GEORGIAN ARCHITECTURE EVENING AT DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM

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On Friday, September 28th, 2018, the exhibition “HYBRID TBILISI – Reflections on Architecture in Georgia” opens at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Therefore the DAM hosts a Georgian Architecture Event with GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit and Georgian architect Giorgi Khmaladze. Willemeit  and Khmaladze will discuss the contradictions of the Caucasian metropolis Tbilisi which sees itself confronted by a growing number of spectacular new constructions and late Soviet form experiments.

 

The evening will be moderated by Peter Cachola Schmal, director of the museum. The talks will be held in English.

 

When: Tuesday, October 23rd, 7 p.m.
Where: Deutsches Architektur Museum, DAM Auditorium, Frankfurt am Main
Price: 5€/ 2.50 € reduced

 

For more information please visit: http://www.dam-online.de/portal/de/Start/Start/0/0/0/0/1581.aspx

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GRAFT LECTURE AT LEUPHANA UNIVERSITÄT LÜNEBURG

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On Monday, October 22, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a key note at the Institute of Urban and Cultural Area Research. The lecture with the title “Limits of Space in the Age of Mobility” deals with the topic of enhancement of space through an increase of connectivity.

 

When: Montag, October 22, 7pm
Where: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Room C 5.029

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CURATOR GUIDED UNBUILDING WALLS TOUR FOR GESELLSCHAFT DER FREUNDE DER AKADEMIE DER KUENSTE

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On Saturday, October 27th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg will give a guided tour through the German Pavilion for “Gesellschaft der Freunde der Akademie der Künste”. He will explain the exhibition concept of UNBUILDING WALLS, curated by GRAFT together with the civil rights activist and politician Marianne Birthler for the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

 

When: October 27th 2018 , 11 a.m.
Where: German Pavilion at the Giardini of the Biennale di Venezia

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GRAFT LECTURE FOR PORSCHE

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On Saturday, October 20th, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was invited to give a lecture on the future of urbanism and mobility for Porsche AG. Thomas Willemeit discussed, amongst other things, the systemic shift of renewable energy cycles and the extension of spatial perception through digital devices and screens.

 

When: October 20th, 11 am
Where: BRLO BRWHOUSE

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GRAFT KEYNOTE LECTURE AT 9TH ARCHITECTURE NIGHT IN BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a keynote at the Kunsthalle Goeppingen on Friday, October 19th as part of the “9th Night of Architecture”. In his lecture he will speak about the future of cities and how new urban developments will influence our perception of the city.

 

When: October 19th, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kunsthalle Goeppingen

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TBILISI RAILWAY HEADQUATER

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Masterplan and Urban Strategy

The masterplan created by GRAFT is integrated into the future-oriented business corridor of the Didube Chughureti quarter in the northern part of Tbilisi’s city center.

In addition to a public landscape, the project envisions two dynamically shaped office towers that will house the offices of the new headquarters of the Georgian railway company as well as a railway museum. The overall design focuses on an enriching working environment that takes a holistic approach to the well-being of its users and creates a wide range of functions for visitors and residents.

The project is currently in the negotiation phase.

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UNBUILDING WALLS TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP

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As a continuation of the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, the curators of the German Pavilion, the architects GRAFT and the politician Marianne Birthler, are initiating and awarding two UNBUILDING WALLS travel grants worth 3,000 euros each.

In addition to classical research and design projects, initiatives, media documentaries or other conceptual ideas dealing with the subject of UNBUILDING WALLS will also be supported.

Carried by the idea of sensitizing the next generation to walls, boundaries and their implications, the curators would like to deepen the topic as a field of research. Students can apply with architectural and artistic projects about built, physical or strategic interventions aimed at overcoming barriers. The aim of the work may be designs and investigations on physical interventions or on the social and political significance of walls and borders.

 

Applications can be submitted between the 3rd of October and the 31st of December 2018 to media@graftlab.com

Find more details in the announcement and the application form here

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SINGLE PARENTING RETREAT FARFALLA VERDE

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The Single Parenting Retreat is located in the very south of Lake Garda, where a small peninsula reaches into the lake and offers a spectacular panorama over the water northwards to the Alps. GRAFT´s design follows the special characteristics of the place. The design integrates various functions that offer both children and their parents a diverse recreational program in breathtaking nature. GRAFT achieves the combination of organic design and natural conditions through the thematic following of the shape of the butterfly.

The design was developed in the context of a competition for a hotel for single parents, awarded by the Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel.

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GRAFT BIRDHOUSE

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The Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin invited GRAFT to take part in the Design Special in early autumn 2018 on the subject of wood.  The task is to design an extraordinary birdhouse. In addition to GRAFT, the invitation was addressed to seven other international architects and designers.

 

The idea for the design of the bird house was already born in 2007, when GRAFT won the competition for the realization of a pilot project for energy-efficient building with a zero-energy house on BIRDS ISLAND in Kuala Lumpur. The original design of the organic outer shell, which dissolves the wall and thus creates a new spatial structure, has been simplified for the birdhouse, but also retains its function and figure in this smaller format. Our principle here is unusual design that does not stop at everyday objects.

 

The issue of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin with the Design Special will be published on the 28th of September.

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OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE PART OF THE RADISSON COLLECTION

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The Old Mill Hotel Belgrade was promoted to the exclusive new brand in the Radisson Hotel Group portfolio – Radisson Collection. The Radisson Collection is a premium lifestyle collection of exceptional hotels located in unique locations. The Old Mill Hotel is situated in the white city of Old Belgrade, near the banks of the River Sava. GRAFT transformed the historic building of the “Old Mill” into a 4-star hotel. The ambitious interior concept embraces the existing historical structure and enhances it with new materials, colors and shapes, bringing out its original qualities and creating a unique visual experience.

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SOLARKIOSK INAUGURATES FIVE SOLAR PANELED MEDICAL CLINICS FOR ROHINGYA WOMEN IN COX’S BAZAAR, BANGLADESH

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In a joint venture with 8minutenergy/Abundant Future Organization and the HOPE Foundation, SOLARKIOSK was able to install five solar powered mini-clinics within the HOPE Field Hospital for Women. The new clinics will provide inpatient and outpatient care, preventing unnecessary death and disability within the displaced Rohingya community.

 

In a short period over just a few months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations has built new camps for approx. 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya commmunity in Myanmar. Bangladesh, being one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor, supported by the international community of donors and NGOs, among them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh and lead by Dr. Mahmood. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Rohingya camp.

Almost one year after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are still needed to further scale up health services for almost 1.3 million people aground in the Bangladeshi Area of Cox’s bazaar. The field hospital is one of very few health care facilities currently operating in the densely populated area. SOLARKIOSK was able to contribute its solar powered E-HUBB technology and implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with air condition, fridges for medicaments and vaccination, ECG and other testing devices, treatment and delivery rooms. SOLARKIOSK and GRAFT believe that the solar powered clinics play a key role in implementing much needed health infrastructure among the Rohingya camps.

 

CEO Andreas Spiess said at the inauguration event: “Today we are very blessed to witness a heroic endeavor of the people of Bangladesh, who rescued their neighbors, the Rohingya minorities, from one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes globally. We in Europe can learn a lot from Bangladesh, who are themselves an underserved nation, when it comes to effective and caring charity. SOLARKIOSK is proud and grateful for its modest contribution of five solar powered mini-clinics for Rohingya women and in particular thanks to 8Minutenergy / Abundant Future Foundation for their never-ending support in making this challenging project a success.”

 

Critically acclaimed architects GRAFT designed the SOLARKIOSK as a modular, robust, secure, expandable, lightweight and beautiful kit of parts, to be assembled at its target location. The kiosk is an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It will substitute extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and give access to services such as business, education, communication, health and many more. In the form of a clinic, this is enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.

 

SOLARKIOSK was founded in 2010 by German lawyer Andreas Spiess together with GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. A very special thank you goes to our engineering team Ben and Nas, who worked non-stop for many weeks to ensure the flawless technical operation of the clinics.

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VERNISSAGE: “SOCIAL DESIGN”

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On October 4th, 2018, the vernissage of the exhibition “Social Design” takes place at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. It presents relevant international projects and discusses the redesign of social systems as well as living and working environments.

 

A loom for starting a business, a house to build yourself or a SOLARKIOSK for local power supply: Social design is design for and with society. The consequences of the globally operating economy growth are becoming increasingly serious for people and the environment. Social design faces the rising imbalance in terms of resources, means of production and future opportunities and focuses on a new, equal exchange between individuals, civil society, state and economy.

Anyone can shape society! Share your knowledge, opinions and ideas in the exhibition forum.

 

Vernissage: Thrusday, October 4th 2018 – 7 p.m.

 

Exhibition: October, 5th 2018 – February, 3rd 2019
Where: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal

 

For more information about the exhibition please visit: https://museum-gestaltung.ch/de/ausstellung/social-design/

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WOLFRAM PUTZ GIVES A LECTURE FOR THE 4TH BEOS FORUM – “THINKING AHEAD”

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the 4th BEOS FORUM – Think ahead on Friday, September 21st 2018.

 

The lecture “Condensed Spaces” addresses a more effective use of inner city areas in order to fulfill the growing demands due to increasing population growth.

 

When: Friday, September 21st 2018, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Where: eWerk GmbH | Halle F | Mauerstraße 78-80 | 10117 Berlin

 

 

For further information about the BEOS AG please visit: https://beos.net/beos-ag/wissen/beos-forum/

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT AT THE BBSR SYMPOSIUM

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On Thursday, September 20th, 2018, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a keynote speech at the symposium of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development on the topic of “Vario Housing”. In the face of a global housing crisis, rising land prices and a blatant lack of affordable housing in conurbations, the issue of housing has moved into the centre of social debate.

 

How can residential construction be designed to be sustainable and fair? Does residential construction fundamentally need new approaches or can it not be taken up with the tried and tested?

 

When: September 20th 2018, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Hotel Oderberger, Berlin, Germany

 

Further information on the program and the registration form for the seminar can be found at: https://www.forschungsinitiative.de/variowohnungen/03-netzwerk/veranstaltungen/fachsymposium-wohnungsbau-092018/

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EQUILALAND OPENING CEREMONY

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GRAFT designed the masterplan of EQUILALAND, a theme parc that is all about the world of horses. The official opening ceremony takes place on Sunday, September 16 in Munich and visitors get the chance to take an exclusive look behind the curtains of the fantastic show. Five pavillons have been designed by GRAFT next to Showpalace Munich.

 

In the “Horse Spa”, the keepers can be examined during daily care. Those who do not have enough of this knowledge can take a seat in the “Children’s University”, where knowledge about the world of horses is imparted in a playful way.

 

For more Information about the EQUILA theme parc please visit:
www.cavalluna.com/equilaland

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URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE PLANNING IN EUROPE

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In the context of the DAAD Alumni Seminar on “Urban Development and Future Planning in Europe” GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gives an impulse lecture and analyses good examples of modern housing concepts and urban interventions in the city.

 

The two-day event starts on Friday, 14.09.18, with impulse lectures and an evening program for exchange and networking. Topics include vulnerability and resilience in cities and architecture, people-oriented urban planning and international urban development.

 

When: Friday, September, 14th.2018, 2:40-3:15 p.m.
Where: Gaggenau, Landesakademie Schloss Rotenfels / BRD

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG IS A SCHOLARSHIP HOLDER OF VILLA MASSIMO ROME

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Lars Krückeberg was selected as one of nine scholarship holders of the German Academy Villa Massimo Rome. The scholarship holders, who will start their jobs this week, belong to the elite of German artists and creatives. The stay abroad enables composers, writers, architects and visual artists to find inspiration and new artistic orientation.

 

GRAFT wishes Lars Krückeberg the best on his trip – we are looking forward to many tasks, synergies and new plans from Rome.

For more information about Villa Massimo and the other scholarship holders, please visit:

http://villamassimo.de/de

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BRLO BRWHOUSE WINS THE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2018

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In August 2018 the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies selected GRAFTs project BRLO BRWHOUSE as the winner of this year’s International Architecture Award for the best new international architecture 2018.

 

The International Architecture Awards reflect the change of global architecture, presents current design directions by leading architecture offices and gives an important global overview of new developments in the different typological themes.

 

For more information about the awards, please visit the website of the Chicago Anthenaeum museum of Architecture and Design: www.chi-athenaeum.org

or the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies www.europeanarch.eu

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BRICKS TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

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On Friday, July 20 2018, GRAFT Architects together with the client Trockland and the builders inaugurated the shell of BRICKS on Schöneberger Hauptstraße.

The two new buildings are part of the former postal buildings already renovated by GRAFT, which are situated over the entire block between Schöneberger Hauptstraße and Belziger Straße. The two new buildings on opposite sides of the complex will complete the block and close the two remaining gaps within the overall structure.

The two new buildings comprise a total of 128 apartments and offer space for commercial and retail use. The building on the Hauptstraße opens its facade and provides public access to the inner courtyards of the complex.

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EXPO DUBAI 2020

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GRAFTs submission for the German pavilion has been shortlisted for the Expo 2020 Dubai among five other projects.

 

The architecture of the pavilion creates a symbiosis of efficiency and progress paired with beauty of the landscape and a comprehensive thought of sustainability.

 

A special focus is on the long-term performance of the construction: All components and materials are easy to dismantle and separate, so that the entire structure can be reused elsewhere or recycled.

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