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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

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

11 Artists Visualize Tchoban Voss Projects in "Images from Berlin" Exhibition

17:00 - 20 January, 2017
11 Artists Visualize Tchoban Voss Projects in "Images from Berlin" Exhibition, Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten
Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten

Towering like an infinite mountain of stone, a building devoid of windows and doors is hand-drawn in the tradition of the old masters. Elsewhere, colored strips of tape address the same project, visualized as a sequence of stacked layers. In yet another image, this time presented in a more realistic style, the cityscape is framed by two men gazing out at the viewer with a grin.

It’s a daring experiment that Tchoban Voss Architekten undertake in their exhibition “Images from Berlin.” Instead of presenting their projects with the usual means, they have delegated this task to 11 visual artists. The aforementioned works stem from a confrontation by Gottfried Müller and Valery Koshlyakov with the Museum for Architectural Drawing. Meanwhile, the Living Levels are approached by the duo Vrubel & Timofeeva as an everyday urban environment.

Zalando / Bruzkus Batek Architects

05:00 - 11 January, 2017
Zalando / Bruzkus Batek Architects, © Jens Bösenberg
© Jens Bösenberg

© Jens Bösenberg              © Jens Bösenberg              © Jens Bösenberg              © Jens Bösenberg              +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Neue Bahnhofstraße, 10245 Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Ester Bruzkus, Patrick Batek, Holger Duwe, Lukas De Pellegrin
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Ackerstraße 29 / Tchoban Voss Architekten

03:00 - 3 January, 2017
Ackerstraße 29 / Tchoban Voss Architekten, © Werner Hutchmacher
© Werner Hutchmacher

© Werner Hutchmacher © Werner Hutchmacher © Werner Hutchmacher © Werner Hutchmacher +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ackerstraße 29, 10115 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban
  • Project Team

    Kenan Ozan, Katja Fuks, Natalia von Kruechten, Anissa Landgraf
  • Project Partners

    Karsten Waldschmidt (LP 1-3), Philipp Bauer (LP 4-8)
  • Area

    3.125 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

T Concept Apartment / Itay Friedman Architects

02:00 - 31 December, 2016
T Concept Apartment / Itay Friedman Architects, © Boaz Arad
© Boaz Arad

© Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad +25

Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”

10:30 - 29 December, 2016
Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”, Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier
Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier

After receiving his education at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Sergei Tchoban moved to Germany at the age of 30. He now runs parallel practices in both Berlin and Moscow, after becoming managing partner of nps tchoban voss in 2003 and co-founding SPEECH with Sergey Kuznetsov in 2006. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was formed in Berlin to celebrate the lost art of drawing through exhibitions and publications. The Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing was built in Berlin in 2013 to Tchoban’s design. In this latest interview for his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky spoke to Tchoban during their recent meeting in Paris about architectural identities, inspirations, the architect’s fanatical passion for drawing, and such intangibles as beauty.

Villa in Wasiljewo, 2009, near Saint Petersburg. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013, Berlin. Image © Roland Halbe Actor Galaxy, 2015, Sotchi. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Expo Pavilion Milan, 2015, Milan. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky +45

50Hertz Headquarter Berlin / LOVE architecture and urbanism

09:00 - 25 December, 2016
50Hertz Headquarter Berlin  / LOVE architecture and urbanism, © HG Esch
© HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch +25

Beets and Roots Restaurant Berlin / Gonzalez Haase 


05:00 - 22 December, 2016
Beets and Roots Restaurant Berlin / Gonzalez Haase 
, © Thomas Meyer
© Thomas Meyer

© Thomas Meyer © Thomas Meyer © Thomas Meyer © Thomas Meyer +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Judith Haase, Pierre Jorge Gonzalez
  • Project Manager

    Lea Lin Böhmer
  • Area

    72.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs