GRAFT was established in 1998 in Los Angeles by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. Further offices followed in Berlin in 2001 and Beijing in 2004. Conceived as a studio for architecture, urban planning, design, music and the pursuit of happiness, GRAFT has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects across multiple disciplines and in numerous locations since its establishment.
With the support of GRAFT Travel Grant, Katherine Ball travelled to Berlin this summer to perform public research in a polluted rainwater basin receiving the runoff from the former Tempelhof airport. This basin is the location of Floating University Berlin, an educational experiment that brings together neighborhood residents (including the local mosque, refugee camp, garden colony, and police station) with students and professors from universities across Europe. In this essay, Katherine Ball gives us insights to her concluded research.
The development of a city is inextricably linked to mobility - the movement of people and goods. The combination of zero-emission, low-noise mobility with profound digitalization and AI will have an enormous impact on the development of cities and rural areas, while new mobility concepts are likely to change our understanding of municipal spaces and infrastructures. In an interview with expert Stefan Liske, GRAFT discusses the mobility of the future.