04/05/2017 – 04/26/2017

ARCUB - Centre for Cultural Projects of the Municipality of Bucharest
Lipscani nr. 84 – 90
București 030037

The Goethe-Institut and the Bucharest City Hall represented by ARCUB – the Centre for Cultural Projects of the Municipality of Bucharest invite you to the opening of the exhibition “ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action”.

All over the world, cities are facing challenges. How can we make a success out of the endeavour to develop and keep the urban space as a common space for society, even during times when it is capitalized and privatized? What is the part played by art, culture, architecture, self-organized action and activism?

During the past few years, artists, architects, philosophers, urbanists and activists from seven different European cities tackled these aspects within the project ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action. The exhibition sets forth examples of projects from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. The materials coming from the over 45 individual projects make up a substantial portfolio of possibilities for transforming and improving the cities we live in. The exhibition (design NODE, Berlin – Oslo and SSW Architekten, Berlin) offers inspiration and concrete impulses to act.

In Romania, the project “Bucharest South. Build your own city!” will be presented at the Goethe-Institut, str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10, Bucharest, between April 6 to 26

Opening: Wednesday, 5th April, 6:30 pm
Exhibition Duration: 6th – 26th April

04/03/2017, 8:30 pm

Bookshop Pro qm
Almstadtstraße 48-50
10119 Berlin

Rural spaces are transforming radically. The once remote countryside is now traversed by global and regional flows of people, goods, waste, energy, and information, linking it to urban systems. At the same time depopulation and economic decline are shaping it. International experts from theory and praxis will discuss these tendencies in a conversation. What role do villages and small towns have in an urbanizing world? Which potentials and challenges are brought forth by these transformations? And how can we design sustainable urban-rural-relations?

Come and join us to talk about these issues and create a (new) vision of the rural.

Discussion with:
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow (Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig)
Doris Kleilein (Bauwelt)
Dirk Neumann (Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig)
Prof. Christiane Sörensen (Landscape Architecture, HCU Hamburg)
Prof. Dr. Eckart Voigts (English Seminary, Literary and Cultural Studies, TU Braunschweig)

pro qm – thematische Buchhandlung zu Stadt, Politik, Pop, Ökonomiekritik, Architektur, Design, Kunst & Theorie

03/23/2017 – 06/25/2017

Art Gallery
Barbican Centre
Silk Street London

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945” is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house quickly became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. In the years following, Japanese architects have consistently used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles. Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of important shifts in the Japanese economy, urban landscape, and family structure, The Japanese House presents some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. As well as architectural projects, the exhibition incorporates cinema, photography and art in order to cast new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.




03/16/2017 – 04/09/2017

Alte Post
Poststr. 1-33 /
Pauls-Reusch-Str. 2
46045 Oberhausen

Cities today face challenges all over the world. How is it possible to expand and preserve urban space as a common area of society even in times of its economic exploitation and privatisation? What is the role of art, culture, architecture, self-organised action and activism in these processes?

These questions were the focus of artists, architects, philosophers, urbanists and activists in seven different European cities in recent years as part of the transnational cooperation project ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action. The exhibition presents examples of projects from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects reveal an abundant repertoire of action alternatives for shaping and transforming the cities in which we live.

ACTOPOLIS is a call to action that aims to inspire emulation. The materials presented on 50 panels are supplemented by media stations dedicated to the project’s film and video productions. The “public space” of the exhibition—areas for action between the semi-circular spaces—offers opportunities for local additions, fringe events and workshops.

An exhibition by the Goethe-Institut und Urbane Künste Ruhr. Artistic directors: Katja Aßmann, Angelika Fitz, Martin Fritz. Design: NODE Berlin Oslo. Architecture: Stadelmann Schmutz Wössner Architekten, Berlin

02/22/2017 – 03/15/2017

The Museum of Applied Arts
18 Vuka Karadzica
11000 Belgrade

Nikola Dobrović (1897–1967)—one of the most significant architects of the Serbian and Yugoslav architecture of the 20th century—designed and built quintessentially modern villas, gardens, and hotels in the Mediterranean landscape of the south Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. The photographer Wolfgang Thaler has preserved these buildings in photographs depicting the beauty in decay of these heroic works of international modern architecture and conveying their meaningful Mediterranean resilience. His photographs will be exhibited for the first time in Serbia. 

The book Dobrović in Dubrovnik features these contemporary color photographs by Wolfgang Thaler together with previously unpublished original design drawings as well as black and white photographs of the buildings from the period of their construction. Comprehensive historical, theoretical, and phenomenological readings of events and forms, in two essays by architects Krunoslav Ivanišin and Ljiljana Blagojević respectively, describe a specific yet, by its spirit, universal Venture in Modern Architecture.

Muzej primenjene umetnosti / Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade

02/21/2017, 2:30 pm

University of Palermo
Aula Magna Margherita De Simone
Viale delle Scienze ed. 14

In the book launch at the University of Palermo, the editors Prof. Maurizio Carta, Prof. Jörg Schröder, Maddalena Ferretti, Barbara Lino will present “Territories—Rural-urban Strategies”, in cooperation between the University of Palermo and the University of Hannover. The discussion of the launch is led by Prof. Andrea Sciascia, director of the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo, and by Prof. Paolo La Greca, President of the Sicilian section of the National Institute of Urban Planning.

The research “Territories—Rural-urban Strategies”, funded by DAAD focuses on innovative planning and design approaches towards rural-urban constellations. The book collects urban and territorial planning, architecture and landscape projects and research for 41 places in Europe, with 32 international contributions from Italy, Germany, and Spain. “Territories” engages in the potentials of rural-urban interfaces for a vision of territorial futures of innovation and resilience. The organisation of the research has been coordinated by Prof. Maurizio Carta, Dipartimento d'Architettura, Università degli Studi di Palermo, and by Prof. Jörg Schröder, Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

In the launch also a new research project will be presented and started: “Dynamics of Periphery”. The aim of this new project in the cooperation of the University of Palermo and the University of Hannover is to explore potentials of marginality in urban and rural contexts: How can the innovative role of polycentric habitat contribute to a refreshed understanding of territorial qualities as incentive for economic growth?  “Dynamcis of Periphery” is part of the University Dialogue Programme of DAAD for 2017-18, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

02/10/2017 – 02/23/2017

CLB Berlin
Aufbau Haus Moritzplatz
Prinzenstraße 84.2
10969 Berlin

Europan is Europe's largest innovative competition for Architecture and Urbanism. As a European federation of national structures it simultaneously organizes two-year innovative competitions of urban projects followed by implementationss for young under-40 professionals in architectural, urban and landscape design.

The CLB Berlin at Aufbau Haus exhibits the results of Europan 13 / The Adaptable City in Germany and Poland. 

It also hosts the German opening ceremony of Europan 14 / Productive Cities on 24 February, 10 am to 6 pm.


E-Book EUROPEAN URBANITY – THE ADAPTABLE CITY Results of Europan 12 & 13 in Austria

Under the theme of EUROPEAN URBANITY—THE ADAPTABLE CITY, fundamental aspects of a contemporary architecture program and the adaptability of European cities are presented for discussion in this e-book: how do concepts put forward by young competition winners contribute to the positive development of our cities? The publication presents 40 international projects from two competition rounds for nine locations in six Austrian towns and cities: Amstetten, Bruck/Mur, Graz, Linz, St. Pölten and Vienna—six first prizes, nine second prizes, five special mentions and 20 shortlisted projects. In addition, Jens Metz—an architect and urban planner in Berlin and a member of the technical committee of “Europan”—reflects on the concept of adaptability as an innovative driving force for the development of European cities.

01/25/2017, 12:30 pm

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft
Herrenhäuserstr. 8
30419 Hannover

Book launch of Territories – Rural-urban Strategies as part of the “Hochschuldialog Südeuropa” (University Dialog Southern Europe) promoted by DAAD, as a cooperation between the Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning at Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo. With talks by Jörg Schröder and Maddalena Ferretti

Territories – Rural-urban Strategies studies the dynamics of larger rural-urban spaces from a design perspective. Perception and concepts involving the overlaying of the urban and the rural require new impulses, in order to be able to discuss visions of a spatial future. Contrary to outdated dystopian concepts of urban and rural, Territories is targeted towards rural-urban interfaces—in terms of space, function, and significance. How can implicit knowledge be used systematically for these new perspectives and how can knowledge be gained by design? How can this approach contribute to relating development strategies to places and spaces in a new way, with regard both to public awareness and to increasingly separate specialist policies?
Territories – Rural-urban Strategies introduces innovative design and research perspectives of urbanism, landscape and architecture from Italy, Spain, and Germany in view of this discussion, with contributions e. g. from Manuel Gausa, Mosè Ricci, and Carles Llop.

01/25/2017 – 04/23/2017

IKOB – Museum for Contemporary Art
Rotenberg 12
4700 Eupen, Belgium

Christoph Gielen, an artist who lives and works in New York, is known for breathtaking photographs taken from extreme heights. They show American cities in their geometric perfection and highways as a meandering network. But these photographs are more than beautiful images. They are formal studies of our appropriation of space and the impact of an excessive urge toward expansion upon our living spaces. Since the beginning of the year, parts of the series Ciphers have been on permanent loan at the ikob; they are being exhibited in Belgium for the first time.

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.