Destination Berlin

Strategies of Arrival Architecture

The Berlinische Galerie is hosting a one-day festival about refugees and architecture entitled Destination Berlin: Strategies of Arrival Architecture. The event is built around discursive formats, the voices of refugees and visitor participation. The museum will look beyond artistic issues and become a place of political and sociocultural exchange.

With contributions from: Firas Alshater (author, Berlin); Halil Altındere (artist, Istanbul); Sally Below (urban strategy consultant, sbca, Berlin), Andrea Hofmann (architect, Raumlabor, Berlin); Barbara Caveng (artist, KUNSTASYL, Berlin); René Kreichauf (sociologist and urban planner, Berlin, Brüssel); Sven Lager (Refugio Sharehaus, Berlin); Aymen Montasser (architect, KUNSTASYL, Berlin); Lessano Negussie (German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt am Main); Ralf Pasel (architect, Home not Shelter!, Technische Universität Berlin); Psychotalk (Alexander Waschkau, Sven Rudloff, Sebastian Bartoschek, podcasters, Hamburg, Herne and Düsseldorf) with Alexa Waschkau (ethnologist, Hamburg); Dachil Sado (student at Weissensee Academy of Art, KUNSTASYL, Berlin); Bastian Sevilgen (architect, dreigegeneinen); Bernhard Strecker (urban planner, Berlin).

A welcoming address will be given by Thomas Köhler, Director of the Berlinische Galerie.

Sessions will be presented by trainee curators at the Berlinische Galerie: Kathrin Aurich, Greta Kühnast, Kim Mildebrath, Friederike Nitz and Julia Schubert.

The events will be held in German or English.

As a city, Berlin has always been a point of arrival for numerous refugees. Urban planners and architects need to come up with structural and social solutions that respond to the diversity among migrants and the uncertain duration of their stay. The trainee curators at the Berlinische Galerie have organised a bilingual festival devoted to the issues associated with arriving in a new place and finding somewhere to live. The programme has been put together with input from the initiators of innovative refugee projects. There will be discussions about architectural strategies for Berlin to date, the plans for tomorrow, and whether the projects implemented so far encourage the social integration and self-empowerment of refugees. Apart from panel debates with newcomers and experts, there will be talks by artists, film screenings, a live podcast and guided tours through the urban space.

The one-day festival aims to provide a platform, within the ever-changing landscape of art and architecture in Berlin, for newcomers, architects, urban planners, artists and researchers. The event is being supported by the campaign groups Kunstasyl and Start with a Friend.

More about the programme here

Admission free. Please register by 3 May 2017 via


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Landesmuseum für Moderne
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