Knowledge Spaces. Reaching out – Sharing – Understanding
Spatial Expansion of Education and Culture


An Enquiry Programme examining the connection between cultural and educational practice and space generation and their impact on the surrounding urban space

Knowledge Spaces sets forth to investigate the cultural, economic and socio-political contexts of new spatial possibilities for educational institutions. It also examines new developments in research and professional environments, such as campus structures or new workspace environments promoted by industries, in order to create tools for both analysing and envisioning public places of the future in sync with their direct environment and taking local and global cultural discourses into account. Appearance, form and typologies for urban life become the underlying and ever changing guiding path for societies, where humanity forms 'collective intelligences' in which knowledge is valued and freely traded.

Furthermore, places of knowledge are examined in an urban context, as a motor of development for the city and as incentive for public urban space. In this context, ANCB explores cultural values and history, post-colonialism and identity in a globalised world, while analysing how conditions and obligations through cultural sponsorships and new public-private partnerships influence the knowledge spaces of tomorrow. Communication strategies, entertainment, education and implementation of digitalisation, programmatic concepts and their respective impact on citizens, visitors and actors, but also on technology and culture production are taken into account in this analysis. Questions about the architect‘s role and architecture itself as innovative design for such places are being raised on an international level.

What role can physical spaces play to support the presentation, discussion and conservation of knowledge in relation to scientific, academic, cultural and economic aspects? How does a space for knowledge of today and tomorrow look like? What functions do institutions have in the age of connectivity, merging the physical with the digital? How do we deal spatially with the new combination of functions and elements of knowledge? How can a broad accessibility of knowledge be ensured?

Wissensräume unserer Gesellschaft with Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam
Lab Talk Series: February–September 2021. Video recording

Extrovert Interior: Publicness and the Contemporary Museum with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Symposium: 26 January 2019. Video Recording

University of Technology Sydney: Ghosts of Berlin
University Design Studio: 5–16 November 2018

Australia Now Germany 2017. Museum as Activator: Strategies for Public Space and Access with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and the Australian Government
Symposium: 14–15 September 2017. Video Recording

Space On Demand with Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York and Chris Dercon, Director, Volksbühne, Berlin
Exhibition Talk: 8 September 2017

RMIT Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Museums: art, culture, spectacle, access
University Design Studio: 2–15 September 2017

Constructing Culture. Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District
Exhibition Talk: 26 May 2017. Video Recording

Future Urbanscape: Berlin's Kulturforum with ANCB's Universities in Residence
Collaborative Project: 2015–2017

Cinema of the Future with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Collaborative Project: 2010–2017. Video Recording

Museums and Cultural Spaces as Motor of Urban and Social Progress with the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Moscow
International Symposium in Venice: 24 September 2016.Video Recording

Zai Xing Tu-Mu. Sixteen Chinese Museums. Fifteen Chinese Architects with Zumtobel, Dornbirn
Exhibition: 26 August – 13 October 2016

Museum Revisited with Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Lab Talk: 8 July 2016. Video Recording

Marte. Marte: Appearing Sculptural. Museumsbauten in Berlin und Krems + andere Projekte
Exhibition Talk: 11 December 2015

Das Kulturforum. Baukultur ohne Verfahrenskultur? Nikolaus Bernau in conversation with Volkwin Marg
Dialogue: 25 September 2015. Video Recording

Future Urbanscape: Berlin's Kulturforum with ANCB's Universities in Residence
Collaborative Project: 2015–2017. Documentation

Lighting the Global Workspace with Zumtobel, Dornbirn
Collaborative Project: 2014–2015. Video Recording, Publication

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

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



Concept Paper

Miriam Mlecek
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