No Valentine (again) and need to drown your sorrows in architecture (as usual)? Or want to take your (forever) lover somewhere impressive? Well, do it in high style with some of the A-list. The architecture A-list. On 14–16 February, Yale University Architecture School is hosting the conference Achtung: Berlin which examines Berlin’s status as a capital city, from the Third Reich and post-war East-West split, to todays’ restored capital of a reunited Germany, using architecture and the built environment as the focus points for discussion. Casting a wide net, from Oswald Matthias Ungers and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.U. to O.M.A.) and drawing on resonances with present-day Detroit, it charts a clear percolation of ideas on urbanity from Berlin’s turbulent history – one that enabled more dynamic change than most capital cities today – into the vast waters of contemporary urbanism. The participant roster is one of the most impressive lists of recent months, and includes Rem Koolhaas, David Chipperfield, Robert Fishman, Thomas Demand, Jürgen Mayer H., Anthony Vidler, Eric Mumford, Jan Liesegang / raumlaborberlin... basically too many big names to include here. The program promises three days of excellent exchange and scintillating presentations. If we weren’t at our desks in Berlin – conducting on-the-spot research, natürlich – uncube would certainly be in attendance.
Registration is strongly suggested.
The J. Irwin Miller Symposium
Thursday–Saturday, February 14–16, 2013
Yale School of Architecture
Paul Rudolph Hall
Hastings Hall (basement floor)
180 York Street
New Haven, CT