GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ARCHITEKTOUR CONGRESS 2017

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At this Year’s “Heinze Architektour Congress” in Berlin, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to give a lecture.

 

 

The congress is beginning with an opening event on the 22nd of November and takes place until the 23rd. With a varied program newcomer of the architecture branch as well as well-known architects are going to present.

 

The organizer Heinze supports architects and planner in Germany with detail planning and is multimedia information partner for building and equipment products.

 

 

When: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, 11.15 am

Where: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin

 

 

For more information visit: https://architektour.heinze.de/architektour/kongress-berlin/

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT CHAIR OF TWO JUDGING PANELS AT WAF 2017

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to be chair of the judging panels in the categories of INSIDE: Retail and INSIDE: Health and Education at the World Architecture Festival WAF 2017 taking place in Berlin from November 15th to 17th. As part of the festival there is going to be the award-ceremony to honor architectural projects, which either have been completed or are still in progress.
Besides the ceremony there will also be a comprehensive program with different seminars, workshops, guided tours, parties, and more.

 

When: 15th to 17th of November 2017
Where: Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin

 

For more information about the program and the event, please visit: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ARCHITECTUREWORLD

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On November 08th 2017 GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to give a lecture at the convention trade fair of architectureworld in Duisburg-North. The lecture „Dream. Design. Deliver.“ deals with different challenges of the development of architecture.

 

The architecture branch is going to meet at November 08th and 09th to discuss themes such as facades, techniques and sustainable building. This year there will also be the first Milestone-Award for outstanding architecture and the German Hotel Day, which supplements the themes with interior design, facade construction, techniques of hotel groups, private hotels and senior residences.

 

When: Wednesday, November 08th 2017, 10.45 am

Where: Kraftzentrale at the Landschaftspark Duisburg-North, Emscherstraße 71,

47137 Duisburg-Meiderich

 

For more information about the event and the registration, please visit: https://architectureworld.com

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SOLARKIOSK PART OF CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

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The German Ministry for Environment chose SOLARKIOSK as a part of their „Prepared for the Future“-campaign within the Bonn Challenge for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 23rd Conference of the Parties COP23. The campaign acknowledges achievements of climate protection worldwide.

Different projects, portrayed by the campaign, demonstrate why the global transformation to a greenhouse gas neutral world is progressing.

 

The world climate conference 2017 is taking place in Germany, led by the presidency of the Fiji Islands. For this purpose diplomats, politicians and representatives of the civil society from all around the world are going to meet from November 06th to 17th 2017 in Bonn.

 

For further information visit http://www.cop-23.org or https://www.cop23.de/en/campaigns/campaign-ready-for-the-future/spread-of-solar-kiosks-in-africa/

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE NAX – EVENT

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a podium lecture at the NAX event „International Future Trends in Architecture – New Technologies, New Mobility, New Living Arrangements“ on the 7th of November. Within the podium theme „On the Way to the Future: How Do We Live and Work Tomorrow?“ his lecture titles „Work Environments 4.0“.

 

The Network for Achitecture Exchange NAX supports architects, engineers and specialist planners on their way abroad.

At this year’s advanced training course topics such as flexibility, mobility, home office, flat hierarchies, part-time models, automatization, and digitalization will be discussed.

 

 

When: November, 7th, 16-20h, lecture by Wolfram Putz 16.20h Podium I

Where: Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen, Bierstadter Strasse 2, 65189 Wiesbaden

 

 

For more information about the event, please click here.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE PLANER CONVENTION

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On November the 07th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture about new mobility-infrastructures and the challenge and chance of residential and urban planning that come with it.

 

The Planer Convention is organised by the Grundfos GmbH and aims to discuss the future of building technology and the digitalization of facility management with invited experts.

 

When: Tuesday, November 07th 2017, 11.30 am

Where: Westhafen Pier 1, Rotfeder-Ring 1, 60327 Frankfurt a.M.

 

For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.grundfos.de/planerconvention2017

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WAVE RECEIVES EUROPEAN PROPERTY AWARD

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On October 26th, Bauwerk Capital accepted the European Property Award in London for the housing project WAVE Waterside Living Berlin. The project convinced within the category „Best Development Marketing Germany“.

 

The European Property Awards count to the most renowned awards of the European real estate industry. Every year a jury of branch-experts honors projects in categories such as design, qualtiy, service, innovation, originality and sustainability.

 

For more information please visit https://www.bauwerk.de or http://graftlab.com/de/portfolio_page/wave/

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APASSIONATA SHOWPALACE OPENS IN MUNICH

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After about 12 months of construction, the show palace designed by GRAFT is the first building of the APASSIONATA Park in Munich. The new large-scale project is located in the district of Fröttmaning in the immediate vicinity of the Allianz Arena and is a new theme park for the city of Munich. It officially opens on Sunday, November 5th with the premiere show of “Equila”.

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GRAFT KEYNOTE IN ULM, GERMANY

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On Thursday evening, 19.10.2017, GRAFT architect Arne Wegner gives a lecture in the series “vh Architektur” at the Ulmer Volkshochschule in Ulm, Germany. The focus of the lecture series is “Architecture policy: projects that rough up”. In his keynote, Arne Wegner focuses on the “the original mission of architecture”. Moreover he shows GRAFT projects that have been self-initiated and in which architecture is perceived as an active contribution to social issues.

With its “vh Architetkur” the Ulmer Volkshochschule in Ulm offers a professional forum in which interested citizens as well as award winning architects exchange ideas and experiences. The event is organized by the Ulmer Volkshochschule and the Lichtbergkino in Ulm.

 

Admission from 9,- euros.

Where: Lichtburg Kino, Frauenstraße 61, 89073 Ulm

When: Thursday, 19 October 2017, 7 pm

Further information: http://bit.ly/2gruSvz

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GRAFT KEYNOTE IN STUTTGART

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On Wednesday evening, 18.10.2017, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a lecture in the series “Trendlabor” at Sanitär Wahl GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. The focus of the lecture is “Dream. Design. Deliver”. In his keynote, Lars Krückeberg talks about the future of architecture. Moreover he shows some projects of the last 20 years of his work as an architect.

With “Trendlabor” Sanitär Wahl offers a platform to discuss topics like design, architecture and visions in bathroom design once a year.

 

Where: Sanitär Wahl GmbH, Unter dem Birkenkopf 23, 70197 Stuttgart (West)

When: Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 7 pm

Registration and further information: http://www.sanitaer-wahl.de/de/trendlabor

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VILLA M FINISHED

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After 18 month of construction, the private residential in Berlin was finished. The Villa is one of a kind following new paths of formal language and outpaces classic architecture. In the venerable Berlin quarter Grunewald, this building presents a new generation of modern villas unifying modern aesthetics and unique comfort. Read more…

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LECTURE: WAHRNEHMUNG UND WESEN VON ARCHITEKTUR IN ZURICH

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On Thursday evening, 12.10.2017, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a lecture in the series “Architektur After Work” at the Giesserei Oerlikon in Zurich, Switzerland. The focus of the lecture is architecture and atmosphere. In his keynote, Thomas Willemeit talks about the perception and the essence of architecture, how we experienced architecture in the past and also how we want to experience it in the future. Moreover he show some projects of the last 20 years of his work as an architect.

“Architektur After Work” is an event that offers an architectural discourse within a nice atmosphere and a platform for exchanging knowledge between professionals. This event is organized by the Docu Media Schweiz GmbH.

 

Where: Giesserei Oerlikon (Room Metalli), Birchstrasse 108, 8050 Zurich

When: October 12th 2017, 7 pm

Further information: http://www.docu.ch/de/architekturafterwork-partner

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GRAFT KEYNOTE IN KIEL, GERMANY

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On Thursday evening, 12.10.2017, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gives a lecture in the series “WerkStadtGespräch” at the Alte Mu Werk – Impulswerk e.V. in Kiel. The focus of the lecture series is innovative urban development and architecture. In his keynote, Wolfram Putz focuses on the possibilities for the design of a forward-looking city and the question of how we want to live in the future. Afterwards, there is an open talk.

With its “WerkStadtGespräch” the Alte Mu in Kiel offers a professional forum in which interested citizens as well as people from politics and administration can exchange with each other on an equal footing and learn from each other.

 

Admission is free.

Where: Alte Mu Impuls – Werk e.V., Lorentzendamm 6-8, 24103 Kiel

When: 12 October 2017, 6 pm

Further information: http://bit.ly/2g1OEtW

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50 YEARS BERLIN-LOS ANGELES – GRAFT AT BERLIN LAB IN L.A.

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In 2017, the sister cities of Berlin and Los Angeles celebrate 50-year city partnership. On the occasion of this jubilee, Berlin will present itself in the Arts District Los Angeles in a Berlin Lab to which all interested parties are invited. Around the Berlin Lab, numerous other events will take place in L. A., which underline the city partnership between Berlin and L.A. GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit participate in three formats:

 

Thursday, 05.10.2017, 1 pm

Panel Talk: Reclaiming Public Space: Street Art in Berlin and L.A. (Wende Museum)

Together with artists and activists, Lars Krückeberg talks about the role of street art and its social and political potential in the cities of Berlin and Los Angeles, and presents the recently opened Urban Nation Museum for Contemporary Urban Art. The panel is organized by the Wende Museum.

Location: BERLIN LAB, LOT 613 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Registration: http://bit.ly/2hHAJgC

 

 

Thursday, 05.10.2017, 6 pm

Creative Talk: 100 years of Bauhaus: How do we want to live?

The moderator Alexandra von Stosch, program director of the Bauhaus Council Berlin, talks to Thomas Willemeit, architect Van Bo Le Mentzel, and author Theresia Enzensberger about the connections between Bauhaus and design thinking.

Location: BERLIN LAB, LOT 613 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Registration: http://bit.ly/2xK6z2L

 

 

Friday, 06.10.2017, from 4.30 pm

Presentation: Dimensions of Citizenship meets UNBUILDING WALLS. Curators of US and German Venice Architecture Biennale

Mimi Zeiger, U.S. Pavilion co-curator with Ann Lui and Niall Atkinson, and GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit, curators of the German Pavilion together with Marianne Birthler, will give a brief insight into their exhibition concepts.

In the context of next year’s international architecture exhibition topic “Freespace” the U.S. Pavilion’s exhibition “Dimensions of Citizenship” will interrogate the spatial conditions of design and citizenship. This exhibition will present works by architects, designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to today’s shifting modes of citizenship, and putting forth visions of future ways of belonging.

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years – exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will show the exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS” which takes this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon, responding to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.

Location: Bestor Architecture, 2030 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

*Street parking is available on Hyperion and Griffith Park Avenues. Please be sensitive to our neighbors.

Registration: astosch@me.com

 

All events are free of charge. Please register using the respective links.

You can view the entire Berlin Lab program: http://bit.ly/2fmORr2

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GRAFT FOUNDING PARTNERS ON US-BUSINESS TRIP

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From October 2nd to 6th, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a business delegation organized by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. The delegation, consisting of 27 Berlin entrepreneurs, will meet potential business partners from the creative industries, tech start ups and green economy during the trip. Visits to large Internet companies in the Sillicon Valley and network meetings during the BERLIN- L.A.BUSINESS FORUM are part of the program.

Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, joins the delegation in Los Angeles. He travels to California for three days on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles. One focus of his trip is the theme of urban development. In this course, the GRAFT founding partners will show him some architectural highlights of the city in a guided tour through Downtown.

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OPENING OF THE URBAN NATION MUSEUM

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On 16 September 2017, the worldwide first URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART will open its doors to the public. Under the motto “UNique. UNited. UNstoppable.” executive director Yasha Young and commercial director Dr. Christopher Vorwerk invite visitors to a two-day inauguration festivity.

 

GRAFT developed the architectural concept for the conversion of a former residential building, located on the crossroads of Bülowstrasse and Zietenstrasse. By a modular changeable façade, the building itself becomes a piece of art.

The street extends into the interior of the museum. A high line connects the exhibition spaces and facilitates the simultaneous experience of the artworks – from far away and very close.

 

In addition to the exhibition in the museum, visitors can look forward to high-caliber installations outside the museum, too, which will form an open-air art gallery.

 

Where: Urban Nation Museum

Bülowstraße 7

10783 Berlin

When: 16th to 17th of September 2017

 

You can find more information about the grand opening visit here: https://urban-nation.com/event/grand-opening/

 

Photo (c) Nika Kramer

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GRAFT FOUNDING PARTNER WOLFRAM PUTZ AT D.CONFESTIVAL

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is attending the d.confestival at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam on Friday 15th of September. As part of the creative talk “100 Years of Bauhaus”, he discusses the links between Bauhaus Thinking and Design Thinking together with Dr. Alexandra von Stosch (Bauhaus Council@Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung Berlin), design professor Katja Thoring (Hochschule Anhalt) and Van Bo Le-Mentzel (Hartz IV Möbel).

The talk is moderated by Christine Schnaithmann (HPI School of Design Thinking).

 

From the 14th to the 16th of September, the unique event d.confestival offers a wide variety of workshops and lectures where international innovators and multidisciplinary thinkers from different fields such as management, education and research come together. In addition it will be the celebration of 10 years of HPI School of Design Thinking, which enables a supplementary training program in Design Thinking for students in Europe.

 

Where: Hasso-Plattner-Institute Potsdam

When: 14-16 September 2017

 

For more information about the d.confestival visit https://dconfestival.hpi.de/info.html

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE TU DELFT

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On Friday September 8th 2017, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit are going to give their inaugural lecture at the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands. With the public lecture “Dream. Design. Deliver.“ the founding partners are going to introduce themselves to the student body as part of their visiting professorship at the Faculty of Architecture (Bouwkunde-BK) for the coming winter term 2017/18.

 

Where: East Wing TU Delft, Netherlands

When: Friday, 8th of September, 17.45 – 19.00h

 

For more information visit the University’s website: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/

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GRAND OPENING OF SEEZEITLODGE HOTEL & SPA AT THE BOSTALSEE

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On September 4, 2017, the official opening of the Seezeitlodge Hotel & Spa on the Bostalsee in Saarland, Germany took place. 250 guests were invited to attend the symbolic key handover and the opening speeches by Saarland’s Minister President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Anke Rehlinger. GRAFT Founding partner Lars Krückeberg explained the design concept of the new building in a short speech.

 

The Hotel occupies an advantageous position in its natural surroundings, overlooking a serene lake from a wooded promontory. It communicates between the exceptional natural atmospheres of the property. GRAFT’s design aims to build on and enrich the character of the location.

 

Together with the hosts Kathrin and Christian Sersch a hotel with innovative capacity and love for the detail has been created, which thrills wellness guests as much as athletes, epicures and culture- and nature lovers.

 

The four-star hotel has been welcoming guests and spa visitors since July 2017. For more information about the Seezeitlodge Spa & Hotel visit www.seezeitlodge-bostalsee.de

 

 

You can find more information about the project here.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT YOUNG LEADERS 2017

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On Thursday, August 24th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at this year’s Young Leader event. His presentation “The future of urbanism” is mainly focused on the connection of mobility and living.

 

The event Young Leaders 2017 of the BDI (Federation of German Industries e.V.) is taking place until August 25. The program contributes to active discussion, explanation and reflection of current questions with the aid of politicians and personalities of economy and society.

 

The superior theme is “the future of digitalization”, participants are welcome to join different workshops.

 

 

Where: Private Roof Club, Mühlenstr. 78-80, Berlin

When: 24.08.2017, 13.30h

 

For more information about the event visit: http://www.industrie-foerderkreis.de/89_388.htm

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SOLARKIOSK SELECTED AS A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE

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We are delighted, that GRAFT’s project SOLARKIOSK has been selected as a Semifinalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

 

SOLARKIOSK, along with sixteen other Semifinalists has been selected out of 460 entries over a period of four months by members of the Challenge Review Committee, which includes more than a dozen long-standing reviewers as well as external advisors and experts.

 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge program has been highlighting and celebrating exceptional examples of “whole systems” design across many sectors for the past 10 years. Launched in 2007, the program has been widely regarded as “socially-responsible design’s highest award”.

 

The 2017 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists are examples of innovative, multi-pronged approaches to addressing critical problems in agriculture, architecture, climate change, community, planning, education, ecology, economic, development, energy, human health, materials, sanitation or environmental and social justice.

 

You can read more information about the Buckminster Fuller Challenge program here.

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UNBUILDING WALLS

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Berlin, August 16, 2017

 

On August 16, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) announced the curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018: Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler will curate the German Pavilion in Venice 2018. The architects working together with the former Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic were selected by the ministry on the recommendation of the selection committee for their submission to the open competition entitled “UNBUILDING WALLS”.

 

The exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS” responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide people from one another. Walls can denote division, power and exclusion, but also protection.

 

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years – exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler take this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. With reference to the central theme of the Architecture Biennale “Freespace” devised by Grafton architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration.

 

The inner German wall, whose existence and deconstruction became a symbol for the failure of dialogue and its overcoming, serves as a starting point and background for the current international debate on exclusion and division.

 

For the official German press release published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) please click here.

 

 

Image credit original photo: Felix Torkar

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PARAGON APARTMENTS NOMINATED FOR THE “DEUTSCHER BAUHERRENPREIS 2018”

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The residential project PARAGON APARTMENTS is nominated for the “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2018” as one of 33 other selected projects.

 

The “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis” is one of the most important awards for residential development in Germany and is offered by the working group “KOOPERATION” existing of the head organization of the housing industry GdW, the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA (Association of German Architects) and the German Cities Council and is supported by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety (BMUB).

 

The Jury of the competition for the “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2018”, with the leader Dipl.- Ing. Heiner Farwick, president of the BDA, met on the 14th and 15th of July 2017 and made the decision about the nominations out of 173 submitted projects. Main aim of the award is to create high quality and economic viability at the same time while the residential markets are increasingly developing. Furthermore the exceptional role of the client is meant to be emphasized.

 

The award ceremony takes place on the 21th of February 2018 within the building industry exposition “bautec” in Berlin.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE BCCG SUMMER EVENT

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Graft founding partner Thomas Willemeit gave a lecture at the summer event of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.  (BCCG) on the 18th of July 2017. The event took place on the roof terrace of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at the Ku’Damm.

 

Organized by the lawyer Sabine Ursinger, leading people of the Berlin real estate industry as well as politicians met exclusively to discuss the development of the City West in Berlin.

 

The lecture and following panel discussion focused on the high-rise development and its chances and risks for the area.

 

For more information about the event and the program, please visit the German Website:  http://www.bccg.de/BCCG_12/Events.html.Termindetail=480

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SOLARKIOSK IS PART OF THE ECODESIGN ROADSHOW

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Solarkiosk is going to be presented within the Ecodesign Roadshow at the “Reconsider Design” exhibition, which occurs during the opening of the Gdynia Design Days 2017 on the 30th of June 2017. The location of the event is the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia, Poland.

Alongside of Solarkiosk, 29 other successful examples of ecological Design from the Baltic Sea Area are going to be presented. The aim of the Ecodesign Roadshow is to make Ecodesign more common and to support the substitution of knowledge and experience among each other. In addtion to that belongs the travelling exhibtion, which includes forward-looking products and ideas of different types. Alongside the exhibtion occur three lectures and a discussion (in Polish) with the theme Ecodesign.

 

Gdynia Design Days 2017: 30th of Juni – 9th of July

Opening: 30th of June, from 18h00

        with curator guidanced tour at 20h00

Entry free

For more information and the program, go to gdyniadesigndays.eu

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GRAFT LECTURE OF FOUNDING PARTNER LARS KRÜCKEBERG IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding Partner Lars Krückeberg will be giving a lecture at the official opening ceremony of  the Berlin establishment of Cadstudio on Friday, the 23rd of June 2017. As one of many interesting guests he is going to present projects and the approach of GRAFT Architects, due to the claim of “Dream. Design. Deliver”.

You are welcome to join the lectures from 10 am to 1 pm to get a closer look behind the GRAFT scenes or to come together at the BBQ afterwards.

 

Location:           nhow Berlin, Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin

Time:                 10h00 to 13h00 – Information & lectures

13h00 to 16h00 – Come together with BBQ and music

 

For more information about the lectures and the registration visit http://www.cadstudio.com/berlin2017

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GRAFT LECTURE AT VITRA HEADQUARTERS IN VIENNA/ AUSTRIA

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On Thursday, June 22nd, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is giving a lecture at the Vitra Headquarters in Vienna/ austria. 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-speakers are Ignacio Velasco Martin of MVRDV and Harald Höller of Granz & Sue Architekten

Where: Vitra Headquarter, Schottenring 12, 1010 Wien/ Austria

When: 18h30 entrance, 19h00 start

For more information about the talks and for registrations visit: http://www.architekturgespräche.at/

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KICK-OFF-EVENT TO THE “TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR 2017” @ BRLO BRWHOUSE

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During the “Tag der Architektur” (Day of the Architecture) GRAFT offers three guided tours through one of our recently finished projects. The “Tag der Architektur “has its safe mark in most calendars of architecture-enthusiasts. Since the amount of projects grew during the years the period of time increased too, from one to actually two days. June 24th and 25th. On both days architecture offices open their offices or show their recently finished projects to the public. GRAFT partakes as well and presents the BRLO Brwhouse, a brewery and tavern at the same time, whose design is based on oversea-container.

The Architektenkammer Berlin (architectural association Berlin) organised a panel discussion regarding the topic Architecture and Acceptance. The event takes place on June 20th, from 3 to 5 pm in the public area of the young brewing company BRLO. Alongside with GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg, Katrin Lompscher (Senator for urban development and living), Florian Schmidt (local politician responsible for building, planning and Facility Management in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg), Matthias Bauer (Quartiersrat Schöneberger Norden) and Benita Braun-Feldweg (Architect), discuss about the future culture of building in Berlin. The panel will be hosted by Uwe Rade (editor taz) and Christine Edmaier (President of “Architektenkammer Berlin”).

The fact that new housing solutions have to be built is not up for debate, everyone agrees on that. The question that causes conflict is where the new projects are going to be built. What kind of participation modells for the public is adviceable for the future regarding the designing and building? These topics will be discussed by the experts on the panel.

You are welcome to participate in this event. It is free of charge but due to the limited amount of seating space we kindly ask you to sign up for the event on this homepage: www.ak-berlin.de. Please also state the number of people who are going to accompany you.

The discussion will be held in german.

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FOUNDING PARTNER LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT TDI

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One of the GRAFT founding partner, namely Lars Krückeberg, has been invited to partake at a panel during the “Tag der Deutschen Industrie 2017”. At this event there will be given speeches  by chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and other politicians like Alexander Dobrindt, Martin Schulz, Christian Lindner or Cem Özdemir among others. Besides that there will take place further panels. You can browse through the complete program on the homepage.

Lars Krückeberg will be part of the panel regarding the topic Leader:in Influencer. This panel is about why some trends have an influence on the economy and some don’t. This raises the question which conditions must be preexisting to stimulate innovation. The host Ina Karabasz (editor at Handelsblatt) aims at sketching a picture of how the future could look like.

You can only attend the event with a personal invitation.

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FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT GIVES A TALK AT HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

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On June 1st, 2017 GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a talk at the Hochschule Bochum. His presentation is part of the series of events called Architecture Summer Talks and adresses the students of architecture in Bochum. Willemeit will give insight into the work and office culture at GRAFT. He will present a collection of projects, planned and realised by GRAFT. And he will talk about what it means to work at a hybrid office like GRAFT.

The event starts at 6 pm in the Blue Box Bochum. There is no entrance fee and you also don’t need to sign up for this event. The event will be held in german.

Please check the Facebook Eventpage for further information.

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TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT TEMPLINER STRASSE

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On May 17th 2017 the builders on site and the GRAFT architects commonly celebrated the Topping out ceremony on the project site of Templiner Strasse. Next to the Templiner Park in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg 109 new apartments as well as two new supermarkets on the ground floor are currently under construction. On approximately 4400 sqm and six floors there is enough space for flats with two to six bedrooms. 80 % of the apartments are already sold or reserved for future buyers.

The architecture by GRAFT realigns with the surrounding historic structure of houses. Their angular façade can be understood as a modern comment on the nearby located old buildings. Every apartment will be equipped with a balcony that will be oriented towards the green courtyard. The balconies will create an entity with the vertical garden.

Inside the apartments the flexible bathrooms show an interesting room-concept.

The project will be completed in 2018.

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CORNERSTONE-CEREMONY AT WAVE

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On 16th of may 2017, the cornerstone has been laid for the project at the Spree: WAVE water side living. Two buildings facing the Spree and offering space for 161 apartments will be built on this location. The GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit attended this event together with members of Bauwerk Capital, the principal of this project.

We are looking forward to bringing these extraordinary buildings to life in cooperation with Bauwerk Capital and our construction partners.

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GRAFT WINS SILVER AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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After receiving a GOLD award in the category RENOVATION, GRAFT also wins SILVER for BRLO BRWHOUSE  in the architectural category Sustainable Living/Green at this year’s IDA Awards. GRAFT designed a free standing and modular construction consisting of oversea containers. The building offers space for a restaurant, a beer garden and a brewery for the young company BRLO.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT WINS GOLD AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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GRAFT has been honored with the International Design Award 2016. The work for Kabbalah Centre in Berlin Schöneberg has been awarded with the IDA GOLD AWARD, in the categories ARCHITECTURE RENOVATION. The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction. We are pleased and proud to receive this award for an exciting project we developed for Trockland Real Estate. Founded in 2010, Trockland Management GmbH is an investment and project development company focusing on unconventional real estate assets.

The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction.

This year the jury of professionals chose between over 1000 entries from 52 countries.

The members of the jury at IDA included Alice Blackwood Editor, Design Quarterly, Kahi Lee – Host, HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”, Style Network’s “My Celebrity Home”, Melissa Sterry – Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societas, Josh Rubin – Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting, Martin Venzky – Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP, Jeffrey Nemeroff – Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine, Jordan Landes-Brenman CEO, Haute House PR & Marketing, Raj Nandan – Managing Director, Indesign Group, William Menking – Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects’ Newspaper, Nicole Lloyd – Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc., Rebecca Epstein Kong – Co-founder, Artware Editions, Aaron Kenedi – Editor-in-Chief, Print, Geraldine Grisey – Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT IN ISTANBUL

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On May 12th 2017 the Architektenkammer Berlin inaugurates the exhibition “Wohnungsbau in Berlin. Wer baut für wen?” at the foyer of the Architectural Association Istanbul.

There are 23 residential housing projects from Berlin exhibited. Among them GRAFTs project Paragon Apartments.

During a symposium on saturday 13th these projects are discussed. They serve as examples for contemporary Berliner residential building practice. This practice is enlightened and compared to trends in residential building in Istanbul.

You can visit the exhibition itself from May 12th until June 9th 2017. The entrance is free of charge.

Architectural Association Istanbul:
TMMOB Mimarlar Odası İstanbul Büyükkent Şubesi
Kemankeş Cd. No:31, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi,
34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

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GRAFT RECEIVES PRIX VERSAILLES 2017 FOR BRLO BRWHOUSE

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GRAFT has been awarded with the Prix Versailles 2017 for exterior design. The exceptional container-architecture of the BRLO BRWHOUSE stood out from the rest and persuaded the jurors.

It is the third time this award is granted. Since 2015 it is given out annually to architectural projects that combine cultural and commercial aspects of architecture.

The BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlins Park am Gleisdreieck persuaded the jury, consisting of aus François de Mazières (Vorsitzender), Manuelle Gautrand, Guo Pei, Toyō Itō (Pritzker 2013), Gilles Lipovetsky, Guy Savoy, Wang,Shu (Pritzker 2012) and Minja Yang with its modern and at the same time industrial aesthetic of the containerbased building.

Another interesting aspect is the connection between the brewery in Berlin and the time-honored palace in Versailles. This building is not seen as a rolemodel of aesthetics but as an example of functional, commercial architecture of its time with high standards regarding quality and aesthetics.

This is exactly the kind of sustainability, GRAFT stands for.

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TALK BY GRAFT FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT IN MUNICH

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GRAFT Founding partner Thomas Willemeit has been invited to give a talk at the  8th Institutional Real Estate Symposium, presented by BNP Paribas in Munich.

He will discuss the topic of “Realty in the Smart City: Living-, Trade- and Officeconcepts of the Future”.

The invited speaker at the symposium and the audience aim to discuss the essential questions in real estate business as an investment.

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GRAFT @ TINY BAUHAUS SALON VI

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On April 21st DOM Publisher is holding an event at Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung. The reason for this event is their recent publication “Handbuch und Planungshilfe – Flüchtlingsbauten: von der Notunterkunft zum kostengünstigen Wohnungsbau”.

GRAFT contributed their project HEIMAT2 to this publication. Dr. Lore Mühlbauer (Architect and Co-Publisher) and Yasser Shretah (Architect and Co-Publisher) were quite interested in the idea behind this project and invited founding partner Lars Krückeberg to participate in the discussion.

Together with Dr. Margaretha Sudhof (Secretary of State, Senate for Finances, Berlin), Melanie Karbasch (Architect, Salzburg), Van Bo Le-Mentzel (Founder oft he Tinyhouse university und Curator of the Bauhaus Campus Berlin) as well as Dr. Philipp Meuser (Architect and Publisher) he will discuss recent and future challenges of the refugee movement. The discussion will be presented by Katharina Stahlhoven (Curator Tiny Bauhaus Salon).

The event starts at 5.30 p.m., it will be held in german and ends approximately at 7 pm. The entrance is free of charge and you don’t need to sign up for it.

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT IS MEMBER OF THE JURY AT WAF 2017

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This year GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be part of the jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The festival takes place November 15th to 17th. During this event the winners of the WAF Awards will be announced. You can still enter the competition and there take part in it with projects that are still in the planning phase but also those that have been completed yet.

Besides the award-ceremony where the winners among the 350 finalists are presented there is also an extensive program including seminars, guided Tours through Berlin, parties and workshops.

You can get a ticket for this event to early-bird-conditions until July 21st.

The WAF takes place for the 10th time. On the occasion of this jubilee they created a manifesto where they name the topics that are going to have an increasing impact on the architecture business in the future. Projects that tackle the connected problems can still enter the award until May 18th.

The jury with Thomas Willemeit will debate about the projects during this summer.

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DETAIL SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN DECIDED

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Last week GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz acted as jury-chairman of the DETAIL Scholarship.
His colleagues during this jury-activity were Thomas Haltenhof (Schüco International KG), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler (Schüco International KG), Prof Andreas Hild (Hild und K Architekten), Angelika Hinterbrandner (former scholarship holder and Master-student at Technische Universität Graz), Dr. Sandra Hofmeister (chief editor at DETAIL) as well as Hon. Prof. Meike Weber (DETAIL).

The DETAIL Scholarship includes 500,- € per month, a free year-long subscription to the DETAIL magazine, access to the databank of DETAIL, events and the permission to use the wide network of DETAIL and their partner Schüco (corporate expert in building envelopes). It aims at supporting young architects, that’s why students who are already or will soon be enroled in an architects Master-Study can apply.

The jury decided in favor of these four young and promising candidates:

– Lionel Esche (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
– Maximilia Anne Maria Ott (Technische Universität Dresden)
– Benno Schmitz (Technische Universität Berlin)
– Jakob Zöbl (Technische Universität Graz)

GRAFT congratulates the recipients of the scholarship. We hope for an inspirational time during your studies and wish you all the best.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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Richtfest Berlin Hauptstraße Bricks

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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Tag der Architektur Paragon, Villa M, Elternhaus GRAFT

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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Tag der Architektur GRAFT

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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Intersolar Europe GRAFT Lars Krückeberg

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, Article Paramtric Spatial Design

“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 Architecture Biennale in Venice

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 NEWS Biennale Venice 2016

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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GRAFT NEWS Architecture Activism Publication

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 News Urban Nation Museum Berlin

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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Zaatari Refugee Camp Solarkiosk Power

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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GRAFT News Stadion Schierke

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 News Work Space 4.0 Wolfram

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 News Architecture Activism

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 News Genuis Loci

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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Heimat2 at long table NEWS

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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DAM Award 2017 GRAFT News

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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News Christoph Korner BDWest LA

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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GRAFT News Architekturpreis 2016

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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