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Toward an "open architecture"

Open Architecture

Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87


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    April 2018
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    • A new perspective on IBA Berlin
    • Architecture, research and politics: a path-breaking event
    • Architectural history of current relevance

    Aims and Scope

    The International Building Exhibition 1984/87 in Berlin constitutes one of the most remarkable examples to discuss "open architecture". Almost 10,000 dwellings were constructed or restored in the Kreuzberg districts adjacent to the Berlin Wall, inhabited about halfway by immigrants. The renowned author Esra Akcan, related in many ways to Turkey, Berlin and the USA, narrates the history and reverberations of this architectural-political event.


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    Esra Akcan, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Cornell University, NY, USA

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