The Property Issue – Politics of Space and Data

The fact that land (space) is as vital to life as air and water means that its use should not succumb to the unmistakable play of free (market) forces and individual whims. In this issue we therefore discuss the politics of space and the politics of data, the real and virtual capital of the city of the future. The debate is guided by two main questions: How do we deal with space and data as planning resources? And what role do architects and urban planners play in the digital society?

projekt bauhaus: Can Design Change Society?

We are interested in the Bauhaus from a contemporary perspective— not the fetishization and mythologization of a legacy. In our view, many of the objectives of classical modernism show promise for the present day—be it design’s alignment to utility and function, the belief in the emancipatory potential of design, the integration of design with diverse forms of modernday under standing and technologies, or the critique of the present through design.

An Atlas of Commoning: Places of Collective Production

Commoning is a process of negotiating differences and conflicts between the individual, the community, and society. It involves the spatial organization of the relationships between production and reproduction, ownership and access to resources. We unfold a network of ideas for a concept of commoning that aims for solidarity and emancipation, one that doesn’t bring individuals into line within the community but turns the unique, the different, and the special into decisive qualities of togetherness.

The Klotz Tapes: The Making of Postmodernism, bilingual

Klotz’s deeply personal perspective and his trenchant depictions of the major events and architectural figures of the late 1970s and early 1980s add up to a fascinating making of the postmodern movement.

Berlin 2013/1983

Berlin 2013/1983 is at once artist book, extraordinary architectural guide, and a radical addition to the discourse on architecture and urbanism in Berlin.

Planetary Urbanism: The Transformative Power of Cities

Bilingal publication of the competition entitled “Planetary Urbanism”, which was launched in 2015 as the second „Critique of the Present“ competition after the first competition „Out of Balance“ in 2012.

Release Architecture: Incidental Space, English Version

Release Architecture, a collaboration with Christian Kerez and Sandra Oehy, takes off from the spatial intervention in the Swiss Pavilion. How far can we push the boundaries of architectural space? A report from architecture’s speculative front.

Post-Oil City – The History of the City's Future, English Version

At a time when more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, the effects of climate change on urban life can no longer be ignored.

The Property Issue. Ground Control and the Commons

“Who owns the land?” is a question central to all societies, because space is as vital a resource as air and water. Yet architects seldom explicitly address the question of ownership. Is this because, as the architect Florian Hertweck writes, they “primarily produce an illusion of the political, not least because they want to see their projects realized”? This edition aims to help change how we view urban land, and encourage land law reform to return land governance to the local level.

Legislating Architecture, English Version

Legislating Architecture, a collaboration with Arno Brandlhuber and Tobias Hönig, investigates how law creates design, as well as the inverse: can design be applied to the pre-architectural realm? A report from architecture’s legislative front.

Get Real! Architectural Realities, bilingual

Germany's contribution to the 14th Biennale of Architecture in Venice, curated by the commissioners Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis, is the point of departure for this issue of ARCH+.

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