atelier le balto (Le Havre/Berlin) & Andre Dekker / Observatorium (Rotterdam)
«place and use»
Thursday, July 10 | 7 p.m.
Osthang campus: hall
Berlin-based landscape planning collective atelier le balto presents their ideas of lending obsolete areas to new identities. As their project ‘Diaspora Garden’ at Daniel Liebeskind’s Academy of the Jewish Museums Berlin shows, le balto’s gardens are not just arenas for social interaction but also calm oasises for letting time pass by.
atelier le balto’s approach is responded by Andre Dekker from the Dutch artist group Observatorium. This Rotterdam based group, founded in 1997, creates monuments, installations, (landscape) architecture et.al. on site of transit areas in order to give them new meanings. Waste lands, urban wilderness and suburbia is where the artists – together with the residents of the site – introduce an investigative and a pioneering use of public places. In Germany Observatorium is mainly known for their temporary bridge ‘Waiting for the River’ for the Emscherkunst art exposition as well as for the design of ‘Zollverein pavilons’ in Essen.
The Dinner Talk is in English and accessible to the public. Listening the Dinner Talks is free, but for a dinner please pay 10 € on the site.
Osthang dialogs as dinner talks: There will be five public presentation and debating evenings, where at each two of the architects collectives will present their ideas on experimental building, reflect on the architectural cultural heritage of the Mathildenhöhe and put their joint effort for the Osthang Project up for debate. The dialogs enable all the locals and anyone interested to actively take part in the Osthang Project building process. There will also be keynotes by architects and theorists on experimental building and the Mathildenhöhe artists’ colony.