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. Carried by the spatial practices of a society – be these daily activities or significant events – culture requires supporting spaces for these practices, which reciprocally reshape the form and evolve the functionality of the supporting spaces, thus expressing shared identity.

Despite the importance of culture to how all places look and are experienced, it tends not to be a critical tool in urban design and planning, and is rather used merely as a lens with which to discern past heritage, if at all. 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 meaning, as entire cities can emerge in just a few years; where urban dwellers increasingly move, live and work between multiple cities, calling the idea of a local society into question; where large portions of societies migrate to distant and culturally different places, escaping environmental, political or economic disasters that also destroy cherished urban fabrics, and where local public spaces increasingly serve as satellite arenas for international politics.

This theme looks to culture to explore how built form and spatial typologies might assist the expression of identity. Can architecture and urban planning any longer express the multi-layer identity of present-day cities? Can the methods and tools of urban practice catch up with an ever-evolving understanding of culture, to broaden and revise the spectrum of housing, workspace, public and open space typologies in line with how societies need and use space today? Or, 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?

Symposium. Vielfalt mit System. Wohnformen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
Video recording
22 May 2019

Exhibtion Talk. Regions on the Rise. New Space for Built Experiments in Rural China‚Ä®
3 May 2019

Symposium. Reimagining the Region
Video recording
16 March 2019

International Conference in Songyang, China. Regions on the Rise - Culture and Architecture as Drivers for Rural Development
Video recording
8 -10 November 2018

Public Debate. Borders and Territories II: Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections
Video recording
27 September 2018

Bucerius Summer School Workshop. Science. Fiction. Politics. Visible and Invisible Borders
18 August 2018

Film Screening and Public Debate. Barcelona Pavilion and Beyond
Video recording
20 June 2018

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

Symposium. Mit System in der Mitte. Stadtquartiere nachhaltig und innovatiov entwickeln
Video recording
19 April 2018

Book Presentation. architektur, bauwirtschaft + industrie 2018
18 April 2018

Public Debate. Borders and Territories: Identity in Place
Video recording
22 March 2018

Exhibition Talk. Rural Moves - The Songyang Story with Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing
Video recording
16 March 2018

Public Debate. Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity
Video recording
12 June 2017

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

Public Debate. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #6 - DER SPREEKANAL: ABWASSERKANAL ODER LEBENSADER?
Video recording
8 February 2017

25 January 2017

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

Symposium. Mit System nach oben

Video recording
4 November 2016

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

Public Debate. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder. #5 - Recht auf Fluss
Video recording
21 September 2016

Public Debate. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #4 - Copenhagen
Video recording
4 May 2016

Public Debate. Designing Educational Facilities. 20th Century versus 21st Century Approaches
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

Public Debate. überFLUSS - Flussbaden und Flussbäder #3 - Isarlust e.V. München
Video recording
11 November 2015

Exhibition Talk. Identity in a Floating World
9 October 2015

Exhibition Talk. Nur Kulisse oder Denkmal-Schutz? Strategien für den Umgang mit alter Bausubstanz
1 April 2015

Symposium. Die Altstadt von Aleppo: Strategien für den Wiederaufbau
6 February 2015

Exhibition Talk. Urban Interplay - Community, Identity and Space
18 October 2014

Exhibition Talk. Seoul: Towards a Meta-City - Recent Urban Projects
Video recording
29 August 2014

Public Debate. Baugeschichte(n) und Denkmalpflege. Zum Umgang mit Bauten der Nachkriegsmoderne
2 July 2014

Symposium. Jerusalem - Berlin: Urban Spaces, Art and Architecture: Strategies for Raising Public Consciousness
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

Public Debate. Madrid-Berlin. Heritage and the Transformation of the City
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

Public Debate. Urban PlayScapes: Initiating Encounter in the Fragmented City
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
3 February 2012

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

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

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

Re-act Lab. São Paulo Architecture Experiment with ANCB Research Partners Elisabete França and the 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

Exhibition Talk. Mind your Behaviour - How Architecture Shapes Behaviour. With 3XN Architects & Gehl Architects
18 June 2010

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

Symposium. Abstract City: urbanes Hausen. With the University of 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 - Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Audio recording
21 March 2010

Public Debate. Los Angeles vs. Berlin. How Should Cities Deal with their Architectural Past?
15 July 2009

Theme Booklet


Dunya Bouchi


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