RENATA STIH, FRIEDER SCHNOCK
For two decades the Berlin-based conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock have been creating provocative works of public art exploring questions of German memory, history, politics and identity. Here they curate a selection of projects and images, containing and referencing multiple works, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.
JAN OTAKAR FISCHER
In August 1961 the German Democratic Republic began to construct the Berlin Wall, and for almost three decades the 96-mile-long concrete barrier encircled West Berlin, isolating it from the communist-ruled GDR. On November 9, 1989, with the politburo's decision to open the border crossings, the wall effectively fell. Berlin-based architect–writer and Places contributing editor Jan Otakar Fischer remembers the transformative events of '89, recounts the failed effort to create a national reunification memorial, and explores the still charged questions of German identity and memory.
A crisis is brewing in architectural education, contends Boston-based architect and educator Tim Love. Here Love, a Places contributing editor, analyzes what he sees as an increasingly contentious divide between the leading influences on contemporary pedagogy: on the one hand, a focus on formal experimentation enabled by parametric modeling, and on the other, intensifying efforts to incorporate sustainability criteria into design curricula.
Around the world cities are rediscovering their waterfronts — reclaiming old industrial-era ports and harbors that had been abandoned and become derelict. What is more, as ecological planner and Places contributing editor Nina-Marie Lister explains, they are working with landscape and urban designers to pioneer innovative techniques that emphasize site regeneration, that consider "land and water in synergy." Here Lister analyzes three projects that exemplify this new urban-ecological paradigm: Lifescape, by Field Operations; Soak, by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha; and River+City+Life, by Stoss: Landscape Urbanism.
PLACES ARCHIVE: FALL 2007
In the Seattle Public Library, Rem Koolhaas and OMA work to transform architecture into media interface.
Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
The Georgia School of Technology, as it was known from its founding in 1885 until 1948, formally began teaching architecture in 1908 when the school appointed Preston A. Hopkins of Boston to teach an entering class of 20 students and to organize a curriculum for the study of architecture. Georgia Tech granted its first architecture degree, the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, in 1911. This event placed Georgia Tech among the earliest public universities in the United States to offer an architecture degree.