• Andreas Bernard

    (*1969) Professor of Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He studied Literature and Cultural Studies in Munich, and was a research assistant at the universities of Weimar and Konstanz. From 1995 to 2014 he was an editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and since 2014 he is an editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntags- zeitung. He is the author of the books “Kinder machen. Neue Reproduktionstechnologien und die Ordnung der Familie“ (2014), and „Die Geschichte des Fahrstuhls. Über einen beweglichen Ort der Moderne“ (2006).

  • Anh-Linh Ngo

    (*1974) is an architect, author, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of ARCH+, and co-founder of projekt bauhaus. From 2010 to 2016, he was part of the advisory board of the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, for which he developed the traveling exhibition Post-Oil City in 2009.
    He has curated the discussion platform ARCH+ features since 2010. In 2006, he initiated The Making of Your Magazines, which was presented alongside ARCH+ in the journals project at documenta 12.

  • Bernd Scherer

    (*1955) Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The philosopher and author of several publications on aesthetics and international cultural exchange served as director of the Goethe Institute Mexico from 1999 to 2004, and subsequently as director of the Arts Department for the Goethe Institute Head Office in Munich. Previously, Scherer headed the Department of Humanities and Culture at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and served as its deputy director. Since 2011 he has been an honorary professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University of Berlin.

  • Birger P. Priddat

    (*1950), economist and philosopher, is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the University of Witten/Herdecke. His research interest includes institutional economics, the history of the theory of economics, economic philosophy, the future of work and cultural economics. Priddat has published numerous books, including „Wirtschaft durch Kultur“ (2008), „Politik unter Einfluss“ (2009), „Politische Ökonomie. Neue Schnittstellendynamik zwischen Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik (2009), „Wozu Wirtschaftsethik?“ (2010).

  • Boris Groys

    (*1947) is a philosopher, art critic, and media theorist. Groys was born in (East) Berlin and studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Leningrad from 1965- 1971. In 1981, Groys left the USSR and moved to Germany. From 1994, he was a Professor of Art History, Philosophy, and Media Theory at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Since September 2009, he has been Professor at New York University and since 2013 Professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Groys is the author of numerous books, including “The Total Art of Stalinism. Russian Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond” (1992), “The Communist Postscript” (2006), and “Under Suspicion. A Phenomenology of Media” (2012). From January to August 2013 he was the Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Cultural Studies and Media Theory (IKKM), Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.

  • Bureau d'études

    is a collective of French artists who live and work in Saint Menoux (France). Bureau d’études is the initiator of a “zone de gratuité” (free zone) that existed in Paris from March 1999 to September 2000. Over 15 years, the group has developed research on the structures of power and capitalism, sometimes with the writer Brian Holmes Bureau d‘études created the “Laboratory planet” newspaper with Ewen Chardronnet The group lives now in the countryside and works on a 1:1 scale collective project uniting agriculture, the commons and the resymbolization of research

  • Christian Salewski

    (*1974), architect and urban designer, is founder and partner of Christian Salewski & Simon Kretz Architekten GmbH, Zurich, Senior Assistant and Lecturer for Urban Design at ETH Zurich, Lecturer for Urban Design at the University of Liechtenstein, and Lecturer at the University of Zurich and at the University of St. Gallen. Co-founder of the research platform “Airports and Cities”, Salewski is an expert on urbanization processes at and around major airports. He wrote “Dutch New Worlds. Scenarios in Physical Planning and Design in the Netherlands, 1970-2000”, winning the Medal of ETH Zurich 2012 and the IPHS biennial book prize 2014.

  • Franziska Bollerey

    (*1944) Prof. Dr. Emerita of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU Delft, is head of the Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism – IHAAU.
    She is an expert interested in utopian concepts, metropolises, and the 1920s. She has acted as Visiting Professor at various universities worldwide and has published numerous books and articles. She was head of the Bauhaus Scientific Advisory Board of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau until the end of 2013.

  • Gui Bonsiepe

    studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm. Since 1968, he has worked as a designer and consultant for policies of development and industrialization in Latin America. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in software design in California. From 1993 to 2003 he was Professor of Interface Design at the Fachhochschule Köln, and from 2003 to 2005 a Visiting Professor of Integrated Media at the ESDI School of Design in Rio de Janeiro. His most recent publications include “Design, Culture and Society” (2009), and “Do Material ao Digital” (2015).

  • Heinz Bude

    (*1954) studied sociology, philosophy, and psychology. From 1997 to 2015 he headed the “Society of the Federal Republic” at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Since 2000, he has been Professor of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. His research focuses on the development of generations, exclusions, and entrepreneurs.

  • Henk Oosterling

    (*1952) is Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he teaches French contemporary philosophy, intercultural philosophy and philosophy of arts. Oosterling’s research project “Intermediality” focuses on the crossovers between philosophy, art and politics with an emphasis on design. Next to this, he is a strategic advisor for urban revitalisation and renovation and director of Rotterdam Skillcity. Oosterling’s main focus is eco-relational urban design. He will present his ideas on design, combining perspectives from art, philosophy and politics. The main precondition for 21st century sustainable citizenship is, however, mental design.

  • Jan Wenzel

    Supervised editorially among other things the first German publication of Moholy-Nagy’s last work, “vision in motion”. In his role as a publisher in the literary medium he adopts Moholy’s view that design is not a profession, but an approach.

  • Jesko Fezer

    Professor of experimental design at the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) Hamburg and co-founder of the specialised bookstore “Pro qm”. Researches and works in diverse cooperation projects with a focus on the political and social dimensions of design.

  • Jörg Petruschat

    (*1958) is a design theorist and historian, as well as a Professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin. He researches design, the professionalism of design and the decoupling of design and growth.

  • John Grin

    is a Professor of Policy Science at the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on practices of design and governance of system innovations, including the politics of powering, participation and legitimization. He has developed various methods for socio-technical design, including interactive technology assessment, vision assessment and reflexive design. Grin was also co-founder and co-director of the Dutch Knowledge Network on System Innovations and Transitions (2005-2010) and scientific director of the then Amsterdam School of Social science Research (2006-2010). Currently, he is co-director of the Transnational Configurations, Conflicts and Governance program at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Karin Wilhelm

    Professor emeritus for the history and theory of architecture and the city at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Her work has also addressed the Bauhaus and utopian thought in modern architecture.

  • Lara Schrijver

    is Professor of Architecture at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, and was DAAD Guest Professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in 2013-2014. Her research focus is twentieth-century architecture and its theories. Before coming to Antwerp, she taught at Delft University of Technology and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. She was an editor for OASE for ten years, and served four years on the advisory committee of the Netherlands Fund for Architecture. Her work has been published in the Journal of Architecture, Footprint, and Volume. Her book “Radical Games” (2009) was shortlisted for the 2011 CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award.

  • Lilet Breddels

    is an art historian living and working in Amsterdam. She is director of the Archis Foundation, a cultural think tank promoting debate on spatial and urban urgencies, and publisher of Volume Magazine. Archis initiates projects, exhibitions and debates all over the world. Breddels is guest teacher, curator and lecturer mainly on issues dealing with the crossroads of art and architecture and its role in society. Her recent exhibitions include “The Good Cause” (with Arjen Oosterman) which investigates the possible role of architecture and urbanism in post-conflict situations, and “Connected” (with Arjen Oosterman) on the self-made city.

  • Luigi Snozzi

    (*1932) is an influential architect, city planner, and teacher. He has long been a guest lecturer at ETH Zurich, and from 1885 to 2007 was Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne. He began his career at the end of the 1950s by opening his office in Locarno. He is best known for his long-term development of the small town of Monte Carasso. Building is, for him, a public matter, and Snozzi designs with a deep respect for the history of the location. Influenced by his participating in various planning collectives in the early 1970s and the belief that architecture and building always has a political dimension, he has continually sought discussion on every project.

  • Margarete Vöhringer

    is an art historian and Head of the “Visuelles Wissen” research project, as well as “Das Auge im Labor” at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin. The subject of her Ph.D at Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2006 was “Avant-Garde and Industrial Psychology: Science, Art, and Technique in Perception Experiments in the Early Soviet Union”. Her work focuses on the changing relationships between science, art and society, local and global forms of knowledge (particularly between Germany and Russia), practices and materials in knowledge creation, cultural ways of seeing, and the Russian avant-garde.

  • Nikolaus Kuhnert

    Co-publisher of the journal “ARCH+”. Has dealt since the 1970s with the utopian surplus of modernism and has not least cultivated an intensive, long-standing collaboration with theco-founder of HfG Ulm, Otl Aicher.

  • Philipp Oswalt

    (*1964) is an architect, writer, Professor of Architecture Theory and Design at the University of Kassel, as well as an associated investigator at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He worked as an editor of ARCH+ and an architect for OMA in Rotterdam. He was the lead curator of the project Shrinking Cities for the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), and is the co-founder of Urban Catalyst and Volkspalast. From 2009 to 2014, he was director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He lives in Berlin.

  • Plan Bude

    is an interdisciplinary team from Hamburg, working in art, social work, film, music and architecture. PlanBude emerged from the planning of the “St. Pauli selber machen” conference. PlanBude‘s goal was to organize the district‘s participation in the construction
    of the new ESSO-buildings.

  • Reinhold Martin

    Co-publisher of the interdisciplinary journal “Grey Room” and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. There, he is head of both the PhD programme in architectural history and theory and the Buell Centre. In “Utopia’s Ghost”, he dealt with the repercussions of the utopian in architecture.

  • Tomás Saraceno

    (*1973). After attaining his architecture degree at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina, Tomás received postgraduate degrees in art and architecture. In 2009, he attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. The same year Saraceno presented a major installation at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. In recent years, Saraceno’s work has been shown in international solo and group exhibitions in Vienna, Paris, Düsseldorf. His work has also been exhibited in public museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2012) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011-12).

  • Wolfgang Ulrich

    (*1967) studied philosophy, art history, the logic and theory of science, and German studies in Munich, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1994 for his research on Martin Heidigger. He then worked as a freelance author, lecturer, and consultant. From 1997 to 2003, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich; this was followed by a Visiting Professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Between 2006 and 2015 he was Professor of Art History and Media Theory in Karlsruhe. Currently, Ullrich is a freelance writer, cultural theorist, and consultant.

  • Zones Urbaines Sensibles

    The duo Van Boxel and Koreman and their office ZUS work on solicited and unsolicited designs and research in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. A typical result of their proactive methodology is the Test Site Rotterdam, where Van Boxel and Koreman have turned a vacant office block in the middle of Rotterdam into an urban laboratory, now known as the Schieblock. The site is accessed by a 340 meter long wooden pedestrian bridge, the Luchtsingel, that will re-connect separated parts of Rotterdam‘s fragmented city center. Tim Peeters and Jouke Sieswerda of ZUS will participate in the symposium.


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