Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Searching for an Ideal Urbanity

Images from the Opening - March 29, 2007

Thursday, 3 May 2007



Lecture by Matthias Sauerbruch
» On the Concept of Urbanity in German Architecture in the Past 20 Years«
Thursday, May 3, 2007, 8 pm

The architect Matthias Sauerbruch lectures on the use and misuse of the concept of “urbanity” in the German architecture scene over the past 20 years.

The architecture office sauerbruch hutton was founded in 1989 by Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch. The office’s constructions and projects share a unified planning approach, which combines functionality, high architectural standards and ecological sustainability. Among already- realized projects are office and commercial buildings, laboratories and production facilities, schools and residential buildings, renovations and landmark preservation as well as urban-planning designs. Sauerbruch hutton has been awarded with numerous national and international prizes, among them the AIA award and the German architectural prize. Matthias Sauerbruch is a member of the Akademie curatorial board and has been a professor in the architecture department of the State Academy of Visual Arts Stuttgart since 2001.

The lecture will be held in German but there will be printed material available in English!

Public Workshop »Building Urbanity«
Friday, May 4, 2007, 10 am to 6 pm

In this public workshop, SMAQ discusses the 45 hectars of urban culture in the desert of Dubai, Jean-Francois Chevrier speaks on the philosopher Henri Lefebvre and the concept of urbanity, and Fabrizio Gallanti discusses current issues in urban planning with Pier Vittorio Aureli.

All discussions will take place in English. Detailed program attached!

Film Program »Searching for an Ideal Urbanity«
Saturday, Mai 5, 2007, 6 pm

The film program ends the official events connected to the exhibition “Searching for an Ideal Urbanity.” Films by Susanne Bürner, Daniel Kunle and Holger Lauinger, Korpys/Löffler and Q Takeki Maeda/Jay Chung will be shown starting at 6pm.

(1) Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda »Caducean City« (2006), 22 min.
(2) Daniel Kunle and Holger Lauinger »NICHT-MEHR | NOCH-NICHT« (2004), 82 min. (with english subtitles)
(3) Korpys/Löffler »Digging Deep« (1999), 42 min. . (with english subtitles)
(4) Susanne Bürner »Ohne Titel« 4 (2004), 5'30 min.
(5) Susanne Bürner »huts« (2007), 2'30 min.
(6) Florian Zeyfang, Judith Hopf and Natascha Sadr Haghighian »Proprio Aperto« (2005), 5'30 min.
(7) Christoph Wermke »Abhauen« (2004), 12 min.
(8) Susanne Bürner »Finistère« (2005), 5'40 min.
(9) Susanne Bürner »50.000.000 can't be wrong« (2006), 6'24 min.
(10) Korpys/Löffler and Marcus Kaiser, »Super Sam« (2002), 13 min. (with english subtitles)
(11) Daniel Kunle and Holger Lauinger »NEULAND« (2006), 75 min.

Between the screenings a three-second-video by Alexander Schellow from the »Spots« series will be shown.

May 4, 2007, 10 am to 6 pm

In this public workshop, SMAQ discusses the 45 hectars of urban culture in the desert of Dubai, Jean-Francois Chevrier speaks on the philosopher Henri Lefebvre and the concept of urbanity, and Fabrizio Gallanti discusses current issues in urban planning with Pier Vittorio Aureli.

All discussions will take place in English!


10 am – 1 pm Introduction by Fabrizio Gallanti and Jean-Baptiste Joly
»Building Urbanity«, Pier Vittorio Aureli
»The Question of Urbanity and the Loss of Public Space Today«,
Jean-Francois Chevrier

Pier Vittorio Aureli studied architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) as well as earning his doctorate at the Berlage Institut of the TU Delft. He now is an instructor at the Berlage Institute and a guest professor at the Architectural Association in London and Columbia University in New York. Aureli is currently working on the publication »The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, a Study on the Representation of the City through Architectural Form, from Bramante to Mies«.

Jean-François Chevrier has instructed contemporary art history at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 1988. It is there he began his international career as an author and curator. In his essays, Chervier deals with the relationship between literature and art; in his catalog essays with photography of the 20th and 21st century. Chevrier is among the most recognized theorists in the areas of photography, literature and art.

Fabrizio Gallanti, a doctor of architectural history, is a cofounder of the architecture collective A12 (Genoa/Milan), which has participated in numerous international exhibitions. After a longer residence in Santiago de Chile as a professor for architecture at the Pontifica University Catolica, Gallanti now lives and works as an architect in Milan and writes for such architecture magazines as Abitare, Domus and 32. Gallanti was a Solitude fellow in 1997, and served as jury chairman from 2002 – 2006.

1 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Break

2:30 pm – 6 pm » How to Develop a 45 ha Masterplan for a New Urban Area in Dubai?«, SMAQ
»Evasions of Urbanity«, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

SMAQ (Berlin/Rotterdam) is a collaborative studio that operates in the field of architecture, urbanism and research. Directed by the architects Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau, SMAQ was founded in 2001 and is based in Berlin and Rotterdam. The studio has contributed to a number of urban research projects in Germany, Latin America and Africa. The two architects have been selected to present their work in exhibitions and installations and their projects have been published in books and journals internationally. SMAQ has received prizes in several renowned international competitions including Europan 5, 6, 7 and 8, the Sarajevo Concert Hall Competition and the competition Possible Futures’. SMAQ’s work has been awarded the prestigious Egon Eiermann Award and the Hans Schaefers Award. Sabine Müller was an Akademie fellow in 2001 and Andreas Quednau in 2004.

Sabine Müller (*1969 in Kiel) has worked for the offices of West 8 (Rotterdam), Asymptote (New York) and von Gerkan, Marg & Partner (Hamburg). She is currently assistant professor at Karlsruhe University of Technology (Germany). Andreas Quednau (*1967 in Berlin) has worked for the offices of Kees Christiaanse - KCAP (Rotterdam), Diller+Scofidio and Michael Sorkin (both New York) and Arata Isozaki & Associates (Berlin). He is currently assistant professor at Berlin University of Technology (Germany).

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss studied architecture at the University of Belgrade and at Harvard University’s School of Design. He realizes his architectural projects under the name »Normal Architecture Office«, and research projects under »School of Missing Studies«. In 2006 he published »Almost Architecture« during his Solitude fellowship, introducing architectural projects and interconnecting them with political texts about the impossibility of planning public space in post-communist countries with conventional architectural forms and content. Weiss is currently employed with Herzog de Meuron Architects in Basel. Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss was an Akademie fellow during 2004/2005.