Friday, July 25 | 5 p.m.
Osthang campus: hall
Welcome address by the Lord Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch, Lectures by Cornelia Zuschke (Darmstadt), Karsten Wiegand (Darmstadt) & Yoshiharu Tsukamoto / Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo)
Job done: Participants and teams of architects from the Experimental Building Summer School built the structures for the Osthang Project, which for the following three weeks international and local guests can use for events. Dignitaries from architecture, politics, and culture have been invited to the official opening ceremony, conducted by Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch, at which they will examine topics such as ‘Culture as a driving force behind urban development’ and ‘Planning processes between experiment and mission statement’ with regard to Darmstadt, as well as in a larger context.
Those attending include the architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto from Tokio, the new Director General of Staatstheater Darmstadt Karsten Wiegand, and the new Head of the Department of Building and Transport in Darmstadt, Cornelia Zuschke.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is part of the Japanese architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow. Its portfolio of world renown includes over 40 residences, public buildings and countless installations. A key element of its work: urban design analyses and theoretical writings on urban micro and pop-up architectures. Together with ConstructLab Atelier Bow-Wow will be in charge of the events hall for the Osthang Project.
Karsten Wiegand, 42, was Director of Opera at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar from 2008 until 2013. As of the 2014-15 season he will be Director General of Staatstheater Darmstadt. He sees theater as a place where actions can be put to the test. Portraying contrary ways of looking at the world and the friction between them is intended to provide impetus for cities and the contexts in which they operate.
Cornelia Zuschke, between 2000 and 2014 Head of Municipal Planning and Building in Fulda, took up office as Head of the Department of Building and Transport in June. As a qualified architect the public domain is particularly close to her heart, as for her that is what has the potential to upgrade a city. She places particular emphasis on quality and building culture. She regards building as a process in which criticism and involvement is more than welcome, and indeed considered productive.
Parts of the event will be in English.