Upcoming: The Invisible Street
6 May - 11 June 2022
The street – once an essential element of the city and a spatial manifestation of the versatility and intensity of urban life – receives little attention in architecture and urban planning today. While the reconstruction of European streetscapes into car-oriented cities, especially after 1945, is being reassessed in many places, alternative uses and designs remain seldom. VOGT Landscape Architects supports this paradigm shift and expands earlier considerations to include the street as a central space for planning climate-adapted, sustainable, livable cities.
But what is a street? The exhibition addresses this question through a provocative exploration of four examples in cities where VOGT Landscape Architects has its offices: the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Whitechapel Road in London, Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, and Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. For the exhibition, the streets’ condition and characteristics were documented in extensive field trips using magnifying glass and telescope, microphone and camera.
The results are presented so that exhibition visitors also have to go in search of what is not immediately visible. This proverbial “look behind the curtain” reveals unexpected insights into the street as a complex entity, in which space, people, flora, fauna, sounds, and smells mutually influence each other. This concept illustrates the philosophy of VOGT Landscape Architects, whose approach is characterised by an exchange between different disciplines and a knowledge-based design process.
Opening 5 May 2022, 7 PM
Welcome: Ulrich Müller, Architektur Galerie Berlin
Introduction: Christian Schmid, ETH Zürich
Talk 9 June 2022, 7 PM
Silvia Malcovati, FH Potsdam
Lars Müller, Lars Müller Publishers
Günther Vogt, Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten
Karl-Marx-Allee 96, 10243 Berlin
Tuesday – Friday 2 – 7 PM / Saturday 12 – 6 PM