Summer 2015 - Spring 2016

ANCB, in collaboration with its Architecture Schools in Residence, has instigated a broader urban and architecture discourse on the Kulturforum in Berlin: the planned location for a new ‘Museum der Moderne’. 

This collaboration aims to: 


The collaboration – thus far with universities from Europe, North America, Australia and South America – employs the ANCB public debate and design studio formats, and is structured into three thematic phases:

Phase 1: June – July 2015
Urban Design Beyond Figureground: Readings and Representations of ‘Scapes’ of the Kulturforum
In their Design Studios, the universities shared broad-ranging methodologies to ‘read’ and to ‘represent’ the many layers (scapes) of the urban landscape in and around the KulturForum. Illustrative of the remit of contemporary urban design, these ‘readings + representations’ were further explored in a collective workshop on 3 July 2015. Regular impulse talks from research and practice stimulated the studio work and exchange between the universities on a weekly basis.

Phase 2: September – October 2015

Projecting Future Scapes: Reframing Urban Design Agendas and Architecture Design Briefs
Building on the results of Phase 1, the Design Studios in Phase 2 trialled the initial steps of urban design approaches capable of responding to the identified urban landscape layers. These initial designs considered the role of additional buildings and spaces in the Kulturforum area and provided the spatial framework for an inclusionary public realm, a challenge crucial to contemporary cities everywhere. A symposium, which took place on 25 September 2015, explored how these additional agendas – illustrated by the design approaches of the studios – can be incorporated into briefs for architecture and urban design, and especially those for public buildings and spaces.

Phase 3: Spring 2016
Prototype Processes and Instruments for Public Buildings
This phase will explore the hypothetical future context of top-down meets bottom-up planning, outlining a prototype process and its component instruments for delivering public buildings in a city; with the ‘Museum der Moderne’ as case study project, and Berlin – already hailed as a role model in participator urban panning - as case study municipality.


Catalogue of Ideas: The outcomes of each stage of the collaboration are collected and critically reflected upon as ideas generated, exchanged and developed. It is made available on this website at the end of each stage, and as a printed audience handout for the public debates. After a final editing process, it will be transformed into a printable research report. The outcomes of Phase 1 can be accessed via the following links:


Tuesday Studio Talks: These guest talks offer further input to the participating students, exposing them to methods and approaches additional to those taught in their respective design studios. The talks series is also intended to stimulate an exchange between the faculty of the participating universities and urban practitioners from Berlin. Many of the those which took place in Phase 1 can be watched here:

Travelling Exhibition and Symposium: As the collaboration intends to contribute critically to international discourses both on urban and architecture design as well as the provision of public buildings and space, a compact exhibition on the results of the design studios is proposed. In each of the cities of the participating universities, the exhibition will accompany a public symposium on  the local challenges around public space provision and delivery through urban design and architecture.

McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Faculty:Nik Luka Associate Professor, School of Architecture and School of Urban Planning
2 - 6 May 2017

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Faculty: Jason Scroggin, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Design
1 June – 31 July 2015

McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Faculty: Nik Luka, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and School of Urban Planning
1-7 June 2015 (and Spring 2016 tbc)

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Faculty: Caroline Vains, Lecturer & Early Career Development Fellow, Design Research Institute
26 June – 6 July 2015

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Faculty: Deborah Asher-Barnstone, Professor, School of Architecture and Core Member, Centre for Contemporary Design Practice
19 – 30 September 2015

Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
Faculty: Mathias Klotz, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Ricardo Abuauad, Director of the School of Architecture
21 September – 3 October 2015

University of Melbourne
, Australia
Faculty: Michael Roper and Catherine Duggan
14 September – 2 October 2015

Part of the ANCB Theme:
No Space Without Traits

Concept Paper:
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Áine Ryan,


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