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DESIGN THINKING TAG @ UNIVERSAL HOME

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On March 23rd, 2017, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be at the Design Thinking Tag of Universal Home.

He gives a talk about Future Living Spaces and explains his vision of living in the future.

The Design Thinking Tag is all about a transdisciplinary workshop-day for members of the Universal Home-community.

It concludes an impulse session with talks from experts in Design, Manufacturing and Architecture, followed by an introduction into the methods of Design Thinking and a Break Out Session.

We wish all participants a lot of joy during this interesting program.

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CAELA LIGHTING SYSTEM RECEIVES WIN AWARD 2016

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The CAELA LED luminaire received the prestigious WIN Award 2016 (World Interieur News Award) for its marvelous design. GRAFT designed this lighting system together with the talented designers at Zumtobel.

Only two products in each category receive the award. In the category Lighting Products CAELA is one of them.

The award ceremony took place at the new Design Museum in London. On February 23th 2017 many designers came together to celebrate the best products of the year.

CAELA LED luminaire can easily be integrated into a lighting management system. Read more about it on our project page.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: ARCHITECTURE, COHABITATION, SMART ENERGY

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will discuss the future of cohabitation in cities on march, 16th in Düsseldorf. His conversational partners are Mischa Kuball (artist), Birgit Roth (Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst at TU Dortmund) and Marie-Therès Thiel, who is group executive manager at innogy SE. The discussion will be presented by Elke Buhr, chief editor of the magazine Monopol.

The event is part of a series of discussions titled Interdisziplinär (interdisciplinary), organised by Monopol magazine in cooperation with the Innogy Foundation. Scientists discuss contemporary societal questions with artists, philosophers and architects.

The discussion takes place in Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and is free of charge. It will be held in german. Due to capacitary limitations the hosts kindly ask you to register for the event. Please send an email to lichtgestalten at monopol-magazin.de and let them know how many people you are bringing.

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DA! ARCHITECTURE IN AND FROM BERLIN

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Upcoming Friday the Architektenkammer Berlin will celebrate the opening of the annual exhibition with the topic of architecture in and from Berlin. Of course a project by GRAFT is also included. The visitors will find information about the environmentally sustainable houses that were built in 2014 in context of the holistic living-project.

The vernissage takes place from 8 p.m. on at stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17 in 10623 Berlin.

The exhibition will be open from march 11th until april 8th (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., monday to saturday).

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CHRISTOPH KORNER FROM GRAFT LA TO LECTURE AT IDEC IN CHICAGO

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Christoph Korner, Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University and Managing Director of GRAFT Los Angeles, will give two presentations on Thursday, March 9th, as part of the IDEC 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Korner will talk about perception based architecture for contemporary health care design, using GRAFT’s project for an ICU at the Charité Hospital in Berlin as a case study. His second presentation will focus on the use of a hybrid class structure in a Contemporary Interior Architecture History course at graduate level.

 

The conference, organized by the Interior Design Educators Council, is themed ‘Design,  Research, and Education’ and hosts several presentations about research, education, and creative scholarship in the field of interior architecture.

The mission of The Interior Design Educators Council is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.

 

For more information visit http://www.idec.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4262

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BRICKS BERLIN – PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

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GRAFT has been commissioned to develop the new BRICKS complex on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) between Hauptstrasse and Belziger Strasse in Berlin Schöneberg close to Akazien-Kiez. The planning permission has now been granted by the city of Berlin. Within the next years an ensemble of a mixed-use complex of new buildings and renovated historical buildings with three courtyards will arise within the vibrant heart of Berlin’s Schöneberg district.

GRAFT’s design envisages a total of 127 new rental apartments, along with commercial units for offices, retail and restaurants, as well as an organic supermarket, a school, spaces for the university, a taekwondo school and Kabbalah Centre, which has already been completed in 2015.

 

Project site BRICKS 

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GRAFT HOME. STORY.

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We are proud to announce the release of our newest publication GRAFT. Home. Story.
It is great to see this extensive documentation of our residential and hospitality projects!

GRAFT Home. Story. entails around 60 projects with detailed description and a well-filled catalogue of pictures and plans.

Read more about this first overview over the visionary work of GRAFT on our project page.
Or of course in the book itself.

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GRAFT @ THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE

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The London/ L.A.-based Laboratory Arts Collective chose GRAFT as a contributor for their recent magazine issue BUILD.

The Laboratory Arts Collective made it their task to re-define what a magazine is. Their aim is to explore a concept in its whole with every edition. They create original experiences for curious minds. It’s a great fit between GRAFT and the Collective and we are happy about this cooperation. You can find a thought by GRAFT in the addendum next to a rare photography of one of our built projects.

Get your hands on the issue, before it is sold out.

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SOLAR CLINIC INAUGURATION IN JORDAN

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg is currently in Jordan. He is attending the inauguration of the SOLAR CLINIC in Al-Mafraq, which he conceptualized and initiated over a year ago as CTO of SOLARKIOSK.

We are proud that GRAFT’s design for SOLARKIOSK has been implemented in such an important project. The clinic has been realized by SOLARKIOSK and the Siemens Foundation. It will be operated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It is the first structure of its kind, enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.

The solar clinic provides basic health care for the local people in the host community close to Al-Mafraq solely powered by a 8KW independent solar system. The staff is able to treat up to 75 people per day. Syrian refugees as well as Jordanian citizens benefit from the possibility of blood and urine testing, services like medical ultrasound and mother-child-care. Once the Syrian refugees use the facilities of the solar clinic, they are registered for the Jordanian health care system.

SOLARKIOSK was founded by GRAFT partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and German lawyer Andreas Spiess. It aims at providing clean, affordable energy and connectivity even in remote regions. So far SOLARKIOSK has implemented 240 operational EHUBBsin Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Vietnam and , 1 Connected Solar School and 1 refugee Solar Clinic in Jordan.

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GRAFT AT BAU 2017 IN MUNICH

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will be present and  give talks at this year’s edition of BAU 2017 in Munich.

Wolfram Putz will talk about the “Diversity in Modular Design” in the context of Systematic Building at Forum A4 the DETAIL research – Building the Future hosted by the architectural magazine DETAIL. The event will take place on Thursday, January 19th, 3.10 p.m. in Hall A4/338.

Friday, January 20th at 11:30 a.m. he will give the audience insights into the topic of “Living spaces – Living communities” at Forum C2 The Future of Building hosted by the magazines Bauwelt and DBZ . The talk takes place in Hall C2/309.

 

See the Supporting Program of the BAU 2017 here: http://bau-muenchen.com/trade-fair/supporting-program/forums/index.html

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BRLO BRWHOUSE OPENING

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Saturday, January 14th 2017 the BRLO BRWHOUSE at Berliner Gleisdreieck opened for public and is from now on fully functioning as the gastronomic hot spot it has been built as.

Our clients, the craft beer-brewer BRLO Berlin are happy to see their business up and running and so are we. The free standing building is made of overseacontainer in a modular building method. Due to this you can easily dismantle the building and build it up at another place. For now it is planned to stay at Gleisdreieckpark for three to five years.

GRAFTIES at the party were the founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. They immediately made plans for the next cooperation with BRLO. This time it is about crafting Beer. Look out for the first edition of GRAFT Beer!

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GRAFT CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016

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Last weekend the whole GRAFT-Office went on a road trip. We drove to the beautiful Harz region, visited one of our projects there, the Ice Stadium Arena Schierke,  and took the Harzer Schmalspurbahn up to the Brocken mountain . At night it was all about the stars. We had a great costume party where everybody dressed up as a celebrity.

It has been a great experience from the first minute on. Thank you all for being the awesome team you are!

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ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM BOOK LAUNCH

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Thank you to everyone who came out to our book launch at Eckwerk Berlin yesterday! We are proud of our recent publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM, including descriptions of ten projects we worked on in the last years.

GRAFT founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit were talking about their practical projects as well as their theoretical understanding of their work at GRAFT.

Followed by this four cooperating partners in projects discussed their role and their experiences during their work with GRAFT.

Mario Husten from Holzmarkt eG, HW Pausch, involved in the Heimat2-project, Jenny Scharrer from KfW Bankengruppe and co-founding partner at SOLARKIOSK AG Andreas Spieß gave interesting insights during this discussion. Thank you to Ulrich Müller from Architektur Galerie Berlin for hosting this evening!

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GRAFT AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will be speaking at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin on Thursday 17th of November on the Main Stage at 11 a.m. The key note “Architect as Instigator” addresses the role of the architect as an active initiator for projects fostering the development of livable places and environments for people in need around the globe. With social sustainable projects like Solarkiosk or Make it Right the key note will also give an insight in GRAFTs book “Architecture Activism” which was recently published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter.

 

Key Note”Architect as Instigator” by Lars Krückeberg, Thursday 17 November 2016, 11.00-11.40, Main Stage

For more information visit: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2016-seminar-programme

 

As our project Eckwerk Holzmarkt is also one of the finalists for the WAF Awards 2016 in the category Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects, GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues will present the project in front of an international jury of architectural experts.

 

The World Architecture Festical (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the international architecture industry. Under the theme “Housing for everyone” this years WAF  will take place at Arena Berlin from 16th till 18th November.

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BRONZE FOR PARAGON APARTMENTS AT THE FIABCI PRIX D´EXCELLENCE GERMANY 2016

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The GRAFT project “Paragon Apartments” received the bronze award of the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Germany 2016 in the category “Housing”, awarded by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and the BFW Federal Association of Free Real Estate and Housing Companies. GRAFT Founding partners Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit, as well as our client Yeheskel Nathaniel, Managing Director of Trockland Management GmbH, accepted the award at the ceremonial gala event at the Ritz Carlton Berlin last Friday.

The jury praised the successfully implemented concept of the project Paragon Apartments. At the crossroads of Danziger Strasse and Prenzlauer Allee in Berlin, the conversion of a former hospital building and the expansion with two new buildings resulted in a living quarters consisting of 217 high-quality rented apartments, a kindergarten, a café and an organic supermarket.

The FIABCI Prix d’Excellence is the first and only nationwide competition for project development and is regarded as the most important prize in the real estate sector.

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AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE: TWO AWARDS FOR GRAFT

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We are honored to announce that GRAFT has received two awards in this year’s edition of the American Architecture Prize (AAP). Our project “ausfahrt” Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion was awarded with a Bronze Prize in the category Industrial Buildings. An Honorable Mention was given to the design of SOLARKIOSK in the category Small Architecture.

The official awarding ceremony took place at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on October 25, 2016.

The AAP American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.

For more information visit https://architectureprize.com/winners-2016/winner.php?id=2640

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PROJECT STARTS AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE IN BERLIN

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GRAFT is happy to announce the official planning permission for Charlie Living.

Charlie Living is the first block of a new ensemble of buildings that will repair many of the gaps around Checkpoint Charlie on the Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin.

Charlie Living is a residential project, consisting of 241 apartments and 48 Service-Apartments. Its court yard will be an open and green space, available for the residents but also for people walking by. The western front continues the garden by horizontally planted trees that connect the green court yard with the roof garden.

The section on the Zimmerstrasse comprises apartments for rent with a common room and reception, along with an apartment hotel, shops and a restaurant. Its two-storey, slightly recessed plinth picks up the line of the adjacent historical buildings and frames a glazed section that picks up the height of the former Berlin Wall at this point. This transparent, almost invisible structure becomes a connecting element that expresses the optimism and cosmopolitan character of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The project is expected to be finished by 2019.

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG SPEAKS AT GLOBAL WELLNESS SUMMIT IN KITZBÜHL

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a keynote interview on “Wellness through Design” at the Global Wellness Summit in Kitzbühl Austria on 18 October 2016. Together with Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotel Resorts & Spas, he will share GRAFTs experience in creating spaces that affect the wellbeing of their users through a holistic architectural approach and good design.

 

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industries. The 2016 Summit are taking place October 17-19 in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria under the theme of “Back to the Future.”

Please visit http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/ for further information.

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CHRISTOPH KORNER TO PRESENT AT DESIGN WEEK MEXICO

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Christoph Korner will present “Architecture Activism” at this year’s Design Week Mexico in Mexico City. His presentation will be part of the “Creativity and Change Symposium”.

Christoph Korner is a founding member of GRAFT, an award winning design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. He is co-author of Architecture Activism, a book published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter. It documents ten projects that specifically address social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable places and environments. Among them is SOLARKIOSK, a self-initiated project that empowers people in off-grid communities by bringing clean energy and light into darkness.

About Design Week Mexico

Design Week Mexico® was founded in 2009 by Emilio Cabrero, Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello and Jaime Hernández. Throughout its 8 year history, DWM has offered a programming with a wide range of proposals, exhibitions, conferences, installations and documentaries that generate a dialogue between professionals, students and general public to expand the thought that design is an integral part of life and has a significant impact on the way we relate in society.

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EXPO REAL 2016 – LECTURE WITH THOMAS WILLEMEIT

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit attends the roundtable on HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENTS – THE OFFICE AS MOVEMENT SPACE at the Expo Real group pavilion of the Federal Chamber of Architects (BAK), the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the Alliance for affordable housing and construction of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Foundation of Baukultur and the Construction Cost Information Center (BKI) part.

Together with Burkhard Remmers (Wilkhahn) he talks about how architecture can promote occupational health. The discussion will be moderated by Inga Stein Barthelmes (BAK).

TIME 05th October, 2.45 pm

PLACE Expo Real 2016, Messe München, Halle A2, Stand 332

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PARAGON APARTMENTS FINALIST FOR THE FIABCI PRIX D´EXCELLENCE GERMANY 2016

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The recently completed residential complex Paragon Apartments is one of this year’s finalists for the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Germany in the category Living. Another GRAFT project, the residential quarter TelTown achieved a top 20 placement in the same category. Every year the BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen e.V. (Federal Association of Independent Real Estate and Housing Companies) and FIABCI Germany award outstanding project developments in Germany with this prize.
The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Berlin on 4th November 2016.

 

Detailed information about the FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany: www.fiabciprixgermany.com

 

More information about the projects:
http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/paragon-apartments/
http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/teltown/

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WAVE – NEW LIVING QUARTER AT BERLIN’S WATER FRONT

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WAVE is one of GRAFT’s latest residential projects! Two new buildings will be situated directly by the water at the river Spree on the site of the former eastern harbor in Berlin. The construction will begin within this year.

The design focuses on the water front which seems to have washed out the edges of the building complex. The façade has a flowing organic shape. The interpretation of moving water is a formal transformation that links the water of the river Spree and the urban cubic design language of the Stralauer Allee.

On the ground floor there is space for community areas and a garden. All apartments directed towards the Spree have a spectacular view onto the river.

 

For more information visit: http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/wave/

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GRAFT Old Mill Hotel International Architecture Award 2016

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2016 GOES TO OLD MILL HOTEL BY GRAFT

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We are very delighted that our project Old Mill Hotel in Serbia received the International Architecture Award 2016. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the awards honor new and cutting-edge design.

 

The Old Mill Hotel presents the transformation of a historic building into a four star hotel. The overall interior concept of re-contextualization fuses the local heritage and the contemporary design into a singular whole: through grafting between old and new, the spirit of the Old Mill lives on in modern attire and becomes a new local landmark.

 

Along with the other winner projects, the Old Mill Hotel will be presented in a traveling exhibition called “The City and the World” that travels throughout Europe opening in Athens, Greece, in 2017. Additionally, all winning projects will also be published in the catalogue “New International Architecture” by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

 

All winning projects can be viewed on the following websites:

www.europeanarch.eu or www.chi-athenaeum.org

 

You will find more information about the Old Mill Hotel here:

http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/old-mill-hotel-belgrade/

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ECKWERK ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST OF WAF 2016

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We are very proud to announce that our project Eckwerk Holzmarkt is one of the finalist of the World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 in the category Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects!

 

This year the shortlist includes 343 projects from 58 countries across 32 categories. Our submission will go on to compete against all the other entries in November. All finalists will present the projects live in front of delegates and the international jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The winners will then be announced on November 18th during the WAF Gala Dinner.

 

The Eckwerk project was developed in cooperation with Kleihues + Kleihues as well as GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität). The exemplary complex of buildings seeks to find the answer to the social, economic, and ecological questions of our times. The design takes on the characteristics and qualities of the location.

 

For more information about Eckwerk go to: http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/eckwerk/

To see the WAF shortlist go to: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2016-shortlist

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ROOFING CEREMONY OF BRICKS SCHÖNEBERG

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On Thursday, June 23rd, the roofing ceremony of the former post office in the quarter of Berlin Schöneberg has been celebrated. The roof of the post office as well as the roof of its side wings will be activated to be used as office space. The construction project now successfully completed the first phase and this achievement will be celebrated.
The entire roof space of the listed post office and the surrounding building complex that are not in use to date will be developed. The roof of the side wings and the second rear wing will be reconstructed. A tower like structure from the 50s will be renovated as well. Completed by 2017, the building complex will present a unique design that fits within the listed building.

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FULL HOUSE AT THIS YEAR’S “TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR”

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Last weekend, owners and architects opened their buildings to the public all over Germany for “Tag der Architektur”! GRAFT also offered guided tours through three buildings: private residence Villa M (Berlin), multi-family condominium Paragon Apartments (Berlin) and family House Sankt Augustin (Sankt Augustin) attracted over 400 visitors on Saturday alone! We were overwhelmed by the great feedback – thanks to everybody who came out last weekend!

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THREE GRAFT PROJECTS AT DAY OF ARCHITECTURE

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Within the event “Tag der Architektur” (Day of Architecture) GRAFT offers guided tours through three of their projects in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia. The respective project leaders offer guided tours through the buildings for interested visitors and present a unique insight into the building as well as into the design idea.

 

Berlin

Paragon Apartments, Danziger Straße 73-77, Prenzlauer Berg: open tours at 14, 15h30 and 17h

Villa M, Grunewald: guided tours are already fully booked

 

North Rhine-Westphalia

Family House Sankt Augustin: Registration via BDA Bonn: http://bit.ly/28O8rZT

 

We are looking forward to your visit!

 

This weekend, on June 25th and 26th the Day of Architecture takes place according to the motto “Architecture for All”. All over Germany, architects open their offices and offer guiding tours through their built objects.

 

You can have a look at all open projects and tours on the following homepage:

http://www.tag-der-architektur.de/

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GRAFT LECTURE ABOUT SOLARKIOSK AS GATEWAY TO THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID

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On June 21, GRAFT founding partner and co-founder of SOLARKIOSK AG Lars Krückeberg is giving a lecture at the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich. “SOLARKIOSK: The Energy Gateway and Last Mile Distribution to the Base of the Pyramid” is about the self-initiated project by the GRAFT founding partners and Andreas Spiess. The kiosk was designed to be an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It substitutes extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and gives access to information for future growth of rural communities.

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition and conference for the solar industry and functions as trendsetter for industry developments. This year, it takes place from June 21 until June 24 in Munich.

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“GRAFT GOES SCIENCE”

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In cooperation with the hospital Charité Berlin, GRAFT released an article about noise reduction in intensive care units (ICU) that describes the measurable benefits of a reduced noise environment.

The paper was published by IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) in Psychological Measurements (IOPsience).

Together with the partners from Charité Berlin, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit, developed a parametric spatial design to reduce detectable stress-inducing factors such as noise, light, disorientation and the lack of privacy, the design was supposed to enable a measurable improvement of the healing process and therefore a significant reduction of the occurrence of delirium and cognitive long-term damages.

The interior concept creates a homely atmosphere through its soft and flowing forms, the use of large surfaces and dark wood floor, indirect light and individually controllable lighting systems. Technical equipment and supply lines were arranged to suit the workflows and still disappear visually from the patient’s perception.

 

Read the full article here: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0967-3334/37/7/1041/meta

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HEIMAT2 AT GERMAN PAVILION AT THE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE

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The concept for Heimat2 that GRAFT developed with further project partners is now part of the exhibition “Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country” in the German Pavilion at this years’ Biennale di Architettura in Venice.

Heimat2 is presented along with all projects that took part in the Berlin Award 2016 this spring. The German Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment in cooperation with the German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) called for entries this year under the motto “Heimat in der Fremde” (home in foreign land) and therefore honored innovative projects that present an accommodation for refugees, as well as improvements in life quality, and the connectedness into the urban development.

The project Heimat2 does not have the claim to just build dwelling places, but to create quality residential villages that are architecturally appealing and socially integrative. The first building will be realized in 2016 in Berlin. Heimat2 is also working on other solutions on an international level.

www.graftlab.com/heimat2

http://www.makingheimat.de/

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GRAFT BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION AT BIENNALE OPENING IN VENICE

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GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit will present their new publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM with an official book launch event at BerührungsPUNKTE-Meetingpoint in Palazzo Contarini Polignac on Thursday, 26th of May from 11-12 am during the opening week of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition “Biennale Architettura” in Venice.

 

The book launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion with Ute Weiland (Alfred Herrhausen Society), Joee Osea Addo (Constructs LLC), and Rozana Montiel Saucedo (Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura). The discussion will be moderated by Francesca Ferguson (UrbanDrift).

Free entry with registration via: http://beruehrungspunkte.de/anmeldung/

 

In addition to the book launch event, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will take part at a symposium of the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA (Association of German Architects) on Saturday, the 28th of May between 11 am and 1 pm at the German Pavilion in Giardini.

Linked to the Biennale contribution of the German Pavilion “Making Heimat – Germany, Arrival Country” the symposium addresses “The Relocation of Humanity” (Der Umzug der Menschheit) due to global refugee movements and climate change. Other participants are Heiner Farwick (President of BDA), Peter Cachola Schmal (Commissioner General German contribution to the Biennale and Director of DAM Frankfurt), Dr. Barbara Hendricks (Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, (Deputy Director Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research), Prof. Dr. H. C. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)), and Doug Saunders (Author).

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Venice!

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NEW PUBLICATION ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM OUT NOW

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With the new publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM, GRAFT addresses social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable spaces and environments. GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit state that ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM is about contributing to the world, helping people in need, not just waiting for the next client, but doing something, being active.

The book portrays ten GRAFT projects that specifically follow this approach. Among them are Make It Right Foundation, SOLARKIOSK, and Heimat2. Projects on an international level that show that good design is not a first world privilege.

ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM is published by Birkhäuser Verlag and is available from 23th May 2016.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/472267?rskey=wdzCVE&result=3

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GRAFT DESIGNS URBAN NATION MUSEUM IN BERLIN

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Since May 19th, another GRAFT project is ready for construction: the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art (UN Museum) in Berlin Schöneberg. The start of the project was officially announced in the presence of GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit, Secretary of Cultural Affairs Tim Renner, the director of the UN museum Yasha Young and the project initiators Markus Terboven (Gewobag) and Hendrik Jellema (Berliner Leben Foundation). After the completion in summer 2017, the museum will be a globally unique address for exhibitions, research, and exchange for urban art.

 

The architectural concept by GRAFT transforms the former residential building into a spectacular museum space. The building and its modular changeable facades will be a piece of art itself. The interior space spans across two floors and therefore creates unexpected space proportions, width, and height. Up to 7 meters high pieces can then be presented inside the museum. A gallery that crosses the museum like a high line enables the visitors to get a closer look at the artworks.

 

Urban Nation is an initiative of the Berliner Leben Foundation, which was founded in 2013 by the Berlin housing association Gewobag. The museum concept by Yasha Young will present urban street art in a new light and as an integral part of the city under the motto “Connect. Create. Care.”.

 

For more information got to: http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/urban-nation-museum/

Or: www.urban-nation.com

 

Copyright: URBAN NATION

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SOLARKIOSK BRINGS INTERNET AND POWER TO SCHOOLS IN ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP

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SOLARKIOSK and the satellite operator SES are pioneering the first-of-its-kind “Connected Solar School” to deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to schools run by UNICEF and Relief International within the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Bringing together solar energy provided by the SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB and a broadband connectivity enabled by the SES’s AstraConnect broadband platform, the “Connected Solar School” will make it possible for teachers to use quality e-learning materials. The E-HUBB interior will become the administrative centre for teachers and will have a power node to charge solar lamps, laptops, printers, mobile phones, and tablets.

The Zaatari refugee camp currently houses more than 80,000 refugees and more than 300 students are attending four schools in the camp which are operated by UNICEF and Relief International.

To date, the SOLARKIOSK was erected in 10 countries, with 107 units, and impacted more than 800.000 people. The refugee camp school is one more possibility to help and make a change.

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START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ICE STADIUM SCHIERKE

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On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, the rebuilding of ice stadium Schierke officially started.

 

In 2013 GRAFT convinced the jury of the European architectural competition with the draft of a filigree roof made of glass fiber membrane and won the competition for renovating the stadium. The 2.400 m² large roof spans across the stadium with natural elegance and lightness and anchors on only two points. GRAFT developed the roof structure in collaboration with schlaich bergermann partner. It protects the space from rain, snow, and the sun, at the same time it offers a view towards the mountainside of the Harz and the sky above.

The stadium is one of the oldest natural ice stadiums in Germany and will now be reactivated. The new sports and leisure space in the Harz mountain range will be finished by December 1st 2017 and will then offer space for up to 4.900 visitors for a wide range of sports and events throughout the year.

 

For more information about the project go to: http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/ice-stadium-schierke/

 

For current pictures of the construction site go to: http://www.webcam-profi.de/bilder/schierke-arena/image.jpg

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GRAFT News Start of Construction for Apassionata

START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR APASSIONATA MUNICH

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With the APASSIONATA Theme Park in Munich another GRAFT design will be realized soon. The horse adventure park will be constructed within the next 10 months in the immediate neighborhood of the Allianz Arena in the Munich quarter of Fröttmaning, and will be the new leisure attraction in the Bavarian capital including a show palace and a theme park.

GRAFT and the APASSIONATA team developed an architectural draft for the park inhabiting 12 theme pavilions, presenting an interactive adventure to the visitors. The show palace that offers place for 1700 visitors and forms a symbiotic and creative relationship with the surrounding area is the core of the adventure- an exciting connection between nature and show.

GRAFT and APASSIONATA create a unique themed world that fits the vision and the brand of the extraordinary horse show.

After a design competition in 2015, GRAFT is now looking forward to the collaboration during the implementation phase: the first show in the new theme park Munich is planned for March 2017.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT VITRA HEADQUARTER FOR ARCHITEKTURGESPRÄCHE IN BASEL/ SWITZERLAND

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On May 12th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is giving a lecture at the Vitra Headquarter in Basel, Switzerland. With “Work space 4.0 | we work, we build, we live” he will present new flexible work environments. The event is part of “Architekturgespräche”, a lecture series organized by ap35. Co-speaker is Werner Frosch of Henning Larsen Architects from Munich.

 

Where: Vitra Headquarter, Klünenfeldstrasse 22, 4127 Birsfelden, Switzerland

When: 18h30 entrance, 19h00 start

 

For more information about the talks and for registrations go to:

http://architekturgespräche.ch/

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GRAFT News MIR National Design Award

DIRECTOR’S AWARD FOR MAKE IT RIGHT FOUNDATION

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The Make it Right Foundation (MIR), founded by GRAFT, Brad Pitt, Bill McDonough, and the Cherokee Foundation, developed affordable and sustainable housing typologies for low income households in order to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

MIR was now awarded with the National Design Award in the category Director’s Award!

The National Design Awards celebrate design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seek to increase awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design.

For more information about Make it Right and the National Design Award go to:

 

http://ndagallery.cooperhewitt.org/gallery/36821327/Make-It-Right-neighborhood-in-New-Orleans

http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/make-it-right/

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RED DOT AWARD 2016 FOR CAELA LIGHTING SYSTEM

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We are very happy to announce that GRAFT and Zumtobel won the Red Dot Product Award 2016! The award is organized annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen since 1995 and is one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. The awarded CAELA Lighting System is a modular lighting system with Edge-LIT LED technology that was developed in close collaboration between GRAFT and Zumtobel.
For more information about the award click here.
And here are more information about the awarded product.

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GRAFT News SolarFountain Geschäftsführer

NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR SOLARFOUNTAIN

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In November 2016, the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK founded the non-profit organization SolarFountain jointly with the Siemens Stiftung. GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg is a board member of the NGO.

This month Marek Wallenfels became managing director of SolarFountain and assumed responsibility for the continued development of the charitable organization.

The mission of the company is to provide access to clean drinking water and solar energy to people who live in remote regions of Africa. Solar-powered kiosks equipped with water filtration systems are the focal point of its activities.

Please go to SolarFountain’s website for further information: http://solarfountain.org/

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WOLFRAM PUTZ STARTS DEPUTY PROFESSORSHIP AT RWTH AACHEN

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From summer term 2016 until the 31st of January 2017, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is going to be the deputy professor for Peter Russell at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, at the Chair of “Computergestützes Planen in der Architektur” (Computer Aided Architectural Design).

With a lecture called “Architecture Activism” Wolfram Putz will introduce himself to the student body at the annual exhibition of the Faculty of Architecture on Friday, the 22nd of April.

http://arch.rwth-aachen.de/cms/Architektur/Die-Fakultaet/Aktuell/~jycg/Jahresausstellung/

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GRAFT LECTURE ABOUT ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM AT ADC CONGRESS

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On Friday, April 22nd, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg is giving a lecture about “Architecture Activism” at the ADC Congress in Hamburg and explains how GRAFT approaches future topics creatively. The congress with the title “Heroes of Content” is part of the ADC Festival which is annually organized by the Art Directors Club for Germany (ADC).

For more information go to: http://www.adcfestival.de/kongress.html

 

ADC Kongress „Heroes of Content“
Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 9:30 am -06:00 pm
Gruenspan
Große Freiheit 58
22767 Hamburg

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE ABOUT FUTURE CULTURAL TOURIST TRAVELS

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On April 13th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is giving a trend lecture about the future of tourism at the house of literature in Munich. The event “Kulturtourismus neu denken- Kulturtouristische Reisen im Jahre 2030” is organized by BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH and Kulturgipfel GmbH. Several professionals will discuss about the future of cultural traveling within tourism.
For more information about the event go to: http://www.kulturgipfel.de/kulturtourismus-neu-denken

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DISCUSSION ABOUT REFUGEES AT LONG TABLE

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On April 14th, the ArchitekturPreis Berlin e.V. invites into the KutscherHaus for a discussion about housing and integration solutions for refugees . GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz and Dr. Gerd Ellinghaus will present the new firm “Heimat2” along with representatives from Berlin politics, real estate, and the construction industry.
For more information click on: http://www.architekturpreis-berlin.de/de/Programm/Das%20Kutscherhausprogramm/

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GRAFT News New Energy Pioneer Award

SOLARKIOSK CHOSEN AS NEW ENERGY PIONEER 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY

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We are very proud that our project SOLARKIOSK was announced as one of the “New Energy Pioneers 2016”. Along with 10 other game-changing companies in the field of clean energy and business transformation, the prize was awarded at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York City on April 4th. The New Energy Pioneer is judged upon the projects potential scale, innovation, and momentum. SOLARKIOSK was founded in 2009 as an off-grid solar powered infrastructure solution, offering clean energy, services and products. The company was founded by Andreas Spiess and GRAFT partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. The design and technical components were developed by GRAFT.
Click here for more information about New Energy Pioneers

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GRAFT PROJECTS NOMINATED FOR DAM AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that our projects “Paragon Apartments” and “Family House Sankt Augustin” are nominated for the Longlist of DAM Award for Architecture 2017! 100 buildings were chosen and will be published by DOM Publishers in the “Architecture guide Germany” in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Since 2007, the Deutsche Architekturmuseum (DAM) (German Architecture Museum) organizes the price for Architecture in Germany. In May, 20 out of the 100 projects will be shortlisted. In the beginning of September, all finalist projects will be visited and in January 2017, the winner will be awarded.

For more information about DAM click here.

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PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK ENVIRONMENTS

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On April 1st Christoph Korner, Managing Director of GRAFT Los Angeles, will be part of the panel discussion “Meet the New Cubicle: The How-Tos For Cutting Edge Coworking Spaces” at BDwest in the Los Angeles Convention Center. He will discuss the future of work environments using current projects of GRAFT as examples.

 

For more information please go to: http://www.boutiquedesignwest.com

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VOTE FOR GRAFT AT “ARCHITEKTURPREIS BERLIN 2016”

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VOTE FOR GRAFT AT “ARCHITEKTURPREIS BERLIN 2016”

 

The two GRAFT projects “Parametrische (T)Raumgestaltung” and “Holistic Living” are listed for a General Public Award at Architekturpreis Berlin 2016!

The objective of the scientific research project “Parametrische (T)Raumgestaltung” was the development of two pioneering intensive care rooms that help to reduce fear, helplessness and stress through a holistic architectural approach.

http://www.apb2016.de/2016/Projekte/073/

 

GRAFT also designed plus-energy houses (one single-family house and 2 semi-detached houses), all of them environment-friendly buildings that join mobility, energy and health. The project is an unrivaled holistic approach that connects modern architecture, innovative building equipment, and e-mobility as well as sustainability and physical health. The houses even generate a surplus of energy that will be used to charge an e-car that the tenant rents with the house.
http://www.apb2016.de/2016/Projekte/075/

 

The Berlin Architectural Prize is given every three years to architects and their clients for outstanding architectural projects.

 

Please support GRAFT:

 

http://www.apb2016.de/2016/Projekte/073/ – “Parametrische (T)Raumgestaltung”

or

http://www.apb2016.de/2016/Projekte/075/ – “Holistic Living”

Look for the star in the right corner and click on “Jetzt abstimmen” (Vote now).

 

Thank you!

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GRAFT WINS COMPETITION IN TBILISI, GEORGIA

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The parking lot in front of Radisson Blu Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, shall be transformed into a leisure area offering a comfortable sitting and relaxing area, retaining the parking lot underneath.
GRAFTs design for the transformation of the square was selected for the first place. The new Rose Square will connect the different levels and areas and lead the visitors to the underground center through a calm, elegant landscape. The urban flow of the square is directing East and West, creating rest areas. Through this intervention a multifunctional place is created, offering different features and facilities, awaiting to be embraced by visitors and citizens.

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HEIMAT2 – DIGNIFIED HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEES

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Looking at the unprecedented movement of refugees that Germany faces at the moment, GRAFT is taking its responsibilities as entrepreneur and contributes to the supply of dignified housing.

 

GRAFT founding partners Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and Lars Krückeberg were acting responsibly and founded “Heimat2” (second home), amalgamated with three other companies from the fields of project development and financing as well as communication. The project ”Heimat2” aims at erecting apartments in modular and system design to present a sustainable solution to hosting refugees and thus overcome the structural shortage of houses for them.

 

Included in the draft is the attempt to not just create living areas, but a livable residential village, something that can act as a model, something that is architectural appealing, integrative and allows a dignified life.
The first building will be realized in 2016 in Berlin and other locations. “Heimat2” is also working on other solutions in the international context, so that other countries will be relieved from the question of hosting refugees.

 

“Heimat2” is an amalgamation of GRAFT GmbH, COMTERRA CARE GmbH and LEPI Ventures GmbH in collaboration with Bernstein Group and H.W. Pausch.

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MEET GRAFT AT MIPIM IN CANNES!

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From the 15-18th March 2016 GRAFT will be at MIPIM, the international property fair in Cannes, France. You can meet us at the German Pavilion in Riviera 7.

GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be available for meetings to uncover new opportunities for collaboration and future work. He will also take part at three panel discussions at the official program of the German Pavilion:

16.03.2016, 9:30-10:15

Breakfast-Talk: Connectivity + Neighbourhood: The Future of Achitecture and Real Estate in a Smart City

16.03.2016, 16-17:00

German Hour: Healing Architecture

17.03.2016, 11-12:00

Panel Discussion: Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Times of Need: Challenges and Chances
If you’d like to schedule a coffee, meet at the German Pavilion (R7.G38/19) or a formal event with our MIPIM team, please contact us at pr@graftlab.com

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GRAFT LECTURE AT GET ENGAGED CONFERENCE

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GRAFT founding Partner Thomas Willemeit will give a lecture on “Inclusive Architecture” at the first Get Engaged conference called “Space + Possibilities” this Sunday the 21st of February. The one-day day conference will take place in the newly redesigned Kabbalah Centre in Berlin.

Several speakers will take about the possibilities of creating spaces for communities that support tolerance, acceptance and the development of the individual as well as the collective.

The concept of the event is based on volunteerism in order to offer free tickets for everyone who is interested to attend, irrespective of their personal financial situation.

Find more information on the conference and tickets here:http://www.getengaged.de/conference

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GRAFT LECTURE IN MUNSTER

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Within the ninth season of the lecture series “Architektur im Kontext” GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gave a lecture at the LWL-Landeshaus in Münster on 01.02.2016.He presented current GRAFT projects and took a closer look at the importance of architectural details, form the draft up to the design of door hardware.Parallel to the lecture, the manufacturer FSB presented their exhibition „Begreifbare Baukunst. Die Bedeutung von Türgriffen in der Architektur“ (Graspable Architecture. The Importance of Door Handles in Architecture), which also showed the new door handle designed by GRAFT.Together with the Association of German Architects (BDA Münster/ Münsterland), the Regional Association of Westphalia – Lippe (LWL) invites notable architects to present their work at this annual lecture series.

 

https://www.lwl.org/dlbw/service/veranstaltungen/architektur-im-kontext

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INSTAGRAFT

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GRAFT extends its social media appearance with Instagram

As “graft.official” we are going to post images and videos from our office everyday life, the activities of our founding partners and the progress of our projects on a regular basis.
Beside our activities on Facebook and Vimeo, Instagram is the third social media channel we use to present our work.

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NEW GRAFT COLLABORATION: YOUNG ENGINEERS FORUM

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We are happy about the collaboration “Young Engineers Forum” between GRAFT and BuroHappold Engineering!  Last week a group of 12 young engineers from BuroHappold came to our Berlin office to get an introduction to freehand 3d-sketching from Graftie Jerzy Gabriel.  We are looking forward to the next workshop this Thursday at BuroHappold where architects and engineers will speak about BIM Modelling.

Check out the talent of our freehand 3d-sketching teacher:

https://www.facebook.com/Studio-Rysunku-133667110036287/?fref=ts

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SOLARKIOSK AG

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SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to underserved communities worldwide, and SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of world-leading satellite operator SES, announced today that they have entered a new partnership to deliver high-quality connectivity to communities worldwide.

The partnership between SES Techcom Services and SOLARKIOSK is the first major step to deliver off-grid, connected solar infrastructure solutions for communities worldwide, targeting individual users, businesses, schools, medical centers and farms.

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OPENING OF GRAFT PROJECT “KABBALAH CENTRE DEUTSCHLAND”

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We are happy to announce the opening of the GRAFT project Kabbalah Centre Deutschland! It is a part of the new unique residential and commercial quarter with a mixture of historical architecture and contemporary reconstruction called BRICKS BERLIN SCHÖNEBERG, which will be developed on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) in Berlin Schöneberg.

The architectural concept translates one of the central ideas of the teachings of Kabbalah: gradual perception as spatial development along a path. If you want to find out more about the Kabbalah Centre Deutschland, please click here.

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HOTEL SPACE AWARD FOR OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE

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We are happy to announce that our project Old Mill Hotel Belgrade won an Annual Hotel Space Award in the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award Competition. The GRAFT project was published in Issues no. 357 of the Chinese Modern Decoration Magazine and has now been chosen as a winner among 11 additional candidates out of competing 4,000 entries from 22 countries.

The International Media Award was founded by the Modern Decoration Magazine publishers in 2003 for giving awards to excellent interior design works from the perspective of media.

The awarding ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Shenzen/ China on Monday the 7th of December. A summary of the event will be published in the January issue of the magazine.

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” SHORTLISTED FOR GREENTEC AWARD 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy.
Every year GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products that are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative. Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase.
Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting starting at December 8th.

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE ON THE FUTURE OF WORK SPACES

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gave a trend lecture on Friday, November 20th at the Siemens Real Estate conference in Munich. Under the title “The Future of Work Spaces. Flexible Environments for Digital Nomads” he spoke about new working environments and how new learning and connectivity will change the real estate market in the near future.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT RAUMWELTEN

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On Friday, November 13th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the platform for scenography, architecture and media “Raumwelten”.
He will speak about building immersive environments and the processes behind creative ideas. The event will be held in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where an interdisciplinary team of designers created spaces for different processes and tasks.

 

Wolfram Putz “Building Immersive Environments”

Raumwelten: Plattform für Szenografie, Architektur und Medien

13 November 2015 15:45-16:15

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GRAFT INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE

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In October, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a trend lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”. He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment. At the event he was interviewed about the building material ‘wood’ and its potential in modern architecture. The German interview is now on youtube:

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THE FOUNDING OF THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SOLAR FOUNTAIN GGMBH

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The founders of Solar Fountain gGmbH Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner), Georg Bernwieser, Christine Janezic, Rolf Huber und Andreas Spieß (from left to right)
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We are very pleased to formally announce the formation of the non-profit organization Solar Fountain gGmbH. It is a joint project between SOLARKIOSK AG and the Siemens Stiftung, whose focus will be on establishing a reliable supply of clean energy, purified water, and quality products & energy services through implementations of solar-powered kiosks. Local entrepreneurs will operate all kiosks and their business activities will contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development of their communities.

Siemens Stiftung is the company foundation of Siemens AG. It was founded in 2008 and takes on non-profit projects in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. Since 2010, Siemens Stiftung has been implementing water kiosks in East Africa.

SOLARKIOSK AG enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. SOLARKIOSK AG fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP by intertwining an inclusive business model with an award-winning technology solution: the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The first unit was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents. By founding Solar Fountain gGmbH, SOLARKIOSK AG is committed to increasing engagement in the non-profit sector and maximize the positive impact in BoP communities by enabling access to safe drinking water and further crucial services.

The partnership between the two organizations began in 2013 when SOLARKIOSK AG was recognized as the winner of the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award. The competition recognizes technical solutions that achieve a sustainable improvement in the basic services of developing regions. The expertise and experience of both partners is being combined within Solar Fountain gGmbH to jointly strengthen the supply of basic services in developing countries.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR OBJECT CARPET WINS RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

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Early this year GRAFT created some interior visualizations for the rug manufacturer OBJECT CARPET in order to promote their new rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator” at the international interior show imm cologne.

We are delighted to announce that the visualizations and the configuration tool will receive the Red Dot Design Award 2015 in the category “Communication Design”.

The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is geared to all creative minds with strong communication campaigns. With more than 7.400 applications from 53 countries in 2015, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions today.

The awarding ceremony “Red Dot Gala & Designer’s Night” will take place on the evening of November the 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

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GRAFT AT DEUTSCHE BANK EXHIBITION “STADTSINNE”

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The Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle invited GRAFT to design a sculpture interpreting the topic „StadtErtasten“ (“touching the city shape”). Yesterday it was displayed within the program of „STADTSINNE. Stadt sehen, riechen, schmecken, hören und anfassen!“ (See, smell, taste, hear and touch the city!) of the “Xenopolis” exhibition in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with productions of the sound artist Christopher Dell and the smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, the GRAFT sculpture was presented on the Phantom Table and provided the opportunity, to experience the city of Berlin with all senses. The door handle cubes were created in cooperation with FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH.
The exhibition “Xenopolis” focuses on the city as a living organism and is presented as part of the event series “STADT/BILD Image of a City“. The project is a consortium of leading Berlin exhibition halls.

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NEW GRAFT PUBLICATION “IMMOBILIENREPORT 2016”

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The new Immobilienreport 2016 has been published on October 13th: GRAFT was commissioned to write the report for the German Zukunftsinstitut, a company committed to trend research and consultancy. The publication is the second study on trends within the real estate market and architecture written by GRAFT.

How will the design and construction of buildings be different from previous approaches? How does this affect and transform the processes of building, operating and using real estate? And how will architecture connect the virtual and the real world?

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK

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Christoph Korner, from GRAFT Los Angeles and Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury School of Architecture in Burbank, California, will be leading a panel discussion at Boutique Design New York on Monday, November 9, 2015.

 

November 9, 2015 at 2:30pm

Star Tech: Innovations That Will Take Interiors to the Outer Limits

Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York, Hall 1E16

 

The panel will discuss recent and future trends in the use and application of new technologies in the hospitality industry. 3D printing, spray-on fabrics and holographic meeting rooms are shaping hospitality design today. Other panelists include Paige Francis, VP Global Brand Management, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands (Aloft, Element, and Four Points), Giovanni Palma, Director, MDH Hologram, José Ignacio Domecq, CEO, Fractalia.

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” WINS 2015 ECOSUMMIT AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that SOLARKIOSK is one of three winners of the 2015 Ecosummit Award! The ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event that included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the sustainable energy transition. In total, 46 companies pitched their projects to a distinguished audience and various panels discussed access to new sources of capital for smart green startups. For detailed information about the event and about other award-winning projects click on the link below.

Supervisory Board Member Mr. Andrew Reicher, attended the event in London along with Solarkiosk CEO Andreas Spiess, and received the prestigious Ecosummit Award on behalf of our company.

We are looking forward to the next Ecosummit 2016, which will be held in Berlin at the Radialsystem in April 2016.

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GRAFT LECTURE “FUTURE LIVING AND WORKING” IN AUSTRIA

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On Friday, October 9th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”.
He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment as well as new opportunities for architects and urban designers.

 

Lars Krückeberg “Future Working and Living“

Zukunftszentrum Holz Steiermark: Von der Immobilien zur Mobilien – Leben, Arbeiten und Wohnen in bewegten Zeiten

09 October 2015, 12.00-18.00

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PLATOON MAGAZINE FEATURES SOLARKIOSK

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The Global Creative Network Platoon just published their second edition of PLATOON MAGAZINE with a focus on temporary spaces. With an article about SOLARKIOSK, they take a closer look at the projects efforts to address energy needs of rural communities in Africa: “As temporary structures, SOLARKIOSKs are a first step toward self- sufficiency for communities where no electricity is available, or energy comes at high financial and environmental costs.”

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ROOFING CEREMONY FOR HOTEL BOSTALSEE

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On September 4, we celebrated the roofing ceremony at the construction site of our Hotel Bostalsee in the South West of Germany.
The core of the GRAFT design is to capture and enrich the spirit of the specific location. In accordance with this idea, the building figure develops out of the surrounding topography. The building draws upon the impact and harmony of its context to create a new identity for the site and surrounding, creating not only a building, but a destination.
The gross building area consists of around 11,800qm, including the outdoor wellness areas and the covered parking spaces.

Photo © Peter Gross Bau

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ARCHITECTURE FOR A RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY

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Scenography, Narrative and Intention in Architecture for a curious and responsible Society

Thomas Willemeit, founding partner of GRAFT, will speak this Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 at the Strelka Institut in Moscow about the connection of architecture, technology and smartness, which will lead us to the understanding of architecture as an integral part of the nature of our global man made environment. He will introduce architecture not only as a result of needs and functions, limited by costs and laws.
The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental educational institution, which promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its education in cultural and physical landscapes in Russia and is aimed to young international specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, the social sciences, and other fields.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT WINDMÖLLER GOLF CUP 2015

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On Friday, September 4th, the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give an introduction about new ways in architecture at the Ronald Mc Donald House. He will speak about the courage to take the risk to go in the direction of the unknown to discover new connections, combinations and relations.

September 4th, 2015 4-5 pm
Lars Krückeberg “Neue Wege in der Architektur – Über eine gesunde Kultur des Risikos“
At: Family House Sankt Augustin – Bad Oeynhausen

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SOLARKIOSK TO BE FEATURED IN THE TV PROGRAM ‘MADE IN BERLIN’

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The TV program ‘Made in Berlin’ (RBB channel) will feature the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK in an upcoming episode. The program focuses on the most interesting endeavors in Berlin’s thriving start up scene. It will feature interviews with the creative minds behind the SOLARKIOSK project, along with an in-depth look at the design and technical aspects of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB.

The episode will air on the RBB channel on Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015, at 10.15pm. It will also be available via RBB’s online livestream, as well as their online media library after the original airing. Some photos of the video shoot are available at the following link:

http://www.rbb-online.de/madeinberlin/portraets/solarkiosk.html

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GRAFT LECTURE AT „BDA“ IN MUNICH

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On Thursday, July 9th 2015 the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the Association of German Architects „BDA“ in Munich.
He will speak about innovation and creativity in relationship to the city and will show some of the current GRAFT projects in Munich, e.g. the extension and renovation of youth hostel Munich.

09.July 2015 19:00
Lars Krückeberg “Wie kommt Kreativität und Innovation in die Stadt?“
At: Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA Bayern, Türkenstraße 34, München

More information and the registration are available at the following link:

http://www.bda-bayern.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/artikel/2015/06/30/werkvortrag-graft.html

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GRAFT AND MAKE CITY

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From 11–28 June, the Make City Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives will be held in Berlin for the first time.
GRAFT is one of the founding partners and will host lectures and studio talks open to the public! If you’re interested in attending one of the events please register via the links below

THE POTENTIAL OF AN EMPTY CENTRE – SEEKING A MEANINGFUL RESOLUTION FOR THE MARX-ENGELS-FORUM

Monday, June 15, 6-8pm
The Marx-Engels-Forum, which lies between Alexanderplatz and the newest incarnation of the Stadtschloss, is one of the last expanses of undefined area in the centre of Berlin. Here the decision regarding the direction for the city’s future development will be mad: is our urban concept based upon a yearning to heal old wounds, or can Berlin create a new identity for itself? Which position does the creative urban community – always seeking new forms of expression – take on that matter? Can a dialogue between citizens be initiated, that would produce a response that goes beyond a simple yes or no? This panel discussion with the architecture bureau GRAFT and guests hopes to find out.
Panel
Thomas Willemeit (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Schwarz (David Chipperfield Architects)
Prof. Michael Mönninger (Journalist, Critic and Professor at HBK Braunschweig)
Antje Kapek (Fraktionsvorsitzende, Stadtentwicklungspolitische Sprecherin Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)
Moderation
David Kasparek (Journalist at “der architekt”)
Venue
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin

REGISTRATION FOR The Chance of an Empty Centre

THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING CITIES – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BERLIN’S RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS

Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm
In addition to economic and demographic aspects, social innovation is playing an increasingly important role in the future development of residential districts. The demand from citizens to participate in the process is also having significant influence upon the direction of urban planning. But where can space be found to develop a radical, new and sustainable model city that respects both market realities and different lifestyles? What, for example, are the negative consequences of initiatives like Tempelhofer Feld 100%? Berlin is a city that’s open to innovation, combining sustainable urban development with active technology transfer: ergo, the perfect conditions for experimental, interdisciplinary city-making. Nevertheless, such debates need to turn talk into action. This workshop will sketch out a framework for the model development of an inner-city area in Berlin that respects both social and demographic changes as well as the need for sustainable approaches.
Presented by Triad Berlin and GRAFT

Panel
Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Voigt (Expert and advisor of the Federal German Government on energy storage technologies)
Dr. Philipp Bouteiller (CEO Tegel Projekt GmbH)
Franziska Eichstädt-Bohlig (Urban Planer and Politician at Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)

Moderation
Stefan Richter (Triad)
Venue
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin

REGISTRATION FOR The Evolution of Learning Cities

ECKWERK BERLIN – START WITH A WOODEN HOUSE

Friday, June 26, 2-4pm
With a proposal comprising of five high wooden housing blocks by the Spree, Eckwerk Berlin is trying to do everything right; seeking answers to social, economic and environmental issues via the creation of an urban housing cooperative that brings together the interests of the creative and architectural communities as well as those of investors and developers. The result: affordable, sustainable living and working space for new communities.
During this studio talk, representatives from architects GRAFT, Kleihues + Kleihues and the Cooperative for Urban Creativity (GuK) will lay out their vision. The participatory process they have initiated is already making the world a little bit better.

Panel
Wolfram Putz (GRAFT founding partner)
Johannes Kressner (Kleihues+Kleihues Architekten)
Andreas Steinhauser (Eckwerk)
Dr. Klaus Boemer (CEO Gewobag)

Venue
Märchenwald, Holzmarkt Strasse 35, 10243 Berlin

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OLD MILL HOTEL WINS GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS AT THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

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We are very happy to announce that our design for the Old Mill Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, has been selected for the two prizes at the 8th Annual International Design Awards!
GRAFT was awarded with the First Prize in the Interior Design Competition “Renovation” and with the Second Prize in the category “Commercial”!

IDA honorary juries examined over 1000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics from 52 countries throughout the world. The coveted IDA Trophy will be awarded at the official biennial International Design Awards Ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles on May, 4.

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PRESENTATION OF GRAFT PROJECT SOLARKIOSK AT G20-B20 WORKSHOP IN ANKARA

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GRAFT founding partner and Solarkiosk CTO Lars Krückeberg has been invited to present the Solarkiosk project at the G20-B20 Workshop in Ankara.

G20-B20 WORKSHOP ON INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
SESSION 3: Role of Governments in Supporting Inclusive Business
-Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GMZ) of Germany
-Lars Krückeberg, Co-Founder and CTO, SOLARKIOSK and Dr. Maren Breuer, Head of Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)

The G20 has sought to incorporate policy contributions from an ever-broader cross-section of society, which are organized under five groups: Business 20, Labor 20, Civil 20, Think 20, and Youth 20.

The Business 20 (B20) outreach group is an influential platform bringing together business leaders from G20 economies, and advocates for critical issues for enterprises. Each year, the B20’s principal task is to facilitate exchanges between business communities from different countries and to develop consensuses around critical issues for businesses. The B20 has been instrumental in providing links between global policymakers—including governments and relevant international institutions—and business communities around the world.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT INTERIOR DESIGN EMERGING SYMPOSIUM IN MIAMI

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On April 10, GRAFT founding member Christioph Korner will give a lecture at the 2015 INTERIOR DESIGN EMERGING SYMPOSIUM in Miami Beach, Florida.

The theme, “Blurred Lines”, refers to those narrow and vacillating borders between the designs of interior spaces and the objects, forms, and technologies that interact in and out of those spaces. “Blurred Lines” investigates the ever-evolving role of the Interior Architect or Interior Designer as one that creatively touches every part of the built landscape.
The symposium promotes interdisciplinary communication between interior design academics and those practitioners working in all facets of the design field. Influential designers and revolutionary thinkers who blur the lines every day as interior architects and interior designers will share space, ideas, and research findings.
The day-long event will feature keynotes and presentations by Christoph Korner, Karim Rashid and other leading design academics and practitioners. An interactive poster session and lively afternoon Pecha Kucha presentation will fully engage all symposium attendees.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BD WEST – BOUTIQUE DESIGN TRADE FAIR IN SAN DIEGO

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On April 8 GRAFT LA managing director  Christoph Korner will give a lecture at BD WEST – a Boutique Design Trade Fair. He will speak during the seminar “Design Mavericks” (1-2pm) at the San Diego Convention Center.

 

DESIGN MAVERICKS

BD THEATER, BOOTH #943

Creative forces whose projects have shaken up the status quo drill down with strategies for helping clients understand a cutting edge vision and for finding solutions to transform untried concepts into fabulous yet functional hospitality spaces.

 

Moderator: Mary Scoviak, Executive Editor, Boutique Design
Speakers: Christoph Korner, Founding Member, GRAFT; Erla Dögg Ingjalsdóttir, Principal, Minarc; Dezirae Janowicz, Director of Operations, Tandem; Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Principal, Minarc; Ilan Waisbrod, President, Studio GAIA

 

BDwest made its debut in April 2013, following the successful launch and subsequent growth of sister show Boutique Design New York (BDNY).
Presented by Boutique Design magazine, both shows were created to serve a growing demand for experiential design and a more specialized and personalized trade fair experience in hospitality—one that inspires, surprises and enlightens. And like its New York counterpart, BDwest delivered, garnering accolades from both attendees and trade fair exhibitors in year one.

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GRAFT PROJECT ECKWERK WINS
„ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW MIPIM FUTURA PROJECTS AWARD 2015“

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Last night the annual MIPIM Awards Ceremonies took place in Cannes, France, rewarding the most innovative and groundbreaking projects in real estate. We are very proud to announce that the “Eckwerk” project by GRAFT, Kleihues+Kleihues and GuK received the “Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Award”!
The jury focused on creativity, but also how the design responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which it will impact and contribute to the surrounding architecture and community.

The unique design for Eckwerk was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität), as an exemplary building complex.
The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that enables relations between working and living, public sphere and privacy. At the same time the project aims to respond to the social, economic and ecological questions of our time.

For further information please go to:

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ECKWERK NOMINATED FOR MIPIM PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2015

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Apart from being nominated for the “AR Best Futura Projects MIPIM Award 2015”, our Berlin project ECKWERK is also among the finalists for this years ”MIPIM PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD”, which will be given to the public’s favorite project.
Eckwerk was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität).
The online vote was launched in early February and you can support the project via the following link:

 

http://mipim-peoples-choice-award.com/projects/eckwerk-berlin#container

All winners will be revealed during the prestigious MIPIM Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes.
For a list of the Mipim Awards 2015 finalists please go to:

 

http://www.mipimawards.com/mipimawards2015/awardsnomineeshortlist/shortlist-2015

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SOLARKIOSK WINS CONNECTED WORLD AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that the ongoing GRAFT project “SOLARKIOSK” won yet another award: On Monday evening, Connected World magazine honored innovative projects at a formal gala event in Birmingham, Alabama, and SOLARKIOSK won GOLD in the category “Power Generation”.
The Connected World Awards honor companies that have successfully leveraged IoT/M2M and connected devices to solve a critical pain point within their businesses while demonstrating quantifiable results. The recipients of the 2015 awards represent examples of what can be done today in the IoT (Internet of Things).

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR SOLARKIOSK REACHES LONG LIST FOR WAN SMALL SPACES AWARD

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The WAN Small Spaces Award is a new specialist category for the WAN AWARDS that celebrates small scale architecture. Rather than large scale, generous architecture and design, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. The GRAFT design for Solarkiosk is among the 25 projects that reached the next phase.

WAN will be announcing the Short List on March 3, 2015.

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SOLARKIOSK NOMINATED FOR 2015 ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is one of six finalists for the 2015 Encouraging Sustainability Award that is given out annually by ZEIT WISSEN magazine.

 

The award aims to recognize projects and initiatives from economy and science that contribute in a significant way to sustainable development. The award will honor winners in two categories: SOLARKIOSK AG is nominated in the category ‘Action’, which targets initiatives or companies with programs that make everyday life more sustainable. In the category ‘knowledge’, nominees include initiatives involved with education and research with a focus on sustainability.

 

Since 1946, the German publishing company ‘Zeitverlag’ has published the successful weekly magazine DIE ZEIT, which is noted for its journalistic excellence. With a circulation of roughly 500,000, DIE ZEIT is the most widely read national newspaper in Germany. In 2004 Zeitverlag introduced the science magazine ZEIT WISSEN which reaches 1 million readers. Since the magazine’s first issue, the topic of sustainable development has been a subject of growing importance. In February 2012 a new section, „Environment and Society“ was introduced along with a regular feature on sustainability.

 

The award ceremony for the prize winners will take place in Hamburg, Germany on the 24th of February.

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SOLARKIOSK NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 GSMA GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is among the nominees for the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Award in the category Social & Economic Development – Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets.

The Global Mobile Awards, this year in their 20th edition, are the most prestigious award that recognizes achievement and innovation in the mobile industry. Over 800 entries have been submitted for this year’s awards and the shortlisted candidates will be honored on March 3rd, 2015 in Barcelona during the GSMA Mobile World Congress. The Global Mobile Awards are judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and in some cases, mobile operator representatives.

The award ceremony will be hosted by the legendary British actor John Cleese and will honor more than 40 winners across nine categories. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT WACEE CONFERENCE IN GHANA

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On February 11, GRAFT and SOLARKIOSK founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the 3rd “West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition and Conference”. This year’s event is organized by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK). It focuses on environmental protection, waste management and renewable energy development in the private and public sector in West Africa.

 

February 11, 2015

Lars Krückeberg: ”Sustainable Energy for BoP Communities: a Business Case”

Theme: Renewable Energy Options for Successful Businesses

At: WACEE “West African Clean Energy & Environment” Exhibition and Conference

Venue: Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana

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RING FREI!
GRAFT VS. AUER+WEBER VS. LAVA

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On Tuesday February, 10 the 3rd round of Architekturgalerie’s “RING FREI!” will take place. GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz, Achim Söding, and LAVA Partners, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Chris Bosse will question each other in regard to their hostel projects. A verbal slugfest – bluntly and directly!

Wolfram Putz will also present the design for the new youth hostel in the city center of Munich.

 

REFEREE: Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München

LOCATION: Architekturgalerie München e.V., Türkenstr. 30, 80333 München

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GRAFT VISUALIZATIONS FOR OBJECT CARPET

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During the international interiors show imm cologne (January 19-25, 2015) OBJECT CARPET presented their interactive rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator”. The tool allows clients to test individual and customized solutions in different spatial situations. In order for customers to get realistic impressions OBJECT CARPET commissioned GRAFT to create interior visualizations for hotels and retail.

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BDA PARTNERTAG AT GRAFT STUDIO BERLIN

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On Friday, January 30, GRAFT hosted the 5th Partner Day of the Association of German Architects „BDA“ in their Berlin studio. The program of the event evolved around “Responsibility in Architecure”: GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gave a lecture on the subjects of “Community Commuters” and the mega trend “Health”.

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GRAFT HOTEL “RADISSON BLU OLD MILL” CELEBRATES OPENING WITH BIG MEDIA EVENT!

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In the white city of Old Belgrade, near the banks of the Sava River, GRAFT transformed the historic building of the “Old Mill” into a 4 Star hotel. On January 28 the “Radisson Blu Old Mill” opens with a big media event!

The overall concept of re-contextualization fuses the local heritage and the contemporary interior design into a singular whole: through grafting between old and new, the spirit of the Old Mill lives on in modern attire and becomes a new local landmark.

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GRAFT PROJECT ECKWERK NOMINATED FOR
„BEST FUTURA PROJECTS MIPIM AWARD 2015”

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We are happy to announce that our Berlin project „Holzmarkt Eckwerk“ is one two German projects nominated for MIPIM Award 2015 in the category “Best Futura Project!”

The design was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität). Eckwerk is an exemplary building complex that aims to respond to the social, economic and ecological questions of our time.

The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that enables relations between working and living, public sphere and privacy.

The viaduct is conceived as a multi-storey market place with five individual towers. Those towers are connected by the Berg Pfad, an architectural mountain trail. Below you can find the links to all the nominees as well as an article from the newspaper “Immobilienzeitung”.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR YOUTH HOSTEL MUNICH IN “DJH EXHIBITION”

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From January 1 until February 14 the gallery “Architekturgalerie München” will show the GRAFT design for the new youth hostel in Munich under the title “DJH Präsentation”. The exhibition explores how the new design strategy of the Bavarian Hostelling Organization (DJH Bayern) connects tradition and modernity.

 

“DJH Präsentation”

20.1. – 14.2.2015

Architekturgalerie München

Türkenstraße 30

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BAU MÜNCHEN

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On January 20, 2015 GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at BAU – the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems.

He will speak about “Living Spaces – Future Trends effecting Building and Architecture” and how to develop successful architectural projects.

 

Wolfram Putz „Living Spaces. Future Trends effecting Building and Architecture”

BAU 2015 München, Halle 4, Stand 311

Häefele, „Qualität als Erfolgsfaktor für gute Architektur. Auf dem Weg zu besseren Lösungen“

20. Jan. 2015, 4:50 pm

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