Arno Brandlhuber

Arno Brandlhuber is an architect and urban planner in Berlin. He is the founder of the collaborative practice Brandlhuber+ (2006). His work includes architecture and research projects, exhibitions and publications as well as political interventions. In addition to his research work on the “spatial production of the Berlin Republic”, he deals with the role of the legislature in architectural and urban production. Together with the artist and film director Christopher Roth he created the films Legislating Architecture (2016), The Property Drama (2017) and Architecting after Politics (2018), which were on display at the Venice Architecture Biennial, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and as part of the touring exhibition of the same name, Legislating Architecture – Architecting after Politics, which has been travelling through Europe since autumn 2018. Brandlhuber has taught at numerous universities and colleges, including the TU Vienna, the Harvard GSD (Abroad Studio) and the Academy of Arts in Nuremberg (Professor 2003–2017). Arno Brandlhuber has been Professor of Design and Architecture at ETH Zurich since 2017, where he teaches and does research in the field of new media & technologies, as arguments for future architectures.
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Architecture as Argument

Date: Day 2 – 11:45
Location: Notenbank, Weimar
Language: German

The balance of power in our cities is changing. What is already normal in the metropolises of North America and Southeast Asia is also becoming our reality: private agents taking over responsibilities that used to be public. This shift from public to private affects all areas of life, including architecture. Models such as “PPP – Public Private Partnerships” or “POPS – Privately Owned Public Spaces” think and understand architecture and the city as a resource in the process of a complete commercialization of our (built) environment. This commodification, the “becoming-commodity” of our living environment, culminates in the new smart city projects of large technology companies from the US and China: where the boundaries between private and public, city and nature, productivity and idleness, disappear completely and architects no longer play a role in the design of space. What conclusions can architects draw from this new reality and what could be proactive answers between theory and practice, teaching and everyday life? What spaces and possibilities for action can architects claim and assert for themselves? And how can architecture become an argument beyond being a built object?

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Deutsche UNESCO Kommission

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