RADICAL MODERN_ 01 JAPAN
Berlin Avantgarde and its International Interactions
In the lecture and discussion series Berlin Avant-garde and its International Interactions, the Association of German Architects Berlin (BDA) shall examine the relevance of Classical Modernism. Since the end of the 19th century, Classical Modernism owes much of its development to the debates and buildings that occurred in Berlin. Following the migration abroad and to other cities of its key protagonists, the ideas of Classical modernism returned after 1945 in a changed form and with new specifications, and continues to shape the debates on contemporary architecture in Berlin.
To kick off, the lecture and discussion series, which are jointly supported by the BDA Berlin, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB) and the TU Berlin, will focus on the relationship between Berlin and Japan. It asks the question of how do Japanese architects currently see themselves in relation to Classical Modernism. What influence does contemporary Japanese architecture have on young architects in Berlin? If we consider the significance of Classical Modernism for the development of modern Japanese architecture and, conversely, the influence of Japanese architecture on modernism in Berlin, we are led to the question of what significance does Classical Modernism have for both today?
The lecture series will be held throughout 2018 with talks given by KAIJIMA Momoyo (Studio Bow-Wow) in the spring and ISHIGAMI Jun'ya (Junya.Ishigami + associates) in the fall, two young representatives from the Japanese architectural scene who have established their international reputations with exhibitions at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Heike HANADA and Jörg H. GLEITER
Association of German Architects (BDA)