Friday, July 11 | 7 p.m.
Osthang campus (7 p.m.)
Westside of Mathildenhöhe (9 p.m.)
» an event staged by Darmstädter Architektursommer e. V. in cooperation with BDA Darmstadt
Topping-out ceremony and guided tours of the Osthang site, Presentation Gerhard Schweizer’s installation ‘A stopping place on the road of becoming’
Kick-off event Welcome address by the Lord Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch, introduction by Kerstin Schultz and Thomas Schäfer, followed by a lecture by Werner Durth: ’Stimulated by Darmstadt. The Impact of the Artists’ Colony’
The topping-out ceremony will be held on the Osthang five days after the start of the summer school. The basic frames for the five modules are in place, and Gerhard Schweizer’s installation ‘A stopping place on the road of becoming’ will be presented to the public. The individual teams of tutors will conduct guided tours of the building site.
Following a welcome address by the Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch and an introduction by the two artistic directors of the Osthang Project, Kerstin Schultz and Thomas Schäfer, Werner Durth, Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at Darmstadt University and a member of the Association of German Architects (BDA) will deliver a lecture. Looking back a century, he will portray a panorama of experimental construction, in which pioneering impetuses for the development of modern architecture and urban planning become evident.
The exhibition ‘Ein Dokument deutscher Kunst’ [A Document of German Art] in 1901 made Darmstadt a center of the European life reform movement, which as of 1907 the German Werkbund adopted and promoted. At the same time as the last exhibition at the artists’ colony in Darmstadt was being held, in May 1914 the major Werkbund exhibition in Cologne was opened, Based on that in Darmstadt, in 1927 the experimental Weißenhof estate project in Stuttgart, the second ‘Internationale Bauausstellung’ (IBA) [International Building Exhibition[ followed. With a focus on ‘masterful structures’ by prominent architects, the 1951 ‘Darmstädter Gespräch’ series of discussions, the topic of which was ‘Mensch und Raum’ [People and Space] provided important impetus for the discourse about the future building culture in German and prompted the ‘Internationale Bauausstellung’ in Berlin in 1957. At the next building exhibitions as well topics of discussion included serious problems emanating from a changing society, and visionary designs; the IBA in Heidelberg is currently looking into the potential the city offers.