IDENTITY IN PLACE. Reconnecting Built Form with Societal Diversity


Across the earth, places have evolved to be remarkably distinct from each other, even when their geography and climate are similar. Culture is the manmade factor that expresses this difference, most tangibly in the built environment. Culture requires supporting spaces expressing shared identity and heritage – be these daily activities or significant events – to foster societal cohesion.

Despite the importance of culture in determining how all places look and are experienced, it tends not to be a critical tool in urban design and planning. This is lost potential, especially in the present-day era of rapid urbanisation and movement, when there is often little time to grow an identity through shared heritage, as entire cities can emerge in just a few years, urban dwellers increasingly live and work between multiple cities and large portions of societies migrate to distant and culturally different places, escaping environmental, political or economic disasters that also destroy cherished urban fabrics.

How can architecture and urban planning express the diverse identity of present-day cities? Can urban practice broaden and revise the spectrum of housing, workspace, public and open space typologies in line with how societies need and use space today? Are other concepts required to illuminate the connections between people and where and how they live? How should the reconstruction of lost built fabric and the identification of heritage be approached?

Lab Talk Series. Transit Spaces: (Dis)Connections and the Fluid Places In-Between with ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Video recording
7 November 2019

Symposium. Reimagining the Region with Tatiana Bilbao, Mexico City and CEMEX Deutschland AG
Video recording

16 March 2019

Exhibition Talk. Kashef Chowdhury, Bangladesh
25 January 2019

Lab Talk. Borders and Territories II: Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections with ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Video recording

27 September 2018

Workshop. Science. Fiction. Politics. Visible and Invisible Borders with Bucerius Summer School/ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
18 August 2018

Film Screening. Barcelona Pavilion and Beyond with Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona
Video recording

20 June 2018

Collaborative Project. Mobilising the Periphery with the Schindler Transit Management Group, Ebikon
2015 -2018

Lab Talk. Borders and Territories: Identity in Place
Video recording
22 March 2018

Lab Talk. Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity with the 2017-UABB-Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen
Video recording
12 June 2017

Collaborative Project. Cinema of the Future with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
2010 -2017

Lab Talk Series. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #6 - DER SPREEKANAL: ABWASSERKANAL ODER LEBENSADER?
with Flussbad e. V., Berlin
Video recording
8 February 2017

Lab Talk. SAVE AND RESCUE - FREI OTTO'S MULTIHALLE IN MANNHEIM with BuroHappold Engineering, Berlin
25 January 2017

Lecture. How Do We Make Better Cities? The Architectural Review presents Reinier de Graaf
18 November 2016

Lab Talk. Türme, Schlösser, Hutten. Helge Pitz: Rezepturen für die Bewahrung des historischen Erbes
Video recording
22 September 2016

Lab Talk Series. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder. #5 - Recht auf Fluss with Flussbad e. V., Berlin
Video recording
21 September 2016

Lab Talk Series. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #4 - Copenhagen with Flussbad e. V., Berlin
Video recording

4 May 2016

Lectures. Designing Educational Facilities. 20th Century versus 21st Century Approaches with the American Institute of Architects
17 April 2016

Book Presentation. baumschlager eberle 2226 - ein gebautes Manifest. Ilka Ruby im Gespräch mit Dietmar Eberle
12 April 2016

Exhibition Talk. Marte.Marte Architects. Appearing Sculptural. Museumbauten in Berlin und Krems
11 December 2015

Lab Talk Series. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #3 - Isarlust e.V. München with Flussbad e. V., Berlin
Video recording

11 November 2015

Exhibition Talk. Identity in a Floating World with Rocco Design Architects, Hong Kong
9 October 2015

Dialogue. Daniel Libeskind and Tim Renner talk about Berlin
Video recording
29 June 2015

Exhibition Talk. Nur Kulisse oder Denkmal-Schutz? Strategien für den Umgang mit alter Bausubstanz with gmp Architekten, Hamburg/Berlin
1 April 2015

Symposium. Die Altstadt von Aleppo: Strategien für den Wiederaufbau with Deutsch-Arabische Gesellschaft, Berlin
6 February 2015

Exhibition Talk. Urban Interplay - Community, Identity and Space with Francine Houben, Mecanoo architecten, Delft and Benedetta Tagliabue, Barcelona
18 October 2014

Exhibition Talk. Seoul: Towards a Meta-City - Recent Urban Projects with the City of Seoul
Video recording

29 August 2014

Metro Lab. Enquiry Week: Water as Ritual with AXOR hansgrohe, Schiltach
Video Recording
22 - 28 August 2014

Lab Talk. Baugeschichte(n) und Denkmalpflege. Zum Umgang mit Bauten der Nachkriegsmoderne
with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
2 July 2014

Symposium. Jerusalem - Berlin: Urban Spaces, Art and Architecture: Strategies for Raising Public Consciousness with TU Berlin and Technion Haifa
Video recording
28 May 2014

Exhibition Talk. Visions of the Alhambra | Álvaro Siza. New Access and Visitor Information Centre for the Alhambra World Heritage Site in Granada
Video recording
21 March 2014

Exhibition Talk. From a Knowledge of Space. be baumschlager eberle
31 January 2014

Lab Talk. On Contemporary Polish Architecture with the Polish Institute Berlin and Centrum Architektury, Warsaw
28 November 2013

Symposium and Exhibition. Madrid-Berlin. Heritage and the Transformation of the City with Senatskanzlei Berlin and Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Video recording
4 November 2013

Film Screening. The Human Scale by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
23 October 2013

Exhibition Talk. White Mountain. Chilean Contemporary Architecture
26 October 2012

Exhibition Talk. Urban PlayScapes: Initiating Encounter in the Fragmented City with Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo and BMW Guggenheim Lab, Berlin
Video recording
22 May 2012

Symposium. Cities and Culture and Challenge
18 April 2012

Exhibition Talk. Profiling the European City: Notes from Copenhagen and Cologne
with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Aarhus and the City of Cologne
3 February 2012

Book Presentation. Living and Working in the City of Knowledge
17 June 2011

Symposium. My Knowledge Space: A New Public Library for the 21st Century. The New Berlin Library as Prototype with the Central and Regional Library Berlin
14 May 2011

Book Presentation. Re-inventing Construction. Edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby
3 December 2010

Workshop and Conference. Re-act Lab: São Paulo Architecture Experiment with Secretaria Municipal de Habitação of the city of São Paulo (Sehab) and S.L.U.M. Lab Columbia University, New York
12 - 22 August 2010

Dialogue. Crossover - How Architecture Shapes the Perception of its Context. With Fuensanta Nieto / Enrique Sobejano, Madrid, and Jürgen Mayer H., Berlin
16 July 2010

Book Presentations. Improvisations on Urbanity. Trendy Pragmatism in a Climate of Change by Ton Matton and Christopher Dell; Of People and Houses: Architecture of Styria by Ilka & Andreas Ruby, photography by Livia Corona
5 July 2010

Exhibition Talk. Mind your Behaviour - How Architecture Shapes Behaviour with 3XN Architects, Copenhagen and Gehl Architects, Copenhagen
18 June 2010

Lecture. Fragments of a City - Cidade da Cultura de Galicia with Peter Eisenman, New York
6 May 2010

Symposium. Abstract City: urbanes Hausen with the University of the Arts Berlin
5 May 2010

Lecture. Marzahn, a World Heritage Site? A lecture by Winy Maas - The Why Factory, TU Delft
25 April 2010

Lecture. Architectural Behaviourology with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo
Audio recording

21 March 2010

Lab Talk. Los Angeles vs. Berlin. How Should Cities Deal with their Architectural Past? with the Getty Museum, Los Angeles
15 July 2009

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