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Berlin / New York Dialogues
Start Date 08/11/2007
End Date 05/01/2008
Location Berlin & New York 
Country United States 
Description Two of the world’s most dynamic urban centers, Berlin and New York City, are making radical transformations in their streets and skylines. The purpose of Berlin/New York Dialogues is to investigate the current conditions, the processes and the related issues that define urban planning and architecture in these two cities. Through an exploration of mechanisms of urban regeneration Berlin/New York Dialogues examines the similarities and differences between these global cities and, most importantly, focuses on exemplary practices and strategies.

Against a background of urban data Berlin/ New York Dialogues will explore three geographical areas in each city. The exhibition will describe social, political, economic and cultural processes through current works of architecture and urban planning, highlighting themes such as: shrinkage/growth, re-use/ re-appropriation, mobility and sustainability. Projects will include public spaces, housing and neighborhood revitalization, cultural initiatives, waterfront development and temporary interventions at different scales.

A film featuring comments from major decisionmakers and everyday citizens will show how Berliners and New Yorkers feel about their own built environments, capturing the intangibles that make these two locales so compelling.

The exhibition and related programming will explore lessons learned through the crossfertilization of ideas between citizens, policy makers, institutions, and design professionals in Berlin and New York.

Exhibition on view November 8, 2007 - January 5, 2008
In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place in the fall of 2007 celebrating the cultural connectivity between Berlin and New York. Other institutions participating include: The Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, Goethe Institute, the American Academy in Berlin and the World Music Institute.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Center for Architecture’s Global City Dialogues series exploring differences and commonalities between distinctive international cultural centers and New York City.

Organizing Institutions:
Center for Architecture, New York / American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Berlin / Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA.

In cooperation with:
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, New York
Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York

In February 2006 the Center for Architecture launched Berlin / New York Dialogues with a symposium on architecture and urban planning issues in both cities, accompanied by a mobile workshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In a continuation of the dialogue the following events have been scheduled.

Berlin / New York Dialogues
November 8, 2007 – January 5, 2008
Center for Architecture

Monday, November 5, 2007
Urban Design & Memorials
Panel discussion
(In partnership with the German Consulate General in New York) Thursday, November 8, 2007
Exhibition Opening
(VIP Opening with Public Opening to follow)
Center for Architecture

Friday, November 9, 2007
Mobile Workshop
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Saturday, November 10, 2007
Cultural Kapital / Capital Kultur
Exhibition Symposium
Center for Architecture

Sunday, November 11, 2007
Family Day@the Center
Organized by the Center for Architecture Foundation
Center for Architecture

Berlin / New York Dialogues

March 7 – June, 2008
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ)

Friday, March 7, 2008
Exhibition Opening
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum

Saturday/ Sunday March 8/9, 2008
Exhibition Symposium; Public Space
Akademie der Künste
Mobile Workshops will take place during these days.


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