LETTERS TO THE MAYOR EXHIBITION AT DAZ BERLIN

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Please join us for the exhibition opening of “Letters to the Mayor” at DAZ Berlin, with a contribution by GRAFT.

What ideas, visions and expectations do architects and stakeholders of the city have for Berlin?

As part of a global exhibition project, the DAZ, together with Storefront for Art and Architecture from New York, has invited 100 international architects and city stakeholders to formulate their ideas for a sustainable Berlin worth living in and to address them directly to the government.

These letters with suggestions for a livable, sustainable Berlin will be officially handed over to the Governing Mayor Michael Müller at the opening on November 15, 2019 at DAZ and he will discuss individual letter topics with Matthias Böttger, DAZ.

Opening: Friday, 15 November 2019, 19h00

Exhibition: 16 November 2019 – 2 February 2020, Wed – Sun 3 – 8 pm

More Information: https://bit.ly/2NKplhv

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GRAFT LECTURE IN LISBON

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On the occasion of the Family and Brands Summit 2019 organized by Brands Lab International, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a lecture entitled ‘Global Future Living Trends in Architecture’.

Family and Brands will be a two day event to present projects, Brands and investment opportunities in front of like-minded professionals from real estate, branding, development, investment, architecture and sustainability that will join forces to grow and share different perspectives from different parts of the globe. FAB 2019 will be opened by Portugal’s governmental representatives.

When: November 15, 2019, 14h00

Where: Palacio Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal

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WALL OF OPINIONS EXHIBITION AND TALK

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From November 4th – 10th Berlin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in seven days and seven locations. Among them a GRAFT exhibition and talk.

In 2018, Marianne Birthler and GRAFT founding partners Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz and Lars Krückeberg showed “Unbuilding Walls” in the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The curators used the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to examine the effects of this 28-year-long division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. During the preparations, the journalist and documentary filmmaker Maria Seifert travelled to border walls all over the world. The resulting video installation “Wall of opinions” shows the people she interviewed, and was part of the Venice exhibition.

On the 10th of November there will be a talk accompanying the exhibition. Panelists will be the curators Marianne Birthler together with the GRAFT founding partners Lars Krueckeberg, Thomas Willemeit and Wolfram Putz, interviewed by Maria Seifert.

EXHIBITION

When:

Monday, 4. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tuesday, 5. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, 6. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Thursday, 7. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, 8. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 10. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: Brandenburger Tor, opposite the program pavillon, Berlin

More information: https://bit.ly/2C0RslV

TALK

When: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 18:00 – 19:00 Uhr

Where: Brandenburger Tor, Programmpavillon, Platz des 18. März, Berlin

More information: https://bit.ly/32WVt6E

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GRAFT PANEL IN ROME

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg will be part of a panel alongside Franco Stella, Massimo Alvisi and Luca Montuori at University Roma Tre in Rome.

30 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin remains an open construction site. Architecture has strongly marked the appearance and identity of the city. How has the face of Berlin changed today? Where do we stand with German and European reunification? And above all: what is the Italian contribution to all this?

When: Monday, 4 November 2019, 18h00 – 19h30

Where: Università Roma Tre,  Aula Adalberto Libera in L.go Giovan Battista Marzi, 10, Rome

Free admission – Registration per mail: eventi.architettura@uniroma3.it

Language: Italian

PARTICIPANTS:

Franco Stella, Architect (Architect of the reconstruction of the Berlin Imperial Castle as “Humboldt-Forum”)

Lars Krückeberg, Architect (Visiting professor at Roma Tre University, Villa Massimo Scholar 2018/19)

Massimo Alvisi, Architect (Founder of Alvisi Kirimoto and G124 tutor)

Luca Montuori, Councilor for Urban Planning of the Municipality of Rome

GREETINGS: Prof. Luca Pietromarchi, Rector of the University of Roma Tre; Prof. Giovanni Longobardi, Director of the Department of Architecture

MODERATION: Francesca Sforza, La Stampa

CONCLUSIONS: Viktor Elbling, Ambassador of Germany in Italy

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SOCIAL DESIGN LECTURE AND PANEL TALK

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a talk and take part in a panel discussion at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe is currently showing the traveling exhibition SOCIAL DESIGN that presents 25 international projects in the fields of urban space and landscape, housing/education/work, production, migration, networks, and the environment. Among them is also GRAFT’s Solarkiosk, an adaptable off-grid power supply solution. Find more Information the SOLARKIOSK in our online portfolio. The event is hosted by Friedrich von Börries.

Exhibition tour

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5pm – 6pm
Where: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.

Panel Talk

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Foyer of HFBK, Hamburg, Germany

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GRAFT WINS GERMAN RESIDENTIAL AWARD

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Our housing project PARAGON APARTMENTS was awarded with a first prize last week. The Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau is the first German client award in the typology of multi-storey apartment buildings. Official supporters include the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the biggest European trade fair for real estate and investment Expo Real and the architecture magazine Baumeister. We are very honored and thankful for this recognition!

 

The jury included Cornelia Dörries, architecture journalist und author, Isa Fahrenholz, journalist for the architecture magazine Baumeister, Reiner Nagel, chairman of Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Ulrich Nolting, CEO of InformationsZentrum Beton, Amandus Sattler, Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Josef Schmid, Member of the regional comitee housing, construction and infrastructure, as well as Prof. Sophie Wolfrum, professor at TU Munich.

 

Find out more information on the project in our online portfolio.

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT FUTURE FORUM BY BMW WELT

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a talk on the occasion of the launch of the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt, a platform which illuminates different facets of the future, inviting visionaries and experts from various industries and disciplines to take visitors on their journey into the cities of the future in exciting formats. His keynote “Futopolis. Dissolving Borders” describes future urban developments that challenge the relationships between people and nature, infrastructure and the public and private sphere. The Keynote will be followed by a panel talk on the topic of “Mobility in the City of the Future” with speakers Dr. Ayesha Khanna (CEO and Co-Founder ADDO AI Singapore), Martina Starke (Director Munich Studio Designworks), Antony Douglas (Head of Customer & Communications BMW Group Mobility Services Strategy) and Thomas Willemeit.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7pm
Where: BMW Welt, Munich, Germany
Watch the livestream on Instagram or Facebook.

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GRAFT AT EXPO REAL

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Meet us at this year’s Expo Real on 7th – 8th October 2019!

As a special highlight, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote on future work environments demonstrated by latest GRAFT projects.

When: Monday, 7th of October, 11am

Where: Expo Real Munich, TLG Immobilien / Hall 3, Booth 111

More >> http://www.tlg.de

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14TH GERMAN ARCHITECTURE DAY

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GRAFT Founding Partner will participate in two panels at this year’s German Architects’ Days with the overarching topic “Relevance – Shaping Spaces”.

10:55 – 12:10h / Room 4:

Panel discussion: ‘Economy – Falling down, getting up, carrying on – The rocky road to success abroad’

Participants: Jette Cathrin Hopp (Snøhetta), Prof. Roland Dieterle (Spacial Solutions), Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT Founding Partner)

16:00 – 17:00h / Room 1:

Panel discussion: ‘Occupational Policy – Development and Partnership – What is International Assistance?’

Participants: Anna Heringer (Architect), András Szekér (Project Lead Habitat for Humanity), Michael Grausam (humantektur), Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT Founding Partner)

When: Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:45 am
Where: bbc Berlin Congress Center

More informationen >> https://bit.ly/2nw2NX7

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GRAFT KEYNOTE IN LEIPZIG

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On the occasion of Heinze Symbosien GRAFT Founding Partner Lars Krückeberg will give a keynote entitled ‘Dream. Design. Deliver’. It will be on the notion of ‘skin’ in architecture, exemplified by current GRAFT projects.

When: September 24, 2019, 2:30 pm

Where: Heinze Architektur Symbosien, Täubchenthal, Wachsmuthstr. 1, 04229 Leipzig

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GRAFT ANNIVERSARY

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This year marks the 18th anniversary of our Berlin office, exactly 21 years after founding the company in Los Angeles!

To express our gratitude towards all supporters along our “Coming of Age” journey, thriving on three continents, we invited to a jubilee celebration at Berlin’s Holzmarkt last weekend.

Special thanks go to Michael Müller (Governing Mayor of Berlin) for the welcoming speech, BRLO for GRAFT Anniversary beer, the amazing crew of Holzmarkt, Katerschmaus and Säälchen, Sonja Alhäuser for creating an extra-special Anniversary ice-cream sculpture, Frank Duske for an outstanding live performance by Kat Koan and every single person wo helped us celebrate this magical night!

Photo (c) Marie Wonka

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT IFA 2019

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On the occasion of the conference ‘Shift Automotive’ at IFA 2019, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture entitled “Changing parameters: the future of mobility“. The overarching topic of this year’s conference is “The Digital Revolution in Mobility – Future Needs, Innovations and Visions”.

Sharing models for cars or jobs are part of a new urbanity that requires innovations in mobility and blurs old boundaries. The city and its periphery are converging, and distances within the city will become increasingly shorter in the future. The physical and mental mobility of society is growing, and with it the field of activity of architects.

In our studios, we are currently not only concerned with building design, but also with mobility concepts for the near and distant future. For some years now, GRAFT has been working with leading providers in the field of electromobility and developing concepts at the interface between architecture and mobility.

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 4:15 pm
Where: IFA, Messe Berlin

More informationen >> https://bit.ly/323xFgy

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ICE-STADION SCHIERKE WAS AWARDED WINNER AT ICONIC AWARDS 2019

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We are proud to announce that our project ICE-STADION SCHIERKE was honored „Winner“ at this year’s ICONIC AWARDS in the category „Innovative Architecture“. ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture, established by the German Design Council, is the first independent international architecture and design competition to take into account the interplay between the various disciplines. The focus of the award is on holistic production and interaction between the trades in the context of architecture.

 

Learn more about ICE-STADION SCHIERKE in our portfolio.

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT HITZACKER SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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GRAFT Founding Partner Thomas Willemeit, alongside Marianne Birthler, will give a lecture on UNBUILDING WALLS and the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon at Hitzacker Summer Music Festival; Germany’s oldest chamber music festival:

When: Saturday, August 8, 2:30pm
Where: VERDO Concert Hall, Dr.-Helmut-Meyer-Weg 1, 29456 Hitzacker

More information >> https://bit.ly/2Zq8ynm

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GRAFT PANEL: LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT DEMANIO MARITTIMO KM 278

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On July 19th 2019, for the ninth year in a row, architecture, arts and design will be celebrated at km 278 of the Adriatic coast, on Marzocca beach (Senigallia). This year’s main theme is Eurotopia, interpreted both as the last “possible utopia” and as a space for representation and for social, cultural and professional development. GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will participate in a panel on Biennale 2019 with the title “May we stand on interesting beaches”.

 

When: July 19th, 1pm
Where: Marzocca Beach, Senigallia, Italy

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OPEN STUDIOS AT VILLA MASSIMO: FINAL CELEBRATION AND EXHIBITION

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg was selected as one of nine scholarship holders of the German Academy Villa Massimo Rome. The scholarship holders, who started their jobs in September 2018, belong to the elite of German artists and creatives. The residency enables composers, writers, architects and visual artists to find inspiration and new artistic orientation. Visitors of the final celebration had the chance to visit his studio and exhibition on Solstice, Equinox, Meridian and the Equation of time. 

We cordially congratulate Lars to his successful exhibition!

For more information about Villa Massimo and the other scholarship holders, please visit: www.villamassimo.de

Exhibition text (available in German and italian only)

Relativer  Kosmos – fragmentierter Oikos

RaumZeitCollage

Die Menschen haben schon immer nach oben geschaut, um aus den vermeintlichen himmlischen Gesetzen von Bewegung im Weltraum (dem Kosmos) ihren Lebensraum (den Oikos) zu ordnen. Augustus ließ auf dem Campo Marzio eine gewaltige Sonnenuhr als urbanes Konzept planen, um aus den ewigen Regeln der Sonnenbahnen die Legitimation seiner Regentschaft und der Pax Romana für die bekannte Welt abzuleiten. Sonnenuhren funktionieren immer nur lokal und durch die Ekliptik der Erdbewegung und dem Phänomen der Zeitgleiche läuft die wahre Zeit schneller oder langsamer als unsere Uhren im Jahr: unsere Zeit und damit unser Raum ist relativ.

 Dieses Raumzeit-Phänomen wird durch die Installation eines katoptrischen Meridianes – also durch einen Gnomonspiegel reflektierend – und seiner Zeitgleichenabweichung deutlich gemacht. Ein Meridian beschreibt die genaue Achse zwischen Norden und Süden und verankert den Sonnendurchgang aller Tage des Jahres exakt auf sich. Die Raumfigur der Zeitgleiche allerdings zeigt die wahre Bewegung der Erde, die sich je nach Nähe zur Sonne mal schneller oder langsamer dreht und damit die Länge unserer Minuten, Stunden und Tage verändert: die Abweichung der Raumzeit von der globalen Konvention einheitlicher Tage, das Relativieren von vermeintlich ewigen Ordnungsprinzipien, wird so räumlich anschaulich und begreifbar.

Die Wahrheit von Zeit und Raum ist eine Frage der Perspektive.

Ästhetischer ReKonstruktivismus

Die Geschichte der Architektur oszilliert ebenfalls zwischen der Suche nach gültigen Regeln und der Sehnsucht nach künstlerischer Freiheit. Gerade Rom in seiner fragmentierten Ästhetik eines vierdimensionalen Palimpsests fordert bis heute eine persönliche Standortbestimmung zwischen der Regelhaftigkeit eines Winckelmann mit seinem Gebot der Nachahmung idealer Formen und der radikalen Freiheit eines Piranesi, der virtuos das Zerbrochene in einer eigenen Wahrheit neu formiert. In einer zunehmend fraktalen Welt und Gesellschaft fasziniert auch heute der Versuch das vermeintlich Unpassende, Fremde, ja Gegensätzliche im Dienste einer Synthese zu neuer Gestalt und möglichen Wahrheit zu ordnen. So mögen neue, komplexere und adaptierfähige Regeln entstehen um unsere dynamische Gesellschaft, unseren Oikos immer wieder neu zu ordnen.

Works on show:

  • Katoptrischer Meridian 2018/2019
  • Architektonisches Kaleidoskop 2018/2019
  • Rom Model 2018/2019
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DAY OF ARCHITECTURE 2019 IN COLOGNE

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On the occasion of Architecture Days 2019 in Cologne GRAFT Project Lead Sara Gómez will give three guided tours at one of our recently completed projects ‘TRILUX Light Campus’.

The design of the cubic structure is heavily inspired by the client’s craft: light, refraction and reflections are mirrored throughout the building’s architecture. A continuous, staggered glass façade creates another mirror figure depending on the viewer’s perspective. The building houses office and exhibition areas as well as communication zones.

When: Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Guided Tours: 12:00, 16:00, 18:00

Where: TRILUX Light Campus, Mathias-Brüggen-Straße 75, 50829 Cologne-Ossendorf

Meeting Point: Reception Hall

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2EMd3QT

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GRAFT DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL RETAIL BRAND PRESENCE FOR MERCEDES-BENZ

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The world’s first retail outlets with Mercedes-Benz’s new brand identity can already be seen in car dealerships in Hong Kong, Beijing, Budapest and Istanbul. For three years, GRAFT has been working on concept development and engineering creating design guidelines and planning tools that will be implemented at sales and service locations around the world. The planning catalogue ranges from specifications for the facade and roof design to the interior design of customer contact areas, including media integration and furniture design.

Together with the creative agency TRIAD from Berlin, GRAFT won a two-stage competition against renowned international competitors. The concept of a new, seamless customer experience with modular “touchpoints”, developed in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and TRIAD, responds to changing offline and online customer expectations. With the goal of developing a customer-oriented retail experience, GRAFT’s striking architecture and high-quality interior design creates flowing transitions from inside to outside.

Link to project page: https://bit.ly/2KYrkhh

Photo Credit: © Hiepler Brunier

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GRAFT LECTURE IN MUNICH

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Heinze regularly organises lecture days in order to foster in-depth dialogue between players of the building sector – from planning over science to economy ­– thereby promoting innovation and progress in the construction sector.

This year’s anniversary marks the highlight of the Heinze ArchitekTOUR, where architects and planners in eight German cities were invited to one-day lectures. As part of this, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture entitled “At Home on Three Continents”.

When: June 6, 2019, 7:00 pm

Where: Showpalast München, Hans-Jensen-Weg 3, 80939 Munich

More information: https://bit.ly/2WAgmpp

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GRAFT LECTURE AT LUXURY BUSINESS DAY IN MUNICH

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On the occasion of Luxury Business Day in Munich GRAFT Partner Georg Schmidthals will hold a keynote entitled “Architecture Matters” in which he will talk about the future in architecture and urban design based on current GRAFT projects , from classic planning for residential buildings, over hotels, health care industry to commercial and cultural buildings, as well as self-initiated and socially sustainable projects.

When: Thursday, 6 June 2019, 12:30 pm

Where: EY, Arnulfstraße 59,  80636 Munich

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2Msq7B9

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG IN CONVERSATION WITH ANGELO CAPASSO IN ROME

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Save the Date: On the 31st of May, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will be part of a panel discussion with Angelo Capasso, author of ‘NATURANS – Landscapes in contemporary art.’ The book analyses the meaning of “landscapes” in the history of art – from the second half of the nineteenth century up to the present day and comes down to propose a possible answer to the oldest question: “What Is Art?”:

When: Friday, 31 May 2019, 5.30 pm

Where: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

More information: https://bit.ly/2W7RsMv

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GRAFT LECTURE AT NABEK IN BERLIN

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On the ocassion of the event “Architecture and Energy” organized by NaBEK (Sustainable construction in development cooperation and disaster relief) GRAFT Senior Project Lead Sebastian Massmann will give a lecture on SOLARKIOSK, in which he will share his experience as Technical Director in the design process, development and construction of the energy-autonomous sales kiosk.

With SOLARKIOSK, GRAFT and Andreas Spiess have built an infrastructure instrument that can create an impact from the bottom up, cooperating directly with local people and developing their community.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019

Where: Centre Francais, Berlin

More Informationen: https://bit.ly/2QDZt70

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR VOLOCOPTER

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Skyports and Volocopter announced a cooperation to build the first mobile Volo-Port for air taxis. UK-based global vertiport owner and operator Skyports and air taxi pioneer Volocopter unveiled plans for the Volo-Port – the physical landing pads for so-called eVTOL (electric take-off and landing). Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed later this year. The partners plan to build it in Singapore for the scheduled public flight trials in the second half of 2019. A full-scale Volocopter vehicle is on display at the GreenTech Festival.

 

Ground-based vertiport infrastructure is critical to the success of future urban air mobility (UAM), including air taxi operations in congested cities.

Vertiports are the only physical infrastructure required for air taxis to commence operations in cities in the near future. Volo-Ports are designed to provide passengers with a seamless air taxi experience that is safe, secure, and relaxing.

 

In cooperation with GRAFT Architects and Arup, Berlin agency GRAFT Brandlab won the Volocopter international tender to produce the Volo-Port design.

 

Link to project page: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/air-taxi-volo-port/

 

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KEYNOTE AT THE 25TH BRILLUX ARCHITECT’S FORUM IN BERLIN

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On the occasion of the 25th Brillux Architect’s Forum GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote entitled “Moderne sucht Heimat”. Over the years, Brillux Architect’s Forum became an industry platform for dialogue and exchange, taking place in different locations each year. This year’s event focuses on the topic “Between convention and vision: impulses for the future of building”.

When: Monday, May 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

Where:  Gasometer Berlin, EUREF-Campus 18, 10829 Berlin

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2wrb2Fl

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GRAFT LECTURE AT TRILUX PARTNER SUMMIT COLOGNE

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On the occasion of the TRILUX Partner Summit, GRAFT partner Sven Fuchs will give a lecture on “Light in harmony with architecture” in which he will, among other things, report on how visions shape thinking and acting at GRAFT. Trilux Light Campus is a prime example of how a vision became reality and how innovative spatial concepts emerge when light is in harmony with architecture.

When: Friday, 10 May 2019

Where: Trilux Light Campus, Cologne

More information: https://bit.ly/2W7RsMv

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GRAFT LECTURE AT QUADRIGA UNIVERSITY BERLIN

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GRAFT Director of Communications, Nora Zerelli has been responsible for the campaign of “Unbuilding Walls”, the German Biennale contribution 2018 curated by GRAFT and Marianne Birthler. On the 17th of May, she will give a lecture at Quadriga University focusing on the exhibition concept, the communication strategy as well as her experience as Project Lead.


When: 17 May 2019, 2 pm

Where: Quadriga University, Berlin

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GRAFT LECTURE AT AEDES METROPOLITAN LABORATORY IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will giva a keynote on sketching in times of digital transformation. The keynote entitled “Crossmedia Sketching” deals with artistic and technical possibilities in the form finding process and gives an outlook on innovations in this field.


When: Friday, May 10, 9:15
Where: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstrasse 18-19, 10119 Berlin

more information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2WxQVk9

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE FUTURE MOBILITY SUMMIT IN BERLIN

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On the occasion of the Future Mobility Summit in Berlin, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will hold a keynote entitled ‘Future Spaces for Mobility’. The keynote will cover topics of urban development in times of transforming transportation and a new urbanity.

When: April 8, 2019, 5:30 pm

Where: Gasometer, Berlin

More information on the event can be found on >> https://bit.ly/2H72RV0

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE ARCH + DSGN SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

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GRAFT partner Sven Fuchs will give a lecture on April 5 at the ARCH + DSGN Summit in Istanbul. The keynote entitled ‘Less is Future’ will be about the big questions of our time and how they can be addressed by architects and designers.  Special focus will be on the chances of new technologies such as Virtual- and Augmented Reality and GRAFT’s related projects SOLARKIOSK or Parametric (Dream) Room Design.

 

When: April 5, 2019, 5 pm

Where: ARCH + DSGN SUMMIT, Istanbul, Turkey

More information on the event can be found on >> https://bit.ly/2WGTEr6

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DESIGN COMPETITION „BEYOND BAUHAUS – PROTOTYPING THE FUTURE“ IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

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To mark the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus design school, the ‘beyond bauhaus’ competition is calling visionary designers from across the world to contribute concepts and prototypes which address relevant social issues, and aim to make the world a healthier, fairer, more sustainable and better place. GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will be part of the Jury.

 

Apply until March 31st for a chance to travel to Berlin at the organizers’ expense and to present your project in an exhibition in Germany’s design capital this summer: www.beyondbauhaus.com

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2019

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At in:situ, The New Zealand Institute of Architects​ Conference 2019, 11 accomplished international architects will visit Auckland to share insights about their work and the contemporary practice of architecture.

GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will speak at the conference alongside Reinier de Graaf, Ma Yansong and Sadie Morgan! His keynote takes place on February 14, 3:45-5:00pm at Spark Arena​ in Auckland, New Zealand​. At the end of his presentation there will be a question session facilitated by Christopher Hawthorne, the chief design officer of Los Angeles.

 

When: February 14, 3 pm
Where: New Zealand Architecture Conference, Spark Arena, Auckland, NZ
For more information please visit >> https://www.insitu.nzia.co.nz/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT KNAUF ARCHITEC IN STUTTGART

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will hold a lecture on January 30 at Knauf Architec in Stuttgart’s Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. The lecture entitled “Homeland and Identity, Departure and Experiment – What will shape architecture and urban planning in the future.” deals, among other things, with the effects of the advancing digitization in urban planning.

 

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 4:00 pm
Where: Knauf Business Days Architec, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart.
More information about the event can be found here: www.knauf-werktage.de/de/knauf-architec/

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JURY ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE UNBUILDING WALL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

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The jury committee selected two winners from numerous applications from over ten countries for this year’s UMBUILDING WALLS Travel Grant on January 14. We congratulate Antonio Giráldez López with “MORE THAN WALLS” and Brooke Adams with “UNBUILDING HERE” to their convincing proposals and wish them much joy and success in the realization within the coming months. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about the projects as they unfold.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a proposal and helped make the first UNBUILDING WALLS travel fellowship a success.

 

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GRAND OPENING OF TRILUX HEADQUARTER IN COLOGNE

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Today we celebrate the completion and opening of the latest GRAFT project, the new headquarters of the German lighting company TRILUX in Cologne. The design of the rectangular building is strongly inspired by the client’s craft: light, refraction and reflections. The innovative Smart Workingscapes provide the optimal balance between spaces for privacy and communication.

 

Find out more about the project in our online portfolio.

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EXHIBITION TALK “THE SOLARKIOSK AS SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE” IN ZURICH

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As part of the “Social Design” exhibition at the Museum fuer Gestaltung in Zurich, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will talk to curator Angeli Sachs about the SOLARKIOSK as a social infrastructure instrument and the development of the project.

 

When: January 16, 6 pm
Where: Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Toni-Areal, Zurich
For more information please visit https://museum-gestaltung.ch/de/events/der-solarkiosk-als-soziale-infrastruktur/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE “UNBUILDING WALLS” AT UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES KOBLENZ

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture about GRAFT and the Biennale exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS at the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. The keynote is part of the lecture series ‘Profile der Architektur’.

 

When: January 16, 7 pm
Where: University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus, Koblenz Karthause, Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1, 56075 Koblenz

For more information please visit https://www.hs-koblenz.de/architektur/die-fachrichtung/

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GRAFT LECTURE „DREAM, DESIGN, DELIVER“ AT THE KARLSRUHER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOY (KIT)

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Thomas Willemeit founding partner of GRAFT will give a lecture under the title “Dream, Design, Deliver” to students and interested guests in Karlsruhe on 28th of November 2018 in the context of the University´s lecture series Reality Check #4.

The lecture will focus on the professional background of GRAFT, on its aim to combine contrary approaches and on unconventional projects in the field of “Architecture Activism”.

 

When: Wednesday, 28th of November 2018, 7 pm

Where: Egon Eiermann Lecture Hall, KIT Karlsruhe

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GRAFT AWARDS PRIZE AT DESIGN COMPETITION WANNENRAUM

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will present an award on Friday, November 19, at the “Wunder. Wonda. Wannenraum” design competition. The requirement for the participants was to choose a marble block on site, from which they should then design their interpretation of a tub space. A total of eleven architectural firms took part in the competition.

 

When: November 16th, 6:00 pm

Where: Breitwieser, Hochäckerstraße 11, A-3430 Tulln

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GRAFT LECTURE “UNBUILDING WALLS – DEALING WITH THE LAST OPEN SPACES OF BERLIN”

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote on Tuesday, November 27 at 6 pm for the Architekturpreis Berlin e.V.. The event is organized together with the commercial law firm ZIRNGIBL, the FUNK Gruppe and BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH. In his lecture “UNBUILDING WALLS – Dealing with the last Open Spaces of Berlin” Wolfram Putz will speak about the contribution to the 16th Architecture Biennial by GRAFT and Marianne Birthler.

 

When: 27th November 2018, 6:00pm

Where: KutscherHaus am Kurfürstendamm 50a / George-Grosz-Platz.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE IN ITALY

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a lecture at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy on Friday, 16th of November. The lecture deals with the development of the curatorial concept for the German Pavillion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, which was created together with Marianne Birthler and ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM as a possible attitude for architects.

 

When: November 16, 10:45 am

Where: Aula Musmeci, Dipartimento di Architettura, Via Aldo Manuzio, 68L, Roma (ex Mattatoio)

For more information please go to >> http://architettura.uniroma3.it/?eventi=conferenza-di-lars-kruckeberg

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GRAFT DINNER SPEECH AT KFW-BAK ENERGY CONGRESS

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is giving a dinner speech on Wednesday, October 24, at the Energy Congress organized by the Federal Chamber of German Architects and the KfW bank. The speech covers possibilities of reducing grey energy in the planning and construction process. The aim of the Congress is to provide a new outlook on how the building sector can support the energy turnaround.

 

When: Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Where: KfW Bank, Berlin

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SCIENTIFIC STUDY CONFIRMS POSITIVE EFFECTS OF GRAFT ICU ROOM ARCHITECTURE ON HEALING PROCESS

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In 2013 GRAFT teamed up with healthcare professionals of Charité Berlin to examine and improve the Intense Care Unit rooms and help patients heal better. Today we are proud to share with you the positive outcome of our research and design:
The delirium rate of patients treated in the ICU rooms designed and planned by GRAFT was significantly lower (46%) compared to the patients treated in the standard rooms (76%).

 

Read more about our evidence-based design in the abstract of the official medical paper here: https://bit.ly/2AjdiRy

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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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INTERNATIONAL BAUKULTUR SYMPOSIUM VENICE

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will lead a delegation of 60 participants of the International Baukultur Symposium through the German pavilion on the 28th of June. He will explain the exhibition concept of UNBUILDING WALLS, the German contribution to the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The International Baukultur Symposium “Building Bridges” will take place in Venice from 26th of June to 28th of June 2018. During the three-day program the Federal Foundation for Building Culture invites to various lectures and symposia on the cultural development of the building landscape.

The exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS reacts to current debates about nations, protectionism and demarcation. This year Germany is reunited for 28 years – as long as the inner German Wall existed. With reference to this parallel, the effects of division and the process of healing are examined as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.

 

When: June 26th-28th 2018, UNBUILDING WALLS on June 28th 2018, 12.30 pm

Where: German Pavilion, Giardini Biennale di Venezia

 

For more information about the program, please visit the German website https://www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de/en/network/international-network-meetings/international-baukultur-symposium-0

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GERMAN PAVILION AT ZENTRUM FUER BAUKULTUR

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“Walls are temporary structures. Our exhibition asks the question: What happens after a wall comes down? Even if it disappears completely, it usually leaves behind very unusual spaces.”

On June 26, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg gives a lecture in the Zentrum fuer Baukultur of the State of Saxony and discusses the topic of the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, shown at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. GRAFT is curating this year’s German Pavilion together with civil rights activist and politician Marianne Birthler.

The lecture is part of the program “Semper, Selbermachen und andere Stichworte zur Baukultur”.

When: June 13th-30th 2018, UNBUILDING WALLS on June 26, 2018, 6pm

Where: ZfBK – Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen, Schlossstrasse 2, Dresden

Free entry

For more information about the program, please visit the German website http://www.zfbk.de/portfolio/unbuilding-walls/

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TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR 2018

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This weekend, on June 23th and 24th the Tag der Architektur 2018 (Day of Architecture 2018) takes place according to the motto “Architecture stays!”. All over Germany, architects open their offices and offer guiding tours through their built projects.

 

GRAFT offers guided tours through the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART in Berlin and the Schierker Feuerstein-Arena Saxony-Anhalt. The respective project leaders offer guided tours through the buildings for interested visitors and present a unique insight into the design idea.

 

 

Berlin

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin
Open tours on at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Meeting point: Zietenstraße in front of the museum

 

Saxony-Anhalt

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

Feuerstein Arena, Am Winterbergtor 2, 38879 Wernigerode
Open tours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

 

We are looking forward to your visit!

 

You can have a look at the program of the Tag der Architektur 2018 with all open projects and tours around Germany on the following homepage:

http://www.tag-der-architektur.de/

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MAKE CITY 2018 STUDIO TALK: UNBUILDING WALLS

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On Wednesday, June 20th 2018 GRAFT will host a Studio Talk about “Unbuilding Walls”, the German contribution to the 16th international architecture Exhibition in Venice 2018 as a part of the Make City Festival at their office in Berlin.

 

With the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit together with Marianne Birthler, respond to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.

 

In that context chosen projects will be presented to portrait the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon and focuses on architectural projects in the former death strip. Among them is the Berlin Wall Memorial, which counts to the few places, where the original structures are mostly preserved.

 

The event is subject to registration!

 

Please register at pr@graftlab.com

 

When: June, 20th 2018, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Heidestraße 50
10557 Berlin

 

For more information about the Make City Festival and registration for the event please visit the website:
http://makecity.berlin/en/

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UNBUILDING WALLS AT THE CONFERENCE „FORMER EUROPEAN BORDER AND THE GREEN BELT”

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On Sunday, June 17th 2018, the conference „Former European border and the green belt. Networks and opportunities of cooperation in a European border area” takes place at the visitor center of the Berlin Wall Memorial.

 

GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit and Marianne Birthler, who are among the curators of the German pavilion at this year’s architectural exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, will give a lecture about the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”.

 

“Unbuilding Walls” explores the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon and focuses on architectural projects in the former death strip. Among them is the Berlin Wall Memorial, which counts to the few places, where the original structures are mostly preserved.

 

The conference is organized by the German National Committee of ICOMOS e.V., IUCN, the Berlin Wall foundation, the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, the BUND, the state office of Brandenburg for preservation of monuments and the archaeological state museum.

 

When: June 17th-19th 2018, Unbuilding Walls on June 17th 2018, 8 pm

Where: Berlin Wall Memorial – visitor centre

Bernauer Straße 119

13355 Berlin

 

For more information about the program, please visit the German website https://sharingheritage.de/veranstaltungen/konferenz-iron-curtain-and-green-belt-das-erbe-des-eisernen-vorhangs-2-2/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE IMMOEBS REAL ESTATE FORUM 2018

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On Friday, June 15th 2018, this year’s Real Estate forum by the IMMOEBS e.V. takes place with the theme “CROSS INNOVATION”.

 

Within the event, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a lecture “Heimat and Identity, Start and Experiment – What will shape architecture and urban planning in the future”. Therefore he talks about the developments of cities and their physical as well as digital spaces, and themes like mobility and connectivity, which will get more important for future building, and present different forward-looking projects by GRAFT.

 

The aim of the Real Estate forum is to inform and support companies with the help of experts of science and practice about the opportunity of integrating the potentials of other industries.

 

When: Friday, June 15th 2018

Where: Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Römerberg 9, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

 

For more information about the event, please visit the German website https://www.my-immoebs.de/cms.260/show/immobilienforum

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ROMA ARCHITECTURE DAY

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gives a lecture on 14th of June 2018 at the ROMA architecture day in Burgau.

 

With his theme “Living Spaces – Living Communities” he thematises the developments relating to population growth in the cities and the consequences for land utilization, the compression of living space and architectural concepts. Thereby he presents different solutions of GRAFT, which corresponded to this development.

 

ROMA is one of the leading brands for sun protection systems with high standard to functionality, aesthetics and durability. Besides GRAFT, there are four more architecture offices, which introduce their ideas and works and discuss the theme.

 

When: June 14th 2018, 3pm

Where: ROMA Forum, Industriestraße 38, 89331 Burgau

 

For further information about the event and registration, please visit the German website http://at.roma-campus.de/

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT DEUTSCHER IMMOBILIENTAG 2018

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On Thursday June 14th 2018, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a lecture at the German Real Estate Day 2018 in Hamburg.

Within his lecture “Unlimited Thinking, Creating Spaces” he is talking about future architecture regarding energy intelligence, digitalization and mobility and how architecture increase the quality of our living spaces. Thereby he presents several projects of GRAFT.

 

For two days (14th and 15th of June) the German Real Estate Day in Hamburg, Germany, opens with this year’s theme “Gate to the Future” to a wide audience and connects expertise with networking. Numerous real estate experts will inform and discuss current themes of this industry within an extensive program.

The congress will be opened by the president of the real estate association (IVD) Jürgen Michael Schick. The program on the 14th of June will be moderated by Marco Seiffert (moderator at radioeins and rbb).

 

When: June 14th 2018, 2:00 pm

Where: Schuppen 52, Australiastraße 52, 20457 Hamburg

 

The participation is for free. For further information about the program and the registration, please visit the following German website: https://deutscher-immobilientag.de/programm/donnerstag/

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT THE FIANDRE ARCHITECTURAL SURFACES

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As part of the curating team of the German contribution to the current La Biennale di Venezia, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a talk at the event of Fiandre Architectural Surfaces in Berlin on Wednesday, June 13th.

 

The event will be opened by Dr. Stefano Luconi (Iris Ceramica Group), which offers impressions of the 16th international architectural exhibition in Venice and a panel to discuss this year’s Biennale theme “FREESPACE”.

 

Therefor Lars Krückeberg presents the theme “Unbuilding Walls” of the German pavilion, which is curated by GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler. He explains the role of architecture within the healing process of the former German division.

With the theme of the Italian pavilion “ARCIPELAGO ITALIA. Projects for the future of the inner territories of the country” the curator Mario Cucinella (MCA) connects “FREESPACE” with the revitalization of the rural areas of Italy.

Christine Edmaier (president of the chamber of architects) analyses and explains the view of GRAFT and Marianne Birthler regarding the Biennale theme.

 

Following the panel there is the opportunity to get in touch with the speakers and the participants at a get-together afterwards.

 

When: Wednesday,  June 13th 2018, 6:30 pm

Where: FAB Architectural Bureau

At the Sarotti-Höfe/ Mehringdamm 55, 10961 Berlin, Court 3, Entry D

 

For further information about the event, please visit http://www.fab-architectural.com/events/berlin/event-22-berlin/186

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UNBUILDING WALLS AT THE GROHE DIALOGUES

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The curators of the German pavilion at this years La Biennale di Venezia, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit together with Marianne Birthler, will be presenting their Biennale contribution at the “Grohe Dialogues” in the Kabbalah Centre Berlin on Thursday June 07th 2018 .

The curating team will introduce their exhibition  “Unbuilding Walls – From Death Strip to Freespace” and discuss interfaces, which are significant for the development of culture and the life together.

 

As partner of the exhibition, the “GROHE Deutschland Vertriebs GmbH” organizes the GROHE Dialogues 2018 with the topic “Trends, Theses and Typologies” , which will be moderated by the director of the S AM Swiss Architecture museum Andreas Ruby and Sabine Gotthardt (Director Business Development, Architecture & Real Estate, Central and West Europe).

 

When: Thursday, 07th June 2018, entry 6:45 pm, beginning 7:30 pm

Where: The Kabbalah Centre, Hauptstraße 27, 10827 Berlin – Entrance E, 4th floor

 

For more information about the event and the registration, please visit the German website https://www.grohe-dialoge.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=18383085

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BLACKROCK REAL ESTATE OFFSITE

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On Thursday, June 07th 2018, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg presents a lecture about the future of architecture and urban planning at an event of BlackRock in London, who is one of the leading suppliers of investment management, risk management and consulting services for institutional and private clients.

Within his lecture “Future of Architecture”, Lars Krückeberg will talk about trends and developments in the industry and present several projects of GRAFT.

 

When: Thursday, 07th June 2018, 10 am

Where: Drapers Gardens, London EC2N 2DL, United Kingdom

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SHOW PALACE MUNICH WINS AN IDA DESIGN AWARD

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In the 11th edition of the annualy international Design Awards (IDA) GRAFTs project “Show Palace Munich” has won Gold in the category Architectural Designs. The official award ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 22 to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design.

 

IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide that is conceptualizing and producing great work. Farmani Group assembled IDA in 2007 which has now become one of the leading Design Awards in America, awarding and promoting hundreds of designers each year.

 

For further information and the full winner list please visit: www.idesignawards.com

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LECTURE “UNBUILDING WALLS” AT THE BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITY WEIMAR

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As part of the curating team, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will report about the German contribution to this year’s international architecture exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in the context of the seminar “Freespace” on Thursday, May 31st 2018 in Weimar. The seminar is part of the lectures theory and history of modern architecture in the professor ship architecture and urbanism at the Bauhaus university in Weimar. Besides the explanation of the design context, he will also touch upon the content and production of the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”.

 

Free admission to the public lecture.

 

When: Thursday, 31.May.2018, 7 pm
Where: Oberlichtsaal, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8
99423 Weimar

 

For further information please visit:
https://www.uni-weimar.de/en/architecture-and-urbanism/news/news/titel/unbuilding-walls-vortrag-von-lars-krueckeberg-buero-graft-zum-deutschen-pavillon-auf-der-diesjaehr/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail

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ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE VENICE – OPENING OF “UNBUILDING WALLS”

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The official opening of the German Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia takes place this Friday, May 25th at 12.30 pm. With their exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS“, the curators Marianne Birthler, and Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT examine the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon:

For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

The exhibition responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will take the parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. With reference to “Freespace,” the central theme of the Architecture Biennale proposed by Grafton Architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration.

By analyzing architectural projects on the former border strip, the question of what happened on this unprecedented void in the middle of a new capital will be examined. The heterogeneity of the multitude of approaches, typologies, protago­nists, and results show the breadth of architectural debates and solutions. Taking the experience of the inner-German Wall as a starting point, the exhibition will also examine historical as well as current barriers, fences and walls beyond Germany’s specific national perspective. In the course of the preparations for Unbuilding Walls a journalist team travelled to border walls around the world. This work will be shown at the German Pavilion as well.

 

EVENTS FRIDAY, MAY 25TH 2018

 

11 am
Press Conference, German Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, 30122 Venedig

Speakers:
Secretary of State Gunther Adler
Curators of the German Pavilion Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit

 

12:30 pm
Opening German Pavilion,  Giardini della Biennale, 30122 Venedig

Speakers:
Secretary of State Gunther Adler
President of the German Bundesrat Michael Müller
Curators of the German Pavilion Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit

 

Please visit www.unbuildingwalls.de for further information on the exhibition and press material.

 

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition 2018 is open from May 26th until November 25th at the Giardini and Arsenale as well as further places in Venice/ Italy.

Official Biennale website for further information: http://www.labiennale.org/

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VILLA M WINS THE GERMAN TGA-AWARD 2018

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On February 20th, the Jury of this year’s TGA-Award met at the publishing house Berlin and determined the winner for 2018. GRAFTs residential project “Villa M” convinced in the category “new building” and was selected as this year’s winner.

 

The official award ceremony took place on May 8th at the IHK Berlin (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin) during the “Berlin energy days”, which provide an overview about political, economical and technical developments around energy efficiency, renewable energies, energy supply and energy services in Germany.

 

Organizer of the German TGA-Award 2018 is the HUSS-MEDIEN GmbH, which counts to one of the big independent specialist publisher.

 

For more information about the TGA-Awards, please visit the German website http://www.tga-praxis.de/

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NAX-EXHIBITION „CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE.MADE IN GERMANY.“ IN TIANJIN

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The network for architecture exchange NAX is presenting the exhibition CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE. MADE IN GERMANY. at the Tianjin International Design Week. Next to GRAFT, over 40 architectural offices with more than 100 projects are exhibited.

The Tianjin International Design Week displays different exhibition pieces under this year’s theme “EAST X WEST – from region to culture” from May 11th to the 16th 2018.

The official opening ceremony took place on May 11th and was attended by the mayor of Tianjin.

 

When: May 11th until 16th 2018

Where: Tianjin International Design Week,

#23 Beining Park,

North Zhongshan Road,

Hebei District, Tianjin, China

 

For more information about the NAX-exhibition, please visit http://www.nax.bak.de/eng/network-partners/contemporary-architecture-made-in-germany/

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT ASSIGEND AS JUROR FOR LEAF AWARDS 2018

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was selected to be part of this year’s jury for the „ABB Leading European Architects Forum Awards 2018“. The LEAF Awards are an annual awards ceremony, founded in 2001 with the aim to connect designated architects, designers, developers and suppliers from all around the world.  It recognises innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.
On the side of Thomas Willemeit the jury will be represented by Kai-Uwe Bergmann (Bjarke Ingels Group), Sir Peter Cook (Crab Studio, Winner of “Lifetime Achievement of the Year” 2017), Werner Frosch (Henning Larsen) and Viviana Mucettola (Zaha Hadid).

 

The Price giving ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 18th in Germany.

 

For more information about the LEAF Awards visit:
http://www.arena-international.com/leafawards/

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PANEL DISCUSSION “LIGHT AND WORK” IN BERLIN

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On Thursday, April 19th, the specialist symposium „Future of Work“ by the Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG takes place in cooperation with the Bauhaus Council Berlin and discusses present questions about new operating modes and the future changing process because of artificial intelligence.

The event will be opened by Hartmut Engler (member of the Gegenbauer management board) and the leading curator of the Bauhaus-Archive Dr. Sibylle Hoiman.

 

During the symposium GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg takes part in a panel discussion, which deals with the topic “Light and Work” and will share his architectural expertise.

 

When: Thursday, April 19th 2018, 4pm

Where: Bauhaus Archiv Berlin, Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin

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TRILUX PARELIA LED

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We are proud that the new Parelia LED is now available on TRILUX.

The new TRILUX Parelia LED enables the realization of attractive, parallel lighting concepts – ideal for modern office architectures. They guarantee a high indirect light range, perfect working conditions inside the office. Thanks to their unique design, they can place the luminaire centrally over the screen without a blend on reflecting surfaces. The Parelia LED was developed in collaboration with TRILUX and won the Good Design Award 2018, the Design Plus Award 2018 and the German Design Award 2018.

If you want to find out more about Parelia, please click on the link below:

https://www.trilux.com/products/de/Innenbeleuchtung/Haengeleuchten/Parelia-LED-Haengeleuchte/

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TRIPLE NOMINATION FOR THE DAM AWARDS 2019

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With a triple nomination GRAFT architects enter the competition for the annual DAM Award 2019, which is granted by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM (German Museum of Architecture) since 2007. Among 100 nominated buildings, the projects BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlin, “Feuerstein Arena” in Schierke, as well as the Hotel & Spa “Seezeitlodge” at the Bostalsee represent GRAFT in the competition for outstanding architecture in Germany. The winners will be announced by the end of January 2019 with a festive ceremony and the opening of an exhibition in the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt.  All nominated projects will be published in the annual “Architekturführer Deutschland”.

 

For more information about the DAM Price please visit: http://www.dam-preis.de/de/

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WAVE TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

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On March 22, 2018, the builders, the contractor Bauwerk Capital and the architects of GRAFT jointly celebrated the completion of the shell construction as an important milestone of the residential project WAVE Waterside Living in Stralauer Allee in Berlin.
Project developer Bauwerk Capital headquartered in Munich brought Bavarian hospitality and atmosphere to the Spree for the topping-out ceremony. The event was celebrated with a total of 200 guests.
The two-part building complex WAVE Waterside Living Berlin with 161 condominiums will be completed by spring 2019.

 

Photo: The Kreuzberg yodelling queen Doreen Kutzke is surrounded by Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz and Lars Krückeberg, all Founding Partners of GRAFT, Jens Portale, Polier KoHa AG, Jürgen Schorn, Managing Partner Bauwerk Capital, Roderick Rauert, Managing Partner Bauwerk Development and Alexander Sälzle, Project Manager Bauwerk Development (from left to right).

 

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE THE REAL ESTATE FORUM

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For the third year in a row the office space turnover in Berlin, Germany has reached a new record while the rate of rentable office spaces is still sinking. How can the need be operated facing the sharpened situation and which requirements will the office of the future have to deal with?

 

The Real Estate Forum takes place in Hotel de Rome in Berlin. On tuesday, March the 20th Graft founding partner Thomas Willemeit will portrait the requirements and concepts for the office of the future during his lecture “Work enviroment 4.0” on the side of Ulf Buhlemann and Marcel Sedlák.

 

When: March, 20th, 17:00-18:30

Where: Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin

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PROJECT “DENK MAL AN FREIHEIT!” –
“THINK ABOUT FREEDOM!”

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In May 2018 a huge lettering will be created as a monument for freedom in front of Berlin’s central station entrance facing Washingtonplatz. The project is part of the new “be Berlin” #FREIHEITBERLIN (FREEDOMBERLIN). As a result, the tag will become the new monument in the dimensions of 25 meters times 2,5 meters.  GRAFT will design the lettering in cooperation with GRAFT Brandlab GmbH.

 

Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Berlin Partner and local artists called all citizens of Berlin to participate and design a piece of freedom: “Berlin lives and loves freedom. We, as citizens of this beautiful city, will never forget, that peace and freedom are not always natural state. With this project, we want to commit to our self-evidence that the capital has developed through its history and place a creative landmark towards cosmopolitanism and tolerance since it’s the 28th annual of Berlin’s reunion, the same time period the wall was dividing our city.”

 

As a part of the project “Denk Mal an Freiheit” the three GRAFT founding Partner Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit have a clear point of view towards the topic: “Berlin is and will be rebellious, but still searching. The art and the courage of breaking boundaries and deconstructing walls are a part of the city’s character- which is the city’s biggest potential for the future. The project #FreiheitBerlin portraits that perfectly.”

 

Berlin Art Bang, known for their effective project „THE HAUS“, are looking for creative co-designers for the first part of the project. Marco Bollenbach, Jörn Reiners and Kimo von Rekowski, who are part of the art collective Die Dixons, say: ”After the team of Berlin Partner told us about the project, it was obvious for us, that we have to be a part of it. Berlin is our city and we will support everyone who stands up for freedom, art, and tolerance.”

 

Everybody has the chance to apply and design the six letters BERLIN. There is one condition: The designs have to be adaptable on every letter and visualize the sense of freedom.

 

The installation will be a part of Berlin’s first Mural Festival, which will take place from May the 14th until the 21st, 2018.

Everyone interested can apply with their idea until April 13th on www.be.berlin.

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