The Next Generation:
Opportunites and Transformation

Due to the current developments around the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone Architecture Matters 2020. The new date has been set for 23–26 March 2021. The conference will take place as a digital–analogue edition with a strong focus on inspiration, business & interaction. Lectures, workshops, speed dating, meet-the-press – 4 days, 4 sessions.

Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid. Due to the extraordinary circumstances we will also grant you a refund if so desired. We will get in touch with you.

We warmly thank all of the partners who stand behind Architecture Matters and support this decision, in particular SIGNABMK Böhm Mohr Kleiner & PartnerdormakabaGiraHansgroheMieleSchücoTECE.

 

Architecture Matters is an international conference on the future of architecture and cities, which brings together all relevant stakeholders from architecture, real estate, and politics. A provocative platform for the curious and the courageous – exploring urban utopias and entrepreneurial visions. In 2020 We shine the spotlight on a young, international scene: „The Next Generation: Opportunities and Transformation“.

I. a. with Olga Aleksakova, Julia Burdova, Buromoscow, Moscow, Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Anton Belov, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Laurence Bolhaar, OMA, Rotterdam, Katja Eichinger, Munich, Karim El-Ishmawi, Chris Middleton, Kinzo, Berlin, Ulrich Höller, ABG, Frankfurt, Ellen van Loon, OMA, Rotterdam, Elisabeth Merk, City of Munich, Tobias Nolte, Certain Measures, Berlin-Boston, Tobias Sauerbier, SIGNA, Munich-Berlin, Julian Scharf, Building Radar, Munich Saskia van Stein, Design Academy Eindhoven, Christiane Thalgott, City of Munich ret., Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, London.

Curated by Nadin Heinich

venues: Karstadt & Künstlerhaus, Munich

photo: Jan Grarup www.madebygrarup.com

THURSDAY, 26 March 2020
18:30
OPENING:
Late Night Shopping
Karstadt at Munich Central Station
FRIDAY, 27 March 2020
10:00–20:00
CONFERENCE
ongoing
Künstlerhaus
11:15–13:15
BUSINESS SESSION 1:
- speed dating 1 + 2
- networking with the City of Munich
- workshop SIGNA
Künstlerhaus
15:30–17:30
BUSINESS SESSION 2:
- speed dating 3 + 4
- workshop Kinzo
- workshop Building Radar
Künstlerhaus

Speakers 2020

Olga Alekskova

Buromoscow, Moscow

Olga Aleksakova and Julia Burdova founded Buromoscow in 2004. The first architects in the post-Soviet period to focus on prefabricated mass housing, they aim to add beauty to the usual monotony. Their clients include all major project developers, such as PIK and LSR Group. Burdova studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute. Aleksakova studied at Delft University of Technology and then worked for OMA, Rotterdam. Since 2018 they have taught at Columbia GSAPP, New York. Their work has received numerous awards, including for their design of Triumph Square in the centre of Moscow.

www.buromoscow.com

Frank Barkow

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin

Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their American-German office in Berlin in 1993. Their focus is on building for companies, from masterplans to representative buildings for production, logistics, and administration. Practice, research, and teaching are closely intertwined for them. Recent projects include Tour Total in Berlin, Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago, and Harvard ArtLab in Cambridge.

www.barkowleibinger.com

Anton Belov

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Anton Belov has been Director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art since 2010. He is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, with a degree in physics and chemistry. Prior to his appointment, he ran the non-profit project Gallery White. In 2009, Anton launched the bilingual magazine Artguide. Since 2018, he has been Head of the Department for Garage at the Higher School of Economics.

www.garagemca.org

Laurence Bolhaar

OMA, Rotterdam

Laurence Bolhaar joined OMA in 2015 and has worked as a lead designer on a wide range of projects: from conceptual design, renovations, set design to product design. He has worked on KaDeWe Vienna and Berlin, a Datacenter in Russia, the MPavilion in Melbourne in 2017, and several Prada fashion show sets. He graduated from TU Eindhoven in 2014.

www.oma.eu

Julia Burdova

Buromoscow, Moscow

Olga Aleksakova and Julia Burdova founded Buromoscow in 2004. The first architects in the post-Soviet period to focus on prefabricated mass housing, they aim to add beauty to the usual monotony. Their clients include all major project developers, such as PIK and LSR Group. Burdova studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute. Aleksakova studied at Delft University of Technology and then worked for OMA, Rotterdam. Since 2018 they have taught at Columbia GSAPP, New York. Their work has received numerous awards, including for their design of Triumph Square in the centre of Moscow.

www.buromoscow.com

Katja Eichinger

author, journalist, Munich

Katja Eichinger studied film and film theory at the British Film Institute in London. After a London-based career as a journalist specializing in cinema, pop culture and consumerism Eichinger moved to Germany in 2006 and has since been writing books and scripts. 2018 she produced “Junkspace,“ an album of electronic music dedicated to the shopping mall and featuring Rem Koolhaas. Among her books is the bestseller “BE” about her late husband Bernd Eichinger. Her new book “Fashion and other Neuroses” will be published in April 2020 by the Aufbauverlag.

www.katjaeichinger.com

Karim El-Ishmawi

Kinzo, Berlin

They knew each other from the Berlin nightlife. Then in 2005, Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs, and Chris Middleton founded Kinzo. Today the studio has projects around the world, working at the intersection of interior design and design. Their signature coolness goes well beyond their many award-winning designs. Their clients include Adidas, Soundcloud and Zalando.

www.kinzo-berlin.de

Ulrich Höller

ABG Group, Frankfurt

Ulrich Höller has been Managing Partner of ABG Real Estate Group since January 2020. He is one of Germany’s best-known real estate executives and has been active in leading positions in the industry for over 28 years, most recently as Management Board Chairman at GEG German Estate Group AG. Höller holds several supervisory and advisory board mandates, including as a member of the board of the German real estate association ZIA.

www.abg-group.de

Ellen van Loon

OMA, Rotterdam

Ellen van Loon joined OMA in 1998 and has led several award-winning building projects that combine sophisticated design with precise execution. Some of her most significant contributions include BLOX, the new home of the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen (2018); Rijnstraat 8 (2017); Lab City (2017); the G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013); the Prada Trans- former pavilion in Seoul (2009); Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), winner of the 2007 RIBA Award; and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin (2003), winner of the European Union Mies van der Rohe award in 2005.

Van Loon is currently working on the Factory Manchester, a large performing arts venue for the city; a new building for Brighton College in England, the Palais de Justice de Lille and the KaDeWe Vienna.

www.oma.eu

Elisabeth Merk

Urban Development Councilor, Munich

In November 2018, the Munich City Council unanimously confirmed Prof. Dr.(I) Elisabeth Merk as head of its Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations for a further six years. She first took on this role in 2007, as successor to Christiane Thalgott. Previously, she was in charge of urban development and planning in Halle | Saale. Since 2015 she has been president of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL).

www.muenchen.de

Chris Middleton

Kinzo, Berlin

They knew each other from the Berlin nightlife. Then in 2005, Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs, and Chris Middleton founded Kinzo. Today the studio has projects around the world, working at the intersection of interior design and design. Their signature coolness goes well beyond their many award-winning designs. Their clients include Adidas, Soundcloud and Zalando.

www.kinzo-berlin.de

Tobias Nolte

Certain Measures, Berlin–Boston

Certain Measures, founded by Tobias Nolte and Andrew Witt, is a research-based design studio. Using machine vision and Big Data, they are transforming leftovers into new creations. An architect by training, Tobias was a research fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design and a director at the offices of Gehry Technologies in Paris and New York. Their installation “Mine the Scrap” has become part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. He has been a professor at Leibniz University in Hannover since September 2019.

www.certainmeasures.com

Tobias Sauerbier

SIGNA, Munich

Tobias Sauerbier has been Managing Director of SIGNA Real Estate Management Germany GmbH and a member of the Managing Board of SIGNA Prime Selection AG since March 2019. Together with Timo Herzberg, he is currently responsible for all of SIGNA’s real estate activities in Germany. The SIGNA Group is a privately held industrial holding company in the real estate and retail sectors with real estate assets of over 12 billion euros.

www.signa.at

Julian Scharf

Building Radar, Munich

Julian Scharf is Chief Operating Officer at Building Radar. The startup is a digital search engine for construction projects, which uses artificial intelligence to find projects worldwide that are still at a very early stage. Their clients include Schüco, Vitra, and Linde. Under Scharf’s management the number of employees has grown from 25 to 50. In addition to the headquarters in Munich, a sales office has just been opened in New York.

www.buildingradar.com

Saskia van Stein

Design Academy Eindhoven

Saskia van Stein is a cultural practitioner, curator and writer. She is a board member of several advisory committees, has chaired several juries. Since 2019 Saskia has been headmaster of the MA entitled “The Critical Inquiry Lab” at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. She was artistic and managing Director at Bureau Europa, a platform for architecture and design, in Maastricht 2013–2019.

www.designacademy.nl

Christiane Thalgott

Urban Development Councilor ret., Munich

From 1992 to 2007, Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Christiane Thalgott was Planning Commissioner for the city of Munich. Important decisions were made during her tenure, such as the extension of the Mittlere Ring (Middle Ring) highway and the construction of the Jewish Cultural Centre. Even after her retirement she remains involved in issues such as land law. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

Oliver Wainwright

The Guardian, London

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. He trained as an architect and worked for a number of practices, including OMA in Rotterdam. He has written extensively for a wide range of international publications and has won awards for his in-depth reporting on the housing crisis and the planning system. His first book, “Inside North Korea”, was published by Taschen in 2018.

www.theguardian.com

27.3.2020: Conference

THE NEXT GENERATION: Opportunities and Transformation

26.3.2020: Late Night Shopping – A Night at Karstadt

with: Ellen van Loon, OMA, Laurence Bolhaar, OMA, Katja Eichinger, journalist, author; Tobias Sauerbier, SIGNA

moderation: Nadin Heinich, Saskia van Stein
welcome: Dr. Silke Claus

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 18:30

Karstadt at Munich Central Station
Bahnhofplatz
80335 Munich

The opening of Architecture Matters will take place at a very special location: Karstadt at Munich Central Station. An icon in the retail industry, Karstadt is one of Germany’s leading department stores and a place of transformation: the digital revolution is rapidly changing the face of retail trade. An evening about rethinking the big department stores, about the transformation of our city centres through new retail concepts, and about shopping and other neuroses.

Following KaDeWe in Berlin, Ellen van Loon, partner at OMA, and Laurence Bolhaar are now developing a new concept for KaDeWe in Vienna. The cultural journalist Katja Eichinger frequently addresses shopping, consumption, and the psychological abyss that accompanies them. Tobias Sauerbier of SIGNA, a real estate company and owner of the Karstadt building, has to balance “soft” factors, such as a functioning city district, with “hard” numbers.

27.3.2020: Speed-Datings
Move Your Business Forward!

A central concern of Architecture Matters is stronger networking between the architecture and real estate industries. Our speed dating sessions bring ambitious (young) architects and potential clients into direct contact. Short, sweet and to the point. New, fresh ideas can become reality and shake up dreary, traditional planning. This year we are expanding our Speed Dating formats:

(1) Speed Dating for (young) architects and developers
(2) Speed Dating for architects and the housing industry
(3) networking for young architects with the Munich Department of Urban Planning, among others with Elisabeth Merk, Head of the Department of Urban Planning, Thomas Rehn, Local Building Commission, Birgit Schöppl, media spokesperson, Cordula Rau, Building Authority

Download the detailed schedule: Architecture Matters 2020

Be a part of the action! Send us your application including a description of your firm and references by 29 February 2020 to: welcome@architecturematters.eu

Entry requirement: Conference ticket purchased via XING Events.

Space is limited. Participants will be selected by our jury: Katharina Benjamin, KNTXTR; Jan Friedrich, Bauwelt; Christiane Thalgott, City Planning Commissioner (ret.), Munich

Moderation speed dating: Michael Kuhn; Christian Meister, Hines; Johannes Mohr, BMK; Christiane Thalgott, City Planning Commissioner (ret.); Mathieu Wellner. In cooperation with the Urban Land Institute ULI.

As a special service, all participants will be presented in a dedicated booklet, which will be sent to you a few days before the conference.

speed dating for (young) architects and developers

Friday, 27 March 2020
11:15–13:15 & 15:30–17:30

speed dating for architects and the housing industry

Friday, 27 March 2020
11:15–13:15

networking for young architects with the Munich Department of Urban Planning

Friday, 27 March 2020
11:15–13:15

Elisabeth Merk, City Planning Commissioner, Munich, photo: Tanja Kernweiss

A special format being offered by Architecture Matters is networking with the Munich Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations. After introducing themselves with a short presentation, participating architectural firms will have the opportunity to speak directly with the city planning commissioner and her staff. A pool will be formed from the participants, which the city will recommend, for example, when competitions are announced.

The City of Munich will be represented by:
– Elisabeth Merk, Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations
– Thomas Rehn, Deputy Head, Local Building Commission
– Birgit Schöppl, assistant to the City Planning Commissioner, media spokesperson
– Cordula Rau, Building Authority

27.3.2020: Workshops

Alongside the classic conference format, Architecture Matters 2020 will focus even more strongly on dialogue. In addition to Speed Dating, you can take part in a number of workshops. Curious? Send us your application: welcome@architecturematters.eu

Entry requirement: Conference ticket purchased via XING Events.

Download the detailed schedule: Architecture Matters 2020

Convenience versus Experience?
Workshop hosted by SIGNA

Transformation of our inner cities through new retail concepts

Friday, 27 March 2020
11:15–13:15

In a few years’ time, online trade will grow from 10% today to 25–30%. The growth of physical stores is stagnating. While ever more shops in city centres are closing, Amazon is experimenting with new offline offers and shop concepts. Digital change is rapidly transforming commerce and thus our cities. What will replace all the shops? What will replace the social function of shopping? What does this development mean in concrete terms for existing and new buildings?

SIGNA combines expertise in real estate and retail business like no other. With this workshop we invite you to join us in an experiment: to develop a concept for an urban quarter that will be revitalized by a new central property combining retail space with new, unconventional uses.

Concept and moderation: Alexander CronauerTobias Sauerbier, SIGNA

From Client to Collaborator
Workshop hosted by Kinzo

Friday, 27 March 2020
15:30–17:30

Kinzo, Suhrkamp Verlag

Kinzo – in 1999 it was the name of a club in Berlin founded by three friends and named after a large tool manufacturer. Today, Kinzo has evolved to become an internationally active architectural firm. Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs, Chris Middleton and their team work at the interface of interior architecture and design for clients such as Soundcloud, Adidas and Zalando. Their special feature: while other designers first take to the drawing board, they first take a big step back. Developing their projects together with their clients, they transform ideas and a company’s methodical processes into a tailor-made design.

In this workshop, we invite you to get to know the special consulting and design approach of Kinzo. The scenario is extreme: We are in the year 2095. A drastic cold wave has made the earth uninhabitable. A small group of scientists, all of them employees at the company Space XY, has succeeded in escaping to the moon. Now they must set up a new office and research station. Workshop participants become the fictitious employees of Space XY and develop a concept for this research station – Berlin coolness goes to the Moon.

Concept and moderation: Karim El-Ishmawi, Chris Middleton, founders, Kinzo

Be First! New acquisition strategies using AI workshop hosted by Building Radar

Friday, 27 March 2020
15:30–17:30

Foto B&M Noskowski, iStock

Building Radar is a start-up based in Munich. It supports its clients in project acquisition by using artificial intelligence (AI) to find construction projects worldwide that are still at a very early stage. Founded in 2015, the team now includes 50 employees and works with over 120 clients, including Schüco, Vitra and Linde. Its investors include SIGNA and Alexander Samwer. In addition to its Munich headquarters, a sales office has just been opened in New York.

This workshop is aimed specifically at architects: How do you generate new projects? Can Building Radar help you to be among the first to know about a new project through its digital search engine? Example: The city council decides to build a new swimming pool hall; you can approach the decision makers months before the public tender. Currently, Building Radar is working on a pilot project with the architectural firm Orange Blu in Stuttgart. In our workshop, they will work with you to further develop this expertise.

Concept and moderation: Julian Scharf, Chief Operating Officer, Building Radar

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