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.
Photos by Mario Heller
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.
The vacant Internationales Congress Centrum (ICC) has been a talking point in Berlin since its closure in 2014. Since then, various parties have publicly voiced their desire for an economically viable restoration of the building and a reactivation of the entire site. A fresh look at the origins of this aluminum colossus shines light on important aspects of Berlin’s recent history. It reveals that the ICC is much more than an architectural icon. Crossing the threshold into its soft interior is to embark on a journey back to an era in which an optimistic vision of the future prevailed.