CLIMATE CITY BERLIN 2030
“Bündnis Klimastadt Berlin 2030” (Alliance Climate City Berlin 2030), a wide-ranging alliance of Berlin initiatives, environmental and tenants’ associations, planners and builders—including BUREAU N—brings together diverse expertise and sees itself as an offer to city politicians to actively and collectively drive change forward. The aim is to develop Berlin into an ecological and social model city. What forms the project’s basis are seven closely intertwined cornerstones: climate resilience, mobility transition, construction transition, cooperation and participation, common good and affordable housing as well as cultural freedom in the polycentric metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg.
PETER ZUMTHOR: ARCHITECTURE BORN OF CRAFTSMANSHIP
The room-filling exhibition displays architectural models by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor inside a building that he himself planned: the Werkraum Haus in Bregenzerwald, Austria. Captivating and unusual in nature, the models create atmosphere and illustrate craftsmanship in every detail. They are the tools with which Peter Zumthor designs his buildings and crafts spaces in a singular way that brings together materials, construction methods and form to create a unified whole. Like the Werkraum Haus itself, the models stand for the unparalleled symbiosis between architecture and craftsmanship.
WHO’S GOT THE POWER?
Kasia Fudakowski likes to play—with clichés, standards and expectations. In her 5th ChertLüdde solo show however, she lets the visitors be in charge of the game: For “Gallery Power LTD” she presents a new series of sculptures, including lights and motors, which can be switched on/off by the visitors; only one work is controlled by an external mechanism too. The exhibition is powered by a limited amount of electricity and will turn off once it is consumed, eventually leaving the works in the dark. With this interactive and somewhat immediate gesture, Fudakowski questions individual behaviour, accountability for resources in cultural spaces and indirectly gives a nod to the current energy crisis.
STEEL TUBE MEETS LOUNGER
Created for extensive reading sessions and day-dreaming breaks, the newly launched 22.9 Daybed becomes the most recent addition to Blockbau’s collection. Much like the 22.24 Armchair and 32 Chair from the same line, this too is made of a bent steel tube forming its characteristic shape. The new member of the Blockbau family suggests that the daybed is as important as any other piece of furniture within a living space: “While in Scandinavia the daybed is widely used as a piece of furniture with multiple uses, in Germany it’s still greatly underestimated. The term daybed should be conceptually broadened, because its design works not only as a lounger but also as a seat; not only in private living spaces, but also workplace settings,” says Kevin Rack, the design brand’s founder.
I AM NOT AN ARTIST, I AM A PAINTER
The Fondation Beyeler presents the first posthumous retrospective of Wayne Thiebaud (1920–2021) in the German-speaking world. Virtually unknown in Europe until now, with this exhibition, the museum continues to offer insight into leading proponents of American figurative art, such as Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe. Most will recognise Thiebaud for his celebrated still lifes, drawn from everyday motifs in post-war America: pastry displays, sweet treats, stuffed toys, or gumball machines. Yet only a few know that within his 70-year career, he consistently worked on figure paintings and large-scale landscapes too. Common to all are his sophisticated use of colour and a distinctive visual idiom straddling the lines between irony, humour, nostalgia and melancholy.
A NEWLY RETHOUGHT URBAN DISTRICT FOR CULTURE AND ENCOUNTERS
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RETURNING WITH A NEW CULINARY CONCEPT
dóttir returns to its 2015 location, now newly renovated and integrated into the ground floor of the new Château Royal, as a female-led, vegetable-focused establishment. Here culinary director Victoria Eliasdóttir and chef de cuisine Elena Müller serve creative contemporary cuisine set in deep rounded flavours from mindfully sourced produce. The dishes, as individual as the hotel’s interior, combine classic flavours with forward thinking in à la carte and prix fixe menus, complete with a wine list of over 250 positions.
BERLIN’S NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE
The publication “Berlin. Urban Architecture and Daily Life Since 2009” by Edition Detail documents the continual urban upheaval that has defined the City of Berlin since the opening of the Neues Museum in 2009. In examining 30 separate projects featuring complementary essays and interviews, the book illustrates how architectural icons, unknown discoveries, urban spaces and locales shape everyday life in the city.
SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY
The exhibition “Roads Not Taken” at Deutsches Historisches Museum presents an unusual look at the past. Conceived by historian Dan Diner, it explores 14 tipping points in German history that could easily have taken a different turn. To spatially implement the abstract mind game of “Roads not Taken”, scenographers chezweitz created a congenial exhibition design: Using the architectural tools of perspective and trompe l’oeuil, they designed powerful “possibility spaces” that distort or dissolve—depending on the viewpoint: the mind game turns into a visual game.
In “energy/power”, the inaugural exhibition of Max Goelitz’ new gallery space in Berlin, artist Haroon Mirza focuses on the harvesting and distribution of electricity to address socio-political issues deriving from technology, nature and humans. Central to the multisensory presentation is the large-scale octagonal sculpture Dyson Sphere (2021/2022), which combines radiating halogen lamps with solar panels. Simultaneously powering an ecosystem of sound-generating objects and psychoactive plants.
MODERN-DAY HOLISTIC HEALTH
By combining traditional wisdom with current scientific insights, My Inner Health Club gives guidance on various aspects of health and well-being: from coping with stress, restlessness, and anxiety, to sleeping problems or poor nutrition. The streaming service founded by Ann-Kathrin Grebner and Yasmin Poloczek hosts online classes by leading experts and practitioners from across the globe, reviving ancient knowledge overlooked by the modern health system.