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Michelberger Hotel, Room 304 / Sigurd Larsen

02:00 - 11 June, 2017
Michelberger Hotel, Room 304 / Sigurd Larsen, © Rita Lino
© Rita Lino

Monocle's 2017 Conference in Berlin to Discuss "Quality of Life" and Cities with Daniel Libeskind

04:00 - 9 June, 2017
Monocle's 2017 Conference in Berlin to Discuss "Quality of Life" and Cities with Daniel Libeskind

Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference takes place this summer in Berlin, and will be a must-visit event for entrepreneurs, architects, urbanists and designers alike. Hosted by Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, topics unpacked across the conference include transport, city branding and the future of the property industry. From visionary entrepreneurs to acclaimed architects, guest delegates and panelists will join Monocle editors and radio hosts for a range of lively discussions, with talks interspersed with samplings of Berlin’s fine hospitality and opportunities to explore the city’s architectural sites.

Stefan Behnisch, Omar Gandhi and Anne Lacaton Explain the Role of Light at the 7th Daylight Symposium in Berlin

06:00 - 7 June, 2017

Under the theme "Healthy & Climate Friendly Architecture - From Knowledge to Practice", the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, held in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017, was attended by 39 speakers from research and architectural practice.

Participants were able to contrast the information presented by researchers with the 'built experience' of architects from Europe, Canada and USA, generating interesting discussions about the need to go deeper in the understanding of this natural resource, and then design more effectively.

These are the highlights from the event.

The Garden / Eike Becker Architekten

11:00 - 25 May, 2017
The Garden / Eike Becker Architekten, © Jens Willebrand
© Jens Willebrand

© Jens Willebrand © Jens Willebrand © Jens Willebrand © Jens Willebrand +22

Omar Gandhi: LIVE KEYNOTE from the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium

08:15 - 3 May, 2017

Omar Gandhi (Canada) from Omar Gandhi Architect is recognized as one of the world’s top 20 young architects by Wallpaper* Magazine and as one of 2016’s ‘Emerging Voices’ by The Architectural League of New York will be one of four keynote presentations by critically acclaimed architects that will be live-streamed from the international forum for daylight and architecture, the VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held for the 7th time, 3-4 May 2017.

Stefan Behnisch: LIVE KEYNOTE from the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium

03:20 - 3 May, 2017

Stefan Behnisch (Germany) from Behnisch Architekten, an award-winning architect and advocate of sustainable design, is one of four keynote presentations by critically acclaimed architects that will be live-streamed from the international forum for daylight and architecture, the VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held for the 7th time, 3-4 May 2017.

BRLO BRWHOUSE / Graft Architects

05:00 - 1 May, 2017
BRLO BRWHOUSE  / Graft Architects, Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

Courtesy of GRAFT Courtesy of GRAFT Courtesy of GRAFT Courtesy of GRAFT +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Open Call: School Without Classrooms (Berlin)

03:00 - 19 April, 2017
Open Call: School Without Classrooms (Berlin)

The competition seeks the creation of a middle school (age group 5-12) that completely negates the present day 'bench-table-chalkboard' idea of a classroom and a regularized building typology of a school. The competition seeks to radicalize the school system through architecture not only in terms of improving the quality of study environment but revamping the system and breaking all the physical and metaphorical class divisions into an entirely new school system. The competition seeks ideas from participants to create a fun built environment for a middle school that understands the individual needs of each child yet being very collaborative in nature. The school should strive to create a new pedagogical space that emphasizes on people-oriented design in behavioral terms as they interact and use spaces.

Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD

12:00 - 12 April, 2017

Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.  

The files contain closed polyline layers for buildings, streets, highways, city limits, and geographical data--all ready for use in CAD programs like Autocad, Rhino, BricsCad and SketchUp. 

The Singularity of the Skyscraper: Studies in Form and Façade

04:00 - 11 April, 2017
The Singularity of the Skyscraper: Studies in Form and Façade, New York. Image © Florian W. Mueller
New York. Image © Florian W. Mueller

Florian W. Mueller's Singularity series is, in the photographer's own words, "just the building – reduced to the max." These deceptively simple shots of the summits of skyscrapers from around Europe and North America, each set against in infinite gradient of sky, are symbols of architecture's effort to reach ever higher in evermore unique ways. For Mueller, who is based in Cologne, they are an attempt at abstraction. In isolation—and especially when viewed together—they are remarkably revealing as studies of form and façade.

Cologne. Image © Florian W. Mueller Hong Kong. Image © Florian W. Mueller Hamburg. Image © Florian W. Mueller London. Image © Florian W. Mueller +21

This Photographer Brightens Up Mundane German Architecture with a Jolt of Color

14:00 - 17 March, 2017

In any city across the world, there are countless examples of unsung architecture – well-designed if inoffensive buildings that strive to please by not standing out from the crowd. For German photographer Paul Eis, these buildings provide the perfect canvas for his work. Displayed on his Instagram account, the_architecture_photographer, Eis captures these buildings in their best light, and then digitally adds in bright colors, elevating these structures from mundane to magnificent.

This System of “Superhighways” Creates a More Bicycle-Friendly Berlin

06:00 - 13 March, 2017
This System of “Superhighways” Creates a More Bicycle-Friendly Berlin, Courtesy of Flicker User Andreas Levers, Creative Commons
Courtesy of Flicker User Andreas Levers, Creative Commons

Amongst many things, Europe is known for some of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, offering safe and convenient travel routes for its two-wheeled commuters. Berlin, however, does not sit high on this list, but in an effort to address this, a new plan for a system of bicycle “superhighways” is undergoing implementation, incentivising cycling as an efficient means of transport.

Studies commissioned by Berlin’s Senate Department for the Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection looked into 30 possible bike paths, covering stretches of at least 5km. Of these, 12 have been selected as future superhighways, intended to be completely separated from other vehicles on the road.

BIOBANK / HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

10:00 - 11 March, 2017
BIOBANK  / HEIDE & VON BECKERATH, © Andrew Alberts
© Andrew Alberts

© Andrew Alberts              © Andrew Alberts              © Andrew Alberts              © Andrew Alberts              +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Verena von Beckerath, Tim Heide
  • Area

    239.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin

12:15 - 10 March, 2017
Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin, © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal
© Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal

“If it hadn’t been for Frank Gehry, we would have made a simple, straightforward concert hall where students play concerts. But if the space is there, and somebody so gifted, like him, is prepared to do that, then of course you have to do that” - Daniel Barenboim, Founder, Pierre Boulez Saal.

In this Facebook video, Frank Gehry discusses the circumstances of his most recently-completed project, the Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall in Berlin, and the significance of contributing a new venue to Berlin’s historic musical scene.

© Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal +17

Razorfish / Bruzkus Batek Architects

05:00 - 4 March, 2017
Razorfish / Bruzkus Batek Architects, © Jens Bösenberg
© Jens Bösenberg

© Jens Bösenberg               © Jens Bösenberg               © Jens Bösenberg               © Jens Bösenberg               +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Ester Bruzkus, Patrick Batek, Anke Müller
  • Area

    1300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Tchoban Foundation Presents: Berlin Projects, Architectural Drawings 1920–1990

13:30 - 24 February, 2017
Tchoban Foundation Presents: Berlin Projects, Architectural Drawings 1920–1990, Zaha Hadid. Office building on Kurfuerstendamm, 1986, spray paint on cardboard, 97 x 200 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Zaha Hadid. Office building on Kurfuerstendamm, 1986, spray paint on cardboard, 97 x 200 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © Zaha Hadid Foundation

Hardly another European capital has had so turbulent a history as Berlin. Especially in the twentieth century, tumultuous historical events have left their mark on the city: its growth, the golden 1920s, the dictatorships, the scars of war, reconstruction, division and then reunification. All this called for new planning and offered architects and city planners room and occasion for new projects, new ideas, new visions for Berlin. The city continues to grow and develop, so that the discussion about the future appearance of the German capital is still going on.

World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession

14:15 - 21 February, 2017
World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession, 2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski
2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski

The World Architecture Festival has announced the launch of the 10th edition of the event referred to as the “Oscars of architecture” by launching the “WAF Manifesto,” which identifies key challenges the profession will face over the next ten years. Aimed at generated funding for architectural research, the manifesto outlines a range of topics where architects can use their influence to affect society as a whole.

Apartment House Prenzlauer Berg / Barkow Leibinger

02:00 - 27 January, 2017
Apartment House Prenzlauer Berg  / Barkow Leibinger, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +24