The Munich Künstlerhaus is the venue of this year's "Architecture Matters" conference.

Class Strugglers and Real Estate Sharks

The second edition of the conference "Architecture Matters", which will take place in Munich on March 8 and 9, will examine the relationship between money, architecture and the city.

"Architecture Matters" is entering the second round. Will it be as exciting and eventful as last year? Back then it was above all Patrik Schumacher, managing director of Zaha Hadid Architects, who polarised with his provocative theses on neo-liberal urban planning. 

This year, lectures and discussions will focus on the economic foundations of architecture and urban planning. On March 9, real estate developer Ulrich Höller (German Estate Group AG) will be on stage at Munich's Künstlerhaus on this topic as well as Andrej Holm, anti-gentrification activist and short-time undersecretary of state in Berlin - a position he had to withdraw from because of his "Stasi" past. Further guests include Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Managing Director of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Christiane Thalgott and Elisabeth Merk, former and current Councillor of Munich for Urban Development and Erion Veliaj, mayor of the Albanian capital Tirana since 2015. At the end of the event, the event will once again take a further perspective when former Minister of State for Culture Julian Nida-Rümelin meets Chris Dercon, who is director of the Berlin Volksbühne since 2017 and whose inauguration resulted, among other things, in an occupation of the theatre by left-wing activists.

The prelude to "Architektur Matters" will be an event on the evening of March 8 with Reinier de Graaf, partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), who is presenting his highly acclaimed new book "Four Walls and a Roof" in the presence of the Bavarian Finance Minister a D. Kurt Faltlhauser. (fap)

Architecture Matters - Annual Summit on Cities and the Future

Book launch: 

Reinier de Graaf (OMA, Rotterdam): "Four Walls and a Roof. The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession"

March 8, 2018,18:30 
Tickets: 85 Euro (incl. Flying Dinner)

Alte Akademie
Neuhauser Strasse 8-10
80333 Munich


March 9, 2018,14:00 to 20:00 
Tickets: 28 Euro (regular), 17 Euro (reduced), 42 Euro (support) 

Lenbachplatz 2
80333 Munich