15 Jun

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The potential of an empty centre

Seeking a meaningful resolution for the Marx-Engels-Forum


ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Siemensstrasse 27
10551 Berlin

GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten

German, English


The Marx-Engels-Forum, which lies between Alexanderplatz and the newest incarnation of the Stadtschloss, is one of the last expanses of undefined area in the centre of Berlin. Here the decision regarding the direction for the city’s future development will be mad: is our urban concept based upon a yearning to heal old wounds, or can Berlin create a new identity for itself? Which position does the creative urban community – always seeking new forms of expression – take on that matter? Can a dialogue between citizens be initiated, that would produce a response that goes beyond a simple yes or no? This panel discussion with the architecture bureau GRAFT and guests hopes to find out.

Thomas Willemeit GRAFT Founding Partner
Alexander Schwarz David Chipperfield Architects
Antje Kapek Chairwoman and urban planning expert of Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen at Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus
Prof. Michael Mönninger Journalist, Architecture Critic and Lecturerer der HBK Braunschweig
David Kasparek “der architekt”
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