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Open Architecture and the Noncitizen: Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg, IBA 1984/87

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Gowen room

Open Architecture and the Noncitizen: Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg, IBA 1984/87

Gowen Room, Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:30pm

Esra Akcan, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Cornell University

This lecture thinks through the relation between the three concepts of its title--open architecture, noncitizen and urban renewal--by focusing on IBA’1984/87, an international building exhibition that commissioned acclaimed architects for the urban renewal of Berlin’s Kreuzberg with a predominantly noncitizen population from Turkey. The lecture explores IBA’1984/87 as the last episode in the history of the twentieth century public housing, as a microcosm of the participatory, postmodernist and poststructuralist debates in the architectural discipline in the 1970s and 80s, and as a significant moment that exposes the relation between immigration laws and housing. Using a narrative genre inspired by oral history and storytelling, it suggests an art/architecture historical method that gives voice not only to the architects and policy makers, but also to the immigrant inhabitants.

Open Architecture and the Noncitizen