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For the second time, the “Architecture Matters” conference is being held as part of the Munich Creative Business Week. We can look forward to exciting discussions on current topics and projects.

On March 10, 2017 Munich’s Technikum will host the second edition of the international conference “Architecture Matters” as part of the Munich Creative Business Week MCBW.

Here, young and up-and-coming architects will meet prominent guests from the fields of architecture, politics, culture and society to discuss contemporary themes, projects and developments. What effect, for instance, is the growing nationalism in Russia and Poland, which has become increasingly dominant in recent years, having on architecture and urban planning there? Will the ‘star architect’ continue to exist and what does the young generation of architects think of this phenomenon? What is the current situation regarding architecture’s social responsibility versus the freedom of the real-estate sector?

Basel-based architects Christ & Gantenbein, who last year completed their highly praised museum extensions, will sit down with Julian Nida-Rümelin, philosopher, former German Minister of Culture, and a critical commentator on contemporary urban architecture.

Roland Berger, founder and since 2010 Honorary Chairman of the consultancy Roland Berger, will meet architect and architectural theorist Patrik Schumacher, who was the man in charge of many of the spectacular projects created by Zaha Hadid Architects and has since Zaha Hadid’s untimely death run the company.

Artist and architect Liam Young will whisk the audience away into the ambivalent part of the Smart City. He develops seemingly fantasy-spawned visions in which he advances current technological and social trends to the point of no return.

Other participants will bring insights from Brussels, Warsaw and Moscow to bear.

The “Munich Session” forms part of the conference – a panel discussion that each year addresses a topic concerning the city. In 2017 the focus is on the development of Munich’s Werksviertel – including the concert hall planned there and for which an architectural competition is currently being held. There are countless questions that need to be addressed: Does Munich dare to go for a project equally visionary to that in Hamburg, despite having debated where the right site would be for the best part of 15 years? Will the Werksviertel – the former complex where food company Pfanni’s factories were located and later the “Kunstpark Ost” party zone – succeed in combining industrial charm and highbrow culture? What public spaces will the city make available to its citizens to counterbalance commercial properties? What buildings will champion society’s cultural fabric?

These and other questions will be discussed, among others, by Jörn Walter, since 1999 Senior Director Construction of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Johannes Ernst, one of the partners at Steidle Architekten and the mastermind of Werksviertel, management consultant Roland Berger and designer Ayzit Bostan, who has for many years moved between the worlds of design and art.

Architecture Matters

Annual Summit on Cities and the Future
March 10, 2017, 2-11 p.m.

Grafinger Strasse 6
81671 Munich


Julian Nida-Rümelin, Munich
Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
Roland Berger, Roland Berger GmbH, Munich
Christ & Gantenbein, Basel
Ayzit Bostan, Munich
Kiril Ass, Alexander Brodsky Studio, Moscow
Johannes Ernst, Steidle Architects, Munich
Stefan F. Höglmaier, Euroboden, Munich
Joanna Warsza, Berlin Warsaw
Freek Persyn, 51N4E, Brussels
Jörn Walter, Senior Director Construction of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Liam Young, SCI Arc & Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, London Los Angeles

The event will be curated and moderated by Nadin Heinich (plan A), guest moderators Mathieu Wellner, Adeline Seidel (Stylepark) and Silke Claus (bayern design).

Music Mirko Hecktor

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