Future Living) asks for spatial and strategic parameters for creating affordable living spaces. With Arno Brandlhuber, Hans Drexler, Ralf Pasing, Christian Schöningh, Joachim Schultz-Granberg.

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

12/15/2014, 7:00 pm

ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory,  Christinenstr. 18–19 (Pfefferberg), 10119 Berlin

In certain parts of the world, the founding of new towns and extensive urban development are still going ahead rapidly at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In Europe, however, which already has a high degree of urbanization, more cautious interventions into the urban structure are required. By means of both permanent and temporary interventions, attempts are being made to meet the complex requirements of a changing modern society. The interdisciplinary cooperation of partners from different fields-—such as culture, architecture, and economics—, and the participation and initiatives of citizens play an important role in this.

This volume pursues the question of how individual projects not only stand out within the complexity of urban structures but can also bring about long-lasting change. This book presents fortyseven European examples from the Urban Intervention Award Berlin that showed quite surprising solutions, and which received awards from the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment in 2010 and 2013. 


Kristin Feireiss, director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin; co-editor of Transforming Cities.

Short lectures by

Regula Lüscher, State Senate Department Director of Berlin
Andreas Ruby, Ruby Press, Berlin

Lukas Feireiss, Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin

Jürgen Mayer H., J. MAYER H. and Partners, Architects, Berlin

Leonie Baumann, director, Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin


with the participants, moderated by Oliver G. Hamm, author, journalist, and curator, Berlin; co-editor of Transforming Cities.
09/25/2014, 7:00 pm

Werkbund Gallery, Goethestraße 13, 10623 Berlin

Book presentation at the Werkbund Gallery in Berlin with Sergei Tchoban and Falk Jaeger:

The origins of the architecture office nps tchoban voss go back as far as 1931. Founded in Hamburg, the group practice now also has offices in Berlin and Dresden and is one of the most active and successful offices in each of the three cities.

Quality living and work environments and attractive and stimulating urban and personal surroundings can only be created by taking a holistic approach to planning that encompasses the entire spectrum of environmental design, from urban design to the building details. For the architects, the principle of sustainability applies not only to construction but must also be seen as an aesthetic category. This book shows examples of the office’s recent projects that reveal how nps tchoban voss applies their notion of quality from the scale of the local neighborhood to the design of interiors, and how at a formal level, they continue to create modern architecture that eschews short-lived architectural fashions in favor of creating economic architecture of lasting aesthetic value.

09/08/2014, 7:30 pm

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Forum Volkshochschule (lecture room), Cologne

“Kölner Perspektiven zum öffentlichen Raum” is a series which focuses on the need for a better quality of public spaces. The city Cologne and its partners present excellent European examples of well-planned cities and invite internationally well-known planners to talk about their visions for public spaces. The question is: how can we make our cities more attractive, as well as change current open spaces and design future-oriented?

With Jan Gehl, Gehl Architects. Author of the book Cities for People (Städte für Menschen)


This is Modern


06/08/2014 – 08/01/2014

Palazzo Ca‘Tron am Canal Grande, Santa Croce 1957, 30135 Venice, Italy


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.

The fact that the Werkbund is questioning its status specifically in the year 2014 and in the context of this year’s Architecture Biennale— which is concerned with the Fundamentals of architecture and with 100 years of Absorbing Modernity— is of course linked to the emblematic event of the Werkbund exhibition of 1914 in Cologne. 100 years after this first large-scale exhibition, the German Werkbund Berlin also addresses the question of what insights have been gained by the experience of 100 years of modernity, in the search for an appropriate approach to architectural creation.

Curators: Kai Gehrmann, Paul Kahlfeldt, Claudia Kromrei, Dieter Nägelke

05/23/2014 – 06/27/2014

Architekturpreis Berlin e.V., KutscherHaus, Kurfürstendamm 50a, 10707 Berlin

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners are leading stadium builders worldwide. They were significantly involved in the building of three new stadia for the soccer world championship 2014. The restructuring and renovation of two legendary arenas and a completely new stadium will be presented in this exhibition.

The concentration on the essential served as the basis for planning the three stadia—the Brasília national stadium, the Arena Amazônia in Manaus, and the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. This meant a highly efficient interaction of architecture and construction. Integrated in a dialogue with the cultural background of the country and the identities of the places, all three stadia can be seen as exemplary architectures.

Large images of the well-known architectural photographer Marcus Bredt will be shown; models, plans, and texts elaborate the projects.

All three stadia are presented in the publication 3+1 Stadia for Brazil. Belo Horizonte – Manaus – Brasília – Rio de Janeiro.