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BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION
True for many professions and industries, the social and technological challenges imply a radical change for architecture. However, architects don't seem to understand their role in this transformation or aren't able to communicate it to the wider public. "Facts are no longer enough to really convince people, we have to tell a story." — as architect and former politician Oana Bogdan stated— the question is: Which story do we want to tell? And who are we?
b+ is an architecture practice in-the-making. It is a continuation and reorientation of the collaborative practice Brandlhuber+ which is based in Berlin since 2006. The process of reorientation and new formation includes a conceptual as well as economic restructuring reacting to the changing conditions of architectural production.
b+ is, on one hand, looking into new issues and fields of practice trying to understand architecture systemically and beyond the built object. On the other hand, b+ wants to change the conditions of production in which architecture is thought and realized. In concrete terms we are asking: What are the challenges for architecture in a changing society and how can we as architects produce both ecologically and economically viable answers to these challenges?
ABOUT ARNO BRANDLHUBER
Arno Brandlhuber (*1964) is an architect and urban planner based in Berlin. In 2006, he founded the collaborative architectural practice Brandlhuber+. His work ranges from architecture to research projects, from exhibitions to publications and political interventions. Beside his research work about the „spatial production of the Berlin Republic“ he delves with aspects of legislation on both an architectural and urban scale.
Together with the artist and film director Christopher Roth they produced several films amongst others, The Property Drama (2017) and Architecting after Politics (2018) which resulted in the founding of station+, an architectural TV station at ETH Zurich. There, they teach since 2017 with a focus on the design of narratives in architecture and urbanism.
Together with Olaf Grawert, Nikolaus Hirsch and Christopher Roth, he was one of the curators of 2038, the German Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale.
ABOUT OLAF GRAWERT
Olaf Grawert (*1987) plans, writes and talks about architecture. He is interested in the political and economic conditions of spatial production. He works collaboratively between Berlin and Zurich, in a close network of people and institutions, developing architectural projects between theory and practice: from campaigns, exhibitions, publications and films to teaching and buildings.
Olaf is partner at 2038 and b+ (Berlin), co-editor of What is Architecture? and teacher at station+, Department of Architecture, ETH (Zurich). Together with artist and director Christopher Roth, they produced several films amongst others The Property Drama and Architecting after Politics. In 2019, he was appointed one of the curators of the German Pavillon at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale: "2038 - The New Serenity", is a retrospective show that uses film and fiction, to (story)tell the systems behind architecture. (on show until Nov. 2021)