Das Kulturforum Berlin. Baukultur ohne Verfahrenskultur?
A conversation between architect and urban planner Volkwin Marg and architecture critic and museum historian Nikolaus Bernau
The Kulturforum is an ongoing construction site for German cultural politics. It was conceived during the 1960s as a complex dedicated to the arts, sciences, and music in the former bourgeois Tiergarten quarter, which the Nazis took as their strategic center for their “world capital Germania”. The Philharmonie and the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) by Hans Scharoun as well as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery commissioned by the Berliner Senate were of high international standing. Conversely, the State Museums of Berlin failed to meet such architectural standards, with the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Art Library, the unappealing Piazzetta, and the Gemäldegalerie. Now, a further museum is being planned for the Kulturforum on Potsdamer Straße; the competition is open. But is the Kulturforum even a problem that can only be solved through architecture? Isn't Berlin missing the unique chance to address the urban landscape of this architectural ensemble through urban design?
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metroplitan Laboratory (in English)
The Kulturforum. A Collaborative Project at ANCB
Dr. Caroline Vains, Lecturer, School of Architecture & Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne (in English)
A Brief History of the Kulturforum
Nikolaus Bernau, Architecture Critic and Museum Historian, Berlin (in English)
Conversation (in German)
Volkwin Marg, Architect and Urban Planner, Hamburg
Nikolaus Bernau, Architecture Critic and Museum Historian, Berlin
The event will be in German and English (as indicated in the schedule). Admission is free upon registration at [email protected]