12/11/2016 – 01/19/2017

Aedes Architekturforum
10119 Berlin

50 years ago in 1966, Eckhard Gerber began his career as a freelance architect in Meschede, Germany. Forming the basis of his new business, which he named “Werkgemeinschaft 66,” was a series of successful competition entries that he had worked on as a student. During the many years of success that followed, the firm, which has been based in Dortmund since 1979, has grown steadily. Today, Gerber Architekten has some 170 employees and further offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Riyadh, and Shanghai.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Gerber Architekten, this exhibition offers insight into the various strategies and approaches used by the firm to realize its express goal to create places that touch people’s hearts and awaken their desires. With the help of drawings, models, photos, renderings, books, and films, select building projects will be presented in the context of their respective zeitgeist and constantly new architectural challenges, addressing a wide range of themes surrounding urban development as well as functional, cultural, and artistic issues. Additional key parameters impacting each project are the site’s specific characteristics, its history, topography, and surrounding structures, the climate and connectivity, as well as energy and ecological needs – aspects of particular importance today. At the heart of the design process is always the connection of architecture with the landscape and/or urban space. This has been achieved by embedding the building within the surrounding environment, by allowing the latter to flow into the building, or by establishing relational perspectives between them.
Featured projects include: the Göttingen State and University Library (1993), the Harenberg City Center in Dortmund (1994), the new Trade Fair Center in Karlsruhe (2003), the Biological Institute of the Technical University in Dresden (2005), the RWE Tower in Dortmund (2005), the U Tower – Center for Art and Creativity in Dortmund (2010), the King Fahad National Library in Riyadh (2013), the head-end structures of Quarter of Nations in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg (2014), the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (2016), the Qur’an Museum in Al Madinah al Munawarah and the Haram Intermodal Metro Station in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), as well as the HEHE Holdings office building in Taiyuan (China), which are currently in planning.

12/07/2016, 6:30 pm

AA Bookshop
32 Bedford Square

Can collective urban practices contribute to peace processes in divided cities? How can they be used in a targeted manner as part of urban policy, to challenge dominant divisive narratives and offer alternatives to segregating urban reconstruction approaches? The book is dedicated to this role of architecture and urban planning as a political instrument for transforming ethnic conflicts into urban controversies towards the city’s commons. The town of Famagusta in Cyprus serves as an example, a town characterized by polarizing narratives and burdened by memories loaded with conflict. In order to transform the contested territories into areas of common interest and action, the “Hands-on Famagusta“ project team developed methods for urban transformation. The guide brings together practical examples of this project and international articles from relevant literature, thereby communicating strategies and tactics for the formation and spatial organization of the collective. It actively encourages deeply contested societies to invest in common urban imaginaries.

Socrates Stratis, Peter Bishop and John Palmesino
Guide to Common Urban Imaginaries in Contested Spaces
Series: Book Launch
Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop

Launch price: £25
RRP: £30

12/03/2016 – 12/04/2016

Bauhaus Foundation Dessau
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

A weekend with scenographic and performative elements as well as reflections on cultural history, through which the historical past is connected with contemporary perspectives.

90. years Bauhaus building
Saturday, 3. December 2016, 7–12 pm

Foundation stone ceremony Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Sunday, 4. December 2016, 10 am–3 pm

Information and Program



ISU Talks #04

11/17/2016, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Architekturpavillon TU Braunschweig
Pockelsstraße 4
38106 Braunschweig

The public event at the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU), TU Braunschweig, will be dedicated to the exploration of the potentials and challenges of the urbanization processes in cities of Africa. We understand URBAN AFRICA! as a commitment to a better city for all. So what can be done to stem this process? What is necessary to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nati- ons such as “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” in relation to the context of urbanization in Africa? And how could we meet the cultural, climatic and religious characteristics with respect to each of the countries?

The event is open to the public (registration requested). Take a look at the conference invitation here.

11/17/2016 – 12/18/2016

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

The exhibition “Overlap: Life Tapestries” curated by Vida Sabbaghi includes photos, fabric collage, clothing, video, paintings, and drawings. The artists – Alice Hope, Sascha Mallon, Michela Martello, Shari Weschler Rubeck, Bastienne Schmidt, Linda Stein, Martha Wilson, and Kumi Yamashita – imaginatively recreate the tapestry of their lives to diversify the narrative surrounding women and the art they produce, while mapping relationships between personal and public life. Women must continually tell their stories about the ways gender, race, and class discrimination overlap and intersect, and how this defines their lives.


11/16/2016 – 12/08/2016

Architekturgalerie München e.V.
Türkenstrasse 30
80333 Munich

In 2016 Topotek1 celebrates it’s 20th anniversary. On this occasion the monography Creative Infidelities. On Landscape Architecture of Topotek 1 was published by jovis Verlag accompanied by an exhibition held in the office of Topotek 1 in Berlin. Starting in November, this exhibition will be shown in the Architekturgalerie in Munich with selected works by Topotek 1 and its long-standing collaboration partners. The book Creative Infidelities: On the Landscape Architecture of Topotek 1 edited by Barbara Steiner presents the approaches and methods of Topotek 1 in detail featuring ten important works from the office. Collaborators from the fields of architecture, art and design, private and public clients specialist planners and project managers in addition all consider the joint projects from different perspectives.

10/08/2016, 6:00 pm

Art Sonje Location
87 Yulgok-ro
3-gil Jongno-gu
Seoul 03062

The focus of the presentation at The Parallax Hanok (Art Sonje Center) is on processes of appropriation and translation. These have a special significance against the background of various ideals and quality concepts related to the idea of the original and the copy.

09/28/2016, 5:30 pm

Sala de Actes
Placa Nova 5

The International Biennial of Landscape Architecture is an international event, that takes place every two years in Barcelona, gathering architects, professionals, students and professors from all over the world.
On this occasion Martin Rein-Cano from Topotek1 will present the new publication “Creative Infidelities–On the Landscape Architecture of Topotek 1".



Second European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies

09/14/2016 – 09/17/2016

Chair for Turkology at the Asia-Africa-Institute of the University of Hamburg
University of Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (East)
20146 Hamburg

With more than 90 panels within 12 sections the Turkologentag 2016 certainly is the largest and most diversified conference of its kind.
In addition we will offer an exciting supporting program including a book fair, an exhibition, film presentations and panel discussions.

If you are interested to attend the Turkologentag 2016 as listener you may check our registration page:

09/09/2016 – 10/07/2016

Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin

The exhibition will showcase work from notable architects, artists and designers, Topotek 1 worked with over the years.

Plus presentation of the corresponding monograph release „Creative Infidelities – On the Landscape Architecture of Topotek 1", in celebration of 20 years in the field.