ACTORS AND AGENCY. Co-producing the Built Future


Although their triggers may be global, the defining economic, socio-political and environmental challenges of today are manifest locally rather than at the scale of the nation state. This localisation makes the challenges conceptually tangible and their responses imaginable, as both policies and concrete projects for spaces. Hence, urban discourse promotes political city autonomy on the one hand, and participation beyond a mere meeting of top-down and bottom-up on the other, as the most effective and appropriate response framework for these challenges and for urban development in general.

Such an 'opening–up' of decision-making will not only require the encouragement of engagement – from newcomers and transient inhabitants as much as from those long committed to a place but also expert facilitation and synthesis of this engagement into coproduced visions for the future.

Which tools can replace the static, abstract and mistrusted masterplan? Which participation instruments can carry the process of commissioning public buildings and spaces or awarding industry contracts assuring accountability in the process? Can architects and planners be educated as facilitators and co-conceivers of such new tools and processes? How can room for experimentation (and failure) be afforded – in terms of time, space and budget?


Innen.Stadt.Leben with caspar. Cologne, Hamburg
Lab Talk Series: Autumn 2021 - Spring 2022. Video recording

BUILDING COMMUNITIES. A Danish-German Laboratory for Housing with the Danish Embassy Berlin, the Danish Arts Foundation and Realdania on the occasion of the Danish State Visit in Germany
Lab Talk: 11 November 2021. Video recording

Ein eigenständiges Bundesbauministerium für Deutschland?
Lab Talk: 18 August 2021. Video recording

STAGING THE NEXT GENERATION. The Russian Biennale as a Tool to Promote Young Architects
Exhibition Talk: 13 March 2020. Video recording

Our Urban Living Room – Cobe, Copenhagen
Exhibition Talk: 17 January 2020

Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship, and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87 with Esra Akcan, Cornell University, Ithaca/NY
Lecture: 12 August 2019

Recovery Spaces. How Architecture Creates a Better Living
ANCB Anniversary Symposium: 29 June 2019. Video recording

Vielfalt mit System. Wohnformen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH
Symposium: 22 May 2019. Video recording

INTENCITY Dialogue with Jean-Paul Viguier and Martha Thorne
Exhibition Talk: 3 May 2019

FUTURE OF LIVING - URBAN AGRICULTURE - CULTURAL MEMORY: How to learn, act and innovate together across cultures and continents?
Lab Talk: 26 April 2018

Mit System in der Mitte. Stadtquartiere nachhaltig und innovativ entwickeln with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH
Symposium: 19 April 2018. Video recording

Reinier de Graaf, OMA: Four Walls and a Roof 
Book Presentation: 31 January 2018. Video recording

The Perfect City Block: How do we want to live together (in the future)? with Bucerius Summer School/ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Workshop: 19 August 2017

Future Urbanism, Genetic Citities with Thom Mayne and Aaron Betsky
Exhibition Talk: 24 June 2017. Video recording

Urban (in)securities with Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin and ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Collaborative Project: 2016–2017. Video recording

Mit System nach oben with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH
Symposium: 4 November 2016. Video recording

Peter Cook Enjoys Being Silly
Red Carpet Event: 29 October 2016. Video recording

Hoffnung bauen. Ein Haus für geflüchtete Waisenkinder im Nord-Irak with TU Braunschweig and the network Mala Heviya/Haus der Hoffnung
Lab Talk and Exhibition: 14 September 2016

Taksim, Tahrir, Occupy & Co. Interdependencies Between Urban Space, Society and International Politics in Times of Crisis with Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin and ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Collaborative Project: 2015. Video recording

Das Kulturforum. Baukultur ohne Verfahrenskultur? with Volkwin Marg and Nikolaus Bernau
Dialogue: 25 September 2015. Video recording

Critical Dialogues Series: The New Urban Agenda 'on the ground' #2 Different Urbanisations with Katleen De Flander, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
Lab Talk: 18 September 2015. Video recording

Medellín: Topography of Knowledge. Urban Transformation Through Collective Processes
Exhibition Talk: 5 June 2015. Video recording

The Politics of Practice-Orientation with Technische Universität Berlin, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, University College London and Urban Lab +
Lab Talk and Round Table: 8 May 2015

Critical Dialogues Series: The New Urban Agenda 'on the ground' #1 Overriding the Urban / Non-Urban Divide with Katleen De Flander, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
Lab Talk: 20 April 2015. Video recording

Partizipation Macht Architektur. Potenziale und Grenzen with Baupiloten, Berlin
Book Presentation: 27 March 2015

Architecture - Urban Planning - Social Diversity: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Roberta Washington
Lecture: 23 January 2015

Transforming Cities. Urban Interventions in Public Space with the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment Berlin and jovis Verlag
Book Presentation: 15 December 2014

Inflexión / Turning Point. The Transformation Process in Spanish Architecture
Exhibition Talk: 5 December 2014

Make_Shift City. Die Neuverhandlung des Urbanen with Francesca Ferguson
Book Presentation: 19 March 2014

Zu Hause in der Stadt #3 Experiment Umnutzung - Wohnraum neu erfinden with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 3 December 2013

Zu Hause in der Stadt #2 Versuchsfeld Beteiligungskultur - Partizipation versus Segregation with Wüstenrot Stiftung,  Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 7 November 2013

Zu Hause in der Stadt #1 Testlabor Wohnen - Wohnideale im IBA Labor with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 22 August 2013

Hardt-Waltherr Hämer – Streitbarer Geist und Stadtvisionär. Weichenstellungen der Stadterneuerung in der IBA Alt 1984/1987 und heute with S.T.E.R.N. Berlin
Lab Talk: 14 October 2013

3rd International Architectural Education Summit (IAES) with UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles and IE School of Architecture, Madrid
Conference: 13–14 September 2013. Video recording

Bogotá - Caracas - São Paulo: Bottom-Up Urbanism to Design the City of the Future
Exhibition Talk: 12 July 2013. Video recording

Migration and City with Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, Berlin
Symposium: 26 November 2012

Thomas Sieverts and Lars Lerup: Lacunas - The Middle Landscape. A dialogue moderated by Wolfgang Schäffner and Gunnar Hartmann
Dialogue: 23 January 2012. Video recording

Creative, Informal, Temporary, Berlin
Round Table and Exhibition: 17 June 2011

Who Activates Cultural Space Today? A Seoul-Berlin Dialogue
Exhibition Talk: 20 May 2011

Sensible Materie: Junge katalanische Architekten / Matèria sensible: arquitectes joves catalanes with the Representation of Catalonia in Germany
Lab Talk and Exhibition: 14 January 2011

Design and Politics: The Next Phase with Henk Ovink, The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Collaborative Project: 2011–2013. Video recording

Weniger ist Zukunft. Sachsen-Anhalt: Ein Labor für die Stadt von morgen
Symposium: 9 October 2010

Baukultur Salon NRW. RUHR.2010: Re-designing the Metropolis
Lab Talk: 14 July 2010

Denk mal Berlin - Wer baut die Stadt? with Regula Lüscher and Georgia Tornow
Film Screening: 12 March 2010

What Makes India Urban?
Symposium: 10 October 2009

Educating the Global Architect
ANCB Inaugural Symposium: 18–19 April 2009

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