Thursday, November 01, 2012
12:30pm - 02:00pm
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Stubbins (Room 112), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
A presentation by Philipp Oswalt, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard GSD.
Oswalt, an architect, was born in 1964 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and lives in Berlin and Dessau. From 1988 to 1994 he edited the architectural journal "Arch+", and worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam with Rem Koolhaas from 1996-1997. He held the role of Visiting Professor for Design at the Technical University Cottbus from 2000 to 2002, and since 2006 has been Professor for Architecture Theory and Design at Kassel University.
In 1998 he won the international competition for the design of the memorial site of the former women's concentration camp at Ravensbrück (1st phase realized), and earned second place for the international competition for the temporary design of the Schlossareal Berlin in 2006. From 2001 to 2003 Oswalt acted as Initiator and Coordinator of the European Research project ‘Urban Catalysts’ on temporality in urban space, financed by the European Commission (the ‘City of Tomorrow’ program). He was the Chief Curator of the international Research and Exhibition Project ‘Shrinking Cities’ for the German Cultural Foundation from 2002 to 2008, co-curator of Volkspalast 2004 (a cultural use of the former Palast der Republik Berlin). Since 2009 he has directed the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Refreshments will be served prior to the talk.