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About
About

Biennial Platform

The «Architekturwoche Basel» (AWB) is a biennial platform for architecture and urban development organized by the «Architektur Dialoge Basel» foundation. The AWB took place for the first time from May 9–15, 2022. Under the artistic direction of Chrissie Muhr, AWB 2022 dedicated its inaugural year to the theme of «Real Spaces» — and thus to the question of how globalization, digitalization, migration, climate change and the pandemic spatially influence our living space and everyday life.

The program with over 100 lectures, guided tours, workshops, exhibitions, films, concerts and performances was aimed at a broad public in the trinational agglomeration of Basel.

AWB 2024

The second issue of AWB is dedicated to the transformations and dynamics of the urban environment which provides us with comfort and security. It sheds light on what is mostly invisible in the city — what is not seen and not cared for in the same way as what is visible in the city. AWB 24 aims to understand these invisible forces on our built environment and use them as tools for a realignment of architecture. AWB 24 makes this visible through walks, bike tours, readings, dialogues, exhibitions, and podcasts.

Among these invisible forces are analog and digital infrastructures, our water veins, food and energy production, waste, data, our history, pedology, administrative boundaries, statistical data, biotopes, and climate analyses — all crucial parameters that we must consider when thinking about our current and future presence in the built city.

 

The transformation of existing buildings takes time. A different mindset and perspective on what is valuable is required. Architectural thinking is central when it comes to steering this transformation. In Switzerland, it still seems easier and cheaper to demolish a building than to work with existing structures. Sustainable conceptual decisions are the key to reducing the significant environmental impact of the construction industry; therefore, a shift in awareness towards existing structures is needed.

The essential need to place these themes at the center of architecture lies in achieving a social and cultural impact strengthened by a certain restraint towards construction, an ecological conscience, and the desire to overcome the immobility of architecture.

Background

Basel is the architectural capital of Switzerland. In the trinational area along the Rhine, architecture is practiced, built and lived, and numerous internationally active architectural offices are based here. In order to further develop and showcase the great potential of building culture, expertise and enthusiasm in the city and surrounding region, the «Architektur Dialoge Basel» foundation has initiated the «Architekturwoche Basel».

About Architektur Dialoge

Since its establishment in 2006, the «Architektur Dialoge Basel» foundation has sought to bring contemporary architecture to a wider audience and promote dialogue about the built environment. With its online agenda, the foundation provides information about its own architectural events as well as the wealth of offers from other institutions in northwestern Switzerland, south Baden and Alsace.

www.architekturdialoge.ch

 

Management

Anneke Abhelakh
Künstlerische Leitung

Anneke Abhelakh is a curator, educator and researcher who has developed tools for collective narration and reflection on architecture in various institutions in Rotterdam (NAi, OMA/AMO), Delft (the Berlage) and Zurich (ETH D-ARCH) in order to bridge the gap between architecture and society.

Wolfgang Hockenjos
Organisatorische Leitung

Wolfgang Hockenjos is a senior art, design and communication expert with a wide-ranging international and local network and many years of experience in strategic communication of contemporary culture.

Artistic Advisory Board

Marianne Goebl

Managing Director Artek

Prof. Dr. Silke Langenberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. of Architecture, Professor ETHZ Construction Heritage and Preservation

Stefan Marbach

Architect, Senior Partner Herzog & de Meuron

Ludovica Molo

Architect, Partner studio we architetti, President BSA – FAS, International Institute of Architecture i2a

Prof. Dr. Claudia Perren

Professor and Director HGK FHNW Basel

Andreas Ruby

Director Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Curator, Ruby Press

Esther Baur

Architect, Board Member Architektur Dialoge, Managing Director Open House Basel

Christian W. Blaser

Architect, Initiator of the Architekturwoche Basel
President and Board Member of Architektur Dialoge

Structure

Christian W. Blaser

Architect, Initiator of the Architekturwoche Basel; President and Member of the Board of Architektur Dialoge Basel

Anneke Abhelakh

Artistic Director

Wolfgang Hockenjos

Operations Director

Patronage

Valentin Bearth
Roger Boltshauser
Mario Botta
Andreas Bründler
Heinrich Degelo
Dr. Eva Herzog
Dr. Beat von Wartburg
Max Dudler
Christoph Gantenbein
Annette Gigon
Harry Gugger
Herzog & de Meuron
Brandenberger Kloter
Jan Krarup
Paola Maranta
Daniele Marques
Meinrad Morger
Christian Mutschler
Proplaning
RAPP-Gruppe
Raoul Rosenmund
Dominique Salathé
Manuel Scholl
Samuel Schultze
Luca Selva