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Ten Strategies for Architecture in Hamburg's MK&G
German Centre for Architecture, Berlin 2020 Photo: Leon Lenk Photography

The world is built on, even if there are still small and large gaps here and there. Can it be creative to stop building? Is it sometimes even better to do nothing? In view of the climate crisis, what may seem like a contradiction turns out to be the urgent plea of the Association of German Architects (BDA) for a cautious and preserving approach to existing buildings. The exhibition “Care for the stock. Ten Strategies for Architecture” at the MK&G from 2 December 2022 to 5 March 2023 presents corresponding ideas and approaches to solutions. Within the framework of the exhibition, architects and urbanists formulate their concern for existing buildings, demand respect for evolved social structures and plead for responsible use of the earth’s resources.

Ten strategies and ten project examples are intended to show how this can be achieved, pointing to the working methods, attitudes and expertise of the architects involved. There are almost 27 million buildings of different ages and functions in Germany. Even if these are unequally distributed between growing and shrinking regions and differ in the quality of their building fabric, this is still an abundant building mass for further building. In the ten strategies, the exhibition makers take the living space of people and evolved architecture seriously as narrative cultural treasures and seek a balance between social and economic interests. A plea is made for further thinking and mindful repair of living spaces and living cultures. How do new perspectives emerge in the urban and regional context through networked approaches, through public welfare-oriented cooperation and through participation concepts? On display are drawings, photographs, graphics, audio and video contributions as well as a documentary film. The accompanying publication offers in-depth information.

The exhibition and publication were curated for the BDA by Olaf Bahner, Matthias Böttger and Laura Holzberg. The project was launched in 2020 at the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ in Berlin and has since been shown as a touring exhibition throughout Germany. The presentation in Hamburg is the seventh stop. Accompanying the exhibition, the BDA Hamburg invites visitors to lectures and discussions on thematic issues.

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