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

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

In collaboration with TU Berlin, Technion Haifa and with support from the DAAD

The symposium will address the diversity and heterogeneity of knowledge in the urban sphere. It will focus on the various ways of raising public and political consciousness through artistic and architectural interventions in public space.

The symposium invites artists and architects from Germany and Israel and asks them to report on their experience with participatory projects that deal with the city as an epistemological space i.e. space of knowledge. Special focus will be given to projects realised in Berlin. Additionally theorists from the field of art - architecture will be invited to broaden the discussion on a theoretical level. The speakers will present their work in two sections that are followed by a panel discussion. The conference will end with a keynote lecture by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan.

Welcome and Introduction
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Jörg Gleiter, Chair of Architectural Theory, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
Yehuda Kalay, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

Raising Public Consciousness I
Philipp Misselwitz, Chair of the Habitat Unit, TU Berlin and Network Partner, Urban Catalyst, Berlin
Iris Aravot, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
Gabi Schillig, Department of Design, University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf
Moderator: Jörg Gleiter

Raising Public Consciousness II
Matan Israeli, Artist, Coordinator, Muslala Project, Jerusalem
Orit Shmueli, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
Jörg Gleiter, Chair of Architectural Theory, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
Moderator: Georg Vrachliotis, Department of Architectural Theory, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe

Keynote Lecture
Dani Karavan, Artist, Tel Aviv: A site looking for an artist

Jerusalem-Berlin - Platform for Urbanism and Theory
In September 2013 Prof. Iris Aravot (Professor in Urban Design and Theory at the I.I.T. in Haifa, Israel) and Prof. Jörg H. Gleiter (Professor of Architectural Theory at the TU Berlin, Germany) set up the Jerusalem-Berlin Platform for Urbanism and Theory. The platform is a novel instrument for cross-national education in regard to comparative studies in urbanism and theory. It aims at facilitating knowledge accumulation and transfer by an internet platform for interactive, long distance learning complemented by in situ workshop meetings in both countries.

Jerusalem and Berlin, with their particular past and present as divided cities, are extraordinary laboratories for the understanding of contemporary urbanism. Converging and diverging in many aspects, they condense past and present, prospect and conflict, deep scars and grand attempts at reconciliation. Both cities are home to diverse communities that have been rooted and uprooted; carrying with them stratified histories, intertwined with local and remote times and places. Both cities struggle with narratives whose traces still surface, shattering habitual everyday life. In an ever-globalizing world, Berlin and Jerusalem abound in lifestyles and lifeworlds (Husserl’s Lebenswelten) embedded in their physical tissues. As such, the cities are perfectly suited to the study of metamorphosing urbanisms in flow.

During the first Berlin-Jerusalem Workshop, which will be held at ANCB from 23 - 31 May 2014, two teams of students from Haifa and Berlin will meet and explore the city of Berlin together. Studying similarly complex urban situations in each country, the project has the potential to open up critical reflection and raise awareness of problems of heterotopian urban development, thus contributing to the improvement of living conditions in our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies – in Berlin as well as in Jerusalem.

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