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Since February 2018, the latest GRAFT publication FUTOPOLIS. Stadt, Land, Zukunft is available. Together with the Zukunftsinstitut, GRAFT is presenting a study that sheds light on the development of the megatrend urbanization and raises the question of the design of our living spaces in the future.


More and more people live in cities around the world, making them the most powerful actors and key problem solvers in a globalized world. Therefore, FUTOPOLIS not only captures changes and trend phenomena in large cities, but also shares a view into urban as well as rural habitats as places of identity. In both places, open and forward-looking thinking are crucial.


The connectedness of cities so called “Smart Cities” currently arise high hopes for an evolution, because a smart city by definition includes all important aspects for a livable city: information, connectivity, mobility, security and sustainability.


This creates new opportunities, though technology alone is not the answer. Challenges for the next stages of urban evolution are alternative housing solutions, new technical and social infrastructures, improving mobility and promoting culture, education and health.



Further information: http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/futopolis/

The publication is only available in German.

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On Tuesday, February 20, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the 28th annual start for real estate decision-makers QUO VADIS 2018 in Berlin. He will explain why developing countries such as in Africa are increasingly establishing themselves as drivers of lean solutions and as a good example with learning character also for the urban metropolises of tomorrow.

With his lecture “The Future of Residential Living. Learning from Africa “, Lars Krückeberg questions the permanent dynamics of the real estate industry a with clear visions of the future.

The event Quo Vadis is dedicated to the future topics of the real estate industry and is organized by the networking company Heuer Dialog.


When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:15 pm

Where: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany


For further information visit: https://www.heuer-dialog.de/veranstaltungen/10876/quo-vadis-2018

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On February 5, Germany has been united exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961-1989) – 28 years. On the occasion of this parallel the curators of the German Pavilion Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, and Marianne Birthler presented first details about their exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS today at an official press conference at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Berlin. State Secretary Gunther Adler and the Director of the Berlin Wall foundation Axel Klausmeier also gave speeches.

With UNBUILDING WALLS, the curators also use this parallel as an opportunity to examine the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.


Further information about the exhibition and press material can be looked up on the official website www.unbuildingwalls.de


The 16th International Architecture Biennale will take place from May 26th to November 25th 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice.

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The seventh presentation of the Top hotel Opening Award is fast approaching! Embedded in the “Top Hotel Day”, an illustrious award ceremony will be held on February 3rd to decide whether the Hotel & Spa Seezeitdlodge will be the winner in the “Leisure” category. The award ceremony will begin at 10.15 with a jury talk on the FOKUS Hotel stage, the award ceremony will start at 11.30 and will be moderated by Michael Sporer (Bayerischer Rundfunk).


When: Saturday, 03.02.2018

Where: Messe Stuttgart, Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart, Germany

Day ticket: from 30,-€

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THAT WAS 2017!

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An eventful year lies behind us in which we were able to complete several projects and put ourselves to task in assignments and competitions. Some projects we will carry over into the coming year, including the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In cooperation with Marianne Birthler, we are curating the German Pavilion in 2018 under the title “Unbuilding Walls”, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.


We wish you a pleasant end to the year and good luck and success for 2018 – we look forward to the challenges of the New Year!


Many thanks to all our partners and companions who enrich, support and challenge us in our professional lives.

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After 18 months of construction time the Feuerstein Arena at the foot of the Harz Mountains in Schierke will officially open on Friday December 15th and be open to the public from December 16th.


In 2013, GRAFT won the European architecture tendering for the reactivation of the former natural ice stadium and convinced the jury with their unique roof construction, developed in collaboration with schlaich bergermann partner.

The roof structure of 2,700 square meters is anchored in just two points, positioning itself with natural lightness and elegance. The historic stadium area has been transformed into a multifunctional arena becoming a touristic attraction for the area and is available for leisure activities in winter time as well as during the summer months. Two new buildings on the eastern and western side of the stadium host the gastronomic offer and further functional spaces.


The opening begins with a warm welcome by the mayor of Wernigerode Peter Graffert and carries on with three short welcoming speeches of the Minister for Regional Development and Transport in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Thomas Webel, the Minister for Economy, Science and Digitalization in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann as well as of GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg.


The celebrations begin at 3 pm with a light art project followed by some public events like an ice hockey penalty-shot-series, an ice dancing show and an ice disco in the evening.


For further information visit the German webpage https://www.schierker-feuerstein-arena.de/


For more information about the project, please visit http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/ice-stadium-schierke/


(Image by Matthias Bein)

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BRLO BRWHOUSE is part of the exhibition „Berlin – Madrid Public.Space“, which is opening on Wednesday evening, 06.12.2017 at the Chamber of Architects in Berlin.


The exhibition was developed together with the Chamber of Architects Madrid (COAM) and shows 14 selected projects of the public area, which stand as example for the younger urban development of both metropolises.


The head of the Chamber of Architects Berlin Christine Edmaier will open the exhibition together with José Ezquiaga, head of the Chamber of Architects Madrid.


The exhibition takes place within the symposium „Berlin – Madrid: architecture in consultation“, which supports the international debate about the constructed environment and discusses current occupational questions.



When: December, 6th, 2017, 7 pm

Where: Chamber of Architecture Berlin, Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin


Entry free


For further information please visit the German website https://www.ak-berlin.de/nc/baukultur/veranstaltungen/ausstellungseroeffnung-berlin-madrid-public-space.html?event=334

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture for students of the Technical University of Vienna on Tuesday, December 05th 2017. Within the tarp_, The Airport_city Research Project of the University he will give an overview of the recent GRAFT projects.


The lecture takes place at the auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky in the main building.


When: 05.12.2017, 7 pm

Where: TU Vienna, main building, auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky

Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna/ Austria in court 2, staircase 7



For further information visit http://www.raumgestaltung.tuwien.ac.at/nachrichten/graft.html

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz participates at the symposium „Shared Building“ taking place on Monday, December 4th in Berlin. Initiated by the creators of Holzmarkt, the event aims to start a discussion on changes in the utilization of buildings also in terms of future sustainability.

Within this topic area the utilization concept of the project Eckwerk will be also discussed in conversation with Jan Kleihues of Kleihues + Kleihues and further participants.


The Holzmarkt invites planner, architects, developer, politicians and interested parties, to discuss the future of sustainability of building and utilization. Therefor innovative utilization concepts, development approaches, practical examples and legal challenges are being considered.


When: Monday, December 04th, 2017 / 7-9 pm (entry 6.30pm)

Where: Säälchen, Holzmarkt, Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin


For the registration, please send a mail to symposium@holzmarkt.com

For more information about the project Eckwerk, please visit www.eckwerk.com/en

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On Friday, November 24, 2017, the celebrations for the topping-out ceremony of the new office building of Trilux in Cologne took place.

GRAFT designed a modern building, which supports establishing an address as an attractive location by its landmark effect. On four floors both work- and meeting rooms as well as areas for different showrooms and an auditorium are planned. A two-storey reception area is conceived as a prominent shop window and public space. It is both a spacious area for meetings and gatherings as well as a display space at the same time.

The new building is set to be completed in 2018.

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On Monday, the 27th of November 2017, GRAFT architect Annette Finke is giving a lecture at the conference light technique of the OSRAM GmbH in Berlin.

With the title „Healing Architecture – Parametric Spatial Design in intensive care units“ she constitutes the impact of architecture and design during the healing process of patients in intensive care with the GRAFT project of the same name.

Along Annette Finke there will be more guests at the conference, dealing with the leading questions „(How) affects light?“ and „What is light doing?“.

When: November 27th, 2017, lecture by GRAFT architect Annette Finke 2.45 pm

Where: OSRAM GmbH, Nonnendammallee 44, 13629 Berlin


For further information please visit http://www.optecbb.de/aktuelles/dokumente/171127_Flyer_HFK_Lichttechnik_OSRAM_Stand_171025.pdf

For the registration go to http://optecbb.de/lang/de/anmeldung_20171127_hfk_licht.php

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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