Arno Brandlhuber Brandlhuber+
From 1992 on he initiated several project- and office partnerships. During this period numerous projects and publications were realized, including the projects Neanderthal Museum (Mettmann, 1996), Kölner Brett (Cologne, 2000), and Crystal (Copenhagen, 2006). In 2006, he founded Brandlhuber+ as an architecture office dedicated to the idea of collaboration with other practices, discplines, and individuals.
Expanding on the idea of collaboration, he started the ongoing practice of Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon with built projects such as Brunnenstrasse 9 (Berlin, 2009), the Antivilla (Krampnitz, 2014), and St. Agnes (Berlin, 2015); currently working on LoBe, a mixed use housing project in Berlin, and a private art collection. Furthermore he is collaborating with Muck Petzet, working on the Tacheles project; Christian Kerez & Muck Petzet working on the Spreestudios; Michalski&Wagner on projects in Sicily and Sam Chermayeff on projects in Berlin.
Arno Brandlhuber taught at several universities and colleges. From 2003 to 2017, he held the chair of architecture and urban research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg and directed the nomadic masters program a42.org. In 2017 Arno Brandlhuber was named professor of architecture and design at the ETH Zurich, where he teaches and researches new methods of architectural production and representation in architecture and media, through the tool of TV. He was a guest professor at several universities including TU Vienna, Harvard Graduate School of Design and others.
Besides his building practice he is researching the transition of spatial organization and production in German history, focusing specifically on the Berlin Republic. As part of this research he put on several exhibitions and publications including „Von der Stadt der Teile zur Stadt der Teilhabe“, „The Dialogic City: Berlin wird Berlin“ and others.
In recent years Arno Brandlhuber’s practice has been dedicated to the idea of legislation in architecture as a main factor for the built environment. This mindset resulted in ongoing investigations, both built and theoretical, such as the ARCH+ issue titled Legislating Architecture and the 2016 film Legislating Architecture, made in collaboration with director and film maker Christopher Roth.
Together they formulated the second chapter The Property Drama which premiered at he 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The film provoked a vivid political discussion resulting in an ARCH+ issue on the topic of property and land tenure, as well as an travelling-exhibition starting in November 2018 at the V-A-I.
His work was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 & 2016.
Since 2015 in alternating collaborations with ARCH+ Zeitschrift für Architektur und Urbanismus, Brandlhuber+, MakeCity Berlin, Christopher Roth and many others. In his work he deals with the economization and marketing of space and possible strategies for the re-popularization of architecture.
Together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth he worked on the films The Property Drama (2017) and Architecting after Politics (2018) as well as the touring exhibition Legislating Architecture – Architecting after Politics, which premiered at the VAI Dornbirn in autumn 2018 and since then is traveling through Europe.
Grawert was a guest lecturer and speaker at various universities and colleges, including the Joint Master of Architecture Suisse, the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, the Hong Kong School of Architecture and the TU Vienna. Since 2017, he has been a research assistant at ETH Zurich, where he has set up and operated the architecture online TV station+ together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth.
Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect, curator, editor, and educator. Since autumn 2020 he is the Artistic Director of the architecture museum CIVA in Brussels, and previously was the Dean of Städelschule and Director of Portikus in Frankfurt.
He has taught at the Architectural Association in London, Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaften at Giessen University, HfG Karlsruhe, Penn University in Philadelphia, and Columbia University in New York. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue, Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), unitednationsplaza (with Anton Vidokle), Cybermohalla Hub in New Delhi, and “Do We Dream Under The Same Sky“ (Art Basel, LUMA Arles).
Hirsch curated numerous exhibitions at Portikus, and „ErsatzStadt“ at Volksbühne Berlin (2005), “Cultural Agencies” (Istanbul, 2009/10), “Folly” for the Gwangju Biennale (2013), “Housing Question” at the HKW in Berlin (2015).
He is the author of the books “On Boundaries” (2007), "Institution Building" (2009), “Cybermohalla Hub” (2012), co-editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press and co-founder of e-flux architecture.
Photography by Armin Linke.