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Shaping contested projects for tomorrow’s metropolis

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9 April 2013 10:00-18:30 Pariser Platz 

Northeastern University’s School of Architecture, in collaboration with the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, is hosting an international conference on the changing relationship of public participation to architecture and urban design in Boston and Berlin. Drawing on the expertise of architects, developers, journalists, and other stakeholders, this event will focus on this under-studied aspect design in our age. There has been significant growth of public participation in decisions affecting the architecture since the 1960s in Boston, and since German reunification in the 1990s, an extraordinary number of large urban design choices made in Berlin. The experiences of these two cities, however, have been very different, and each provides useful insights into a way forward as the collective challenges of identity, historical character, environmental performance, and economic viability. The all-day conference will be divided into three panels; one on establishing criteria, methods, and processes for public review, a second on the experiences of Boston, and a third on the controversies of Berlin.

Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. George Thrush, FAIA
Director, School of Architecture, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wilfried Wang
Deputy Director, Architecture Section, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; O’Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin


Frank Barkow
Co-founder and Partner of Barkow Leibinger, Berlin

Christoph Breit
Member of the local initiative Bürgerinitiative 100% Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin

Ruth Conroy Dalton

Kaye Geipel

David Hacin, FAIA
President, Hacin + Associates, Boston

Theresa Keilhacker
Chair in the Committee for Sustainable Planning and Building in Architektenkammer Berlin

Tim Love
Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Architecture/Founding principal of Utile, Boston

Paul McMorrow
Associate editor at CommonWealth Magazine, Boston


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