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 in Berlin.

 

Organized by the lawyer Sabine Usinger, 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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