06/03/2017: aac Workshop and Lecture Series in Spring 2017

Deutsches Hafenmuseum Hamburg: Designs for the National Port Museum

From 1 to 23 March, this year’s spring workshop of the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) entitled “Deutsches Hafenmuseum Hamburg: Designs for the National Port Museum” will take place at the Rainvilleterrasse campus in Hamburg under the guidance of Prof. Dr.-Ing. h. c. Volkwin Marg and Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Goetze. The program is rounded off with public lectures by Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG/Bjarke Ingels Group), Gerhard Wittfeld (kadawittfeldarchitektur) and Uwe R. Brückner (Atelier Brückner). The workshop will focus on producing design ideas for the new German Port Museum in Hamburg.

The participants of the spring workshop of the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) will generate architectural ideas for a museum building with external exhibition space. The workshop at the Rainvilleterrasse Campus will last for three-and-a-half weeks, and will give 20 selected candidates from all over the world the opportunity to tackle a real live scenario in the studios of the aac, as the City of Hamburg has recently obtained approval from the Federal authorities for the construction of the German Port Museum. The idea of this project is to create a place in a conspicuous position in Hamburg’s port where people can learn about the work and traditions at the port using selected examples such as cargo handling, shipping, shipbuilding, and where walk-in exhibits are presented at a scale of 1:1. The museum is intended to chronicle the history of globalization and its social consequences, and to inspire visitors to contemplate potential developments in the future. The most eye-catching exhibit will be the restored “Peking”, a four-masted barque and reminder of former world trade under sail.

The results of the workshop are intended to give an overview of the potential options, and to provide salient ideas for the development of Hamburg as a place of culture. The history of the city of Hamburg has been closely linked to the development of the port which – today, after 828 years – is the third largest container facility in Europe; the significance and influence of the Hanseatic City was shaped by the port, and the different functions of the port over time have invariably affected and modified the city’s development. Further input to the workshop will be in the form of specialist public lectures and critiques by well-known guest professors, as well as an excursion to the site and other reference locations. These will include a talk by Kai-Uwe Bergmann of the practice BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), on “BIG projects” on 8 March at 7 pm. Gerhard Wittfeld, founding member and partner of kadawittfeldarchitektur, will focus on “Architecture in dialogue” in his talk on 10 March from 6 pm. On 16 March at 7 pm, the architect and scenographer Professor Uwe R. Brückner in his contribution “Museum of the 21st century – how to stage the past, the present and the future. A reflection on urban scenography” will focus on how a museum can successfully accommodate different dimensions in time. Following a presentation, final critique, and evaluation, the results of the workshop will be open to the public in an exhibition at the Rainvilleterrasse Campus from 23 March to 13 April.

The Academy of Architectural Culture (aac) is a private not-for-profit institution that was founded by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners; it organizes research studies, courses, and workshops focusing on relevant architectural issues and the continuing education of young architects from different cultural spheres. The results of the work are discussed via symposiums, exhibitions, and publications, potentially reaching decision-makers.

Public lectures

2017-03-08, 7 pm
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York
„BIG projects“

2017-03-10, 6 pm
Gerhard Wittfeld
kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen
„Architecture in dialogue“

2017-03-16, 7 pm
Prof. Uwe R. Brückner
„Museum of the 21st century – how to stage the past, the present and the future. Uwe R. Brückner‘s reflection on urban scenography“

2017-03-23, 11 am
Prof. Dr.-Ing. h. c. Volkwin Marg
Final review and exhibition opening

All events will take place in the Academy of Architectural Culture (aac) at Rainvilleterrasse Campus, Rainvilleterrasse 4, 22765 Hamburg. Entrance free.

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