Welcome to our first Virtual Conference on Brutal Different

A binational virtual conference on the handling of and the opportunities presented by Brutalist Architecture in Israel and North Rhine-Westphalia

Wednesday, January 12,  2022  10:00 am to 16:00 pm (cest)      11:00 am – 17:00 israel time

Big, dark and almost ugly – these are just some of the words used to describe Brutalist architecture. But are these really accurate desriptions?

Brutal – Different is a binational project between Israel and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany to discuss the giants of modernity.

Both Israel and North Rhine-Westphalia have an extensive heritage in the Brutalist style. However, these buildings and urban plans are highly controversial in both countries. Experts in both countries have therefore begun to raise public awareness of the historical, aesthetic, and social significance of these structures and to engage in an open exchange. A comparison of the handling of the buildings in the two countries will create an open space to learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives. We will learn about the genesis of this architectural movement, analyse urban planning and unique architectural qualities and debate current acceptance and handling, redevelopment and possible adaptations to make Brutalist architecture more sustainable.

Exciting experts from Israel and Germany will share their expertise with us. In discussions, lectures, and roundtables we will learn more about similarities and differences of German and Israeli Brutalism.

The Conference will be the beginning of a multi-year exchange program on building culture in both countries.

 

Among the speakers

Dr.stephan Holthoff - Pförtner

Minister for Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Prof. Isaac A. Meir

Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Gil Yaron

Director - Office of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia for Economy, Science, Education, Youth and Culture in Israel

Peter Köddermann

Managing Director Program Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen

Prof. Christoph Grafe

University of Wuppertal

Dr. Karin Berkemann

Theologian and art historian M.A. Curator of the Dalman Collection at the University of Greifswald

Arch. Anat Barlovitch

Representing Planning Administration- National Conservation team

Prof. Daniel Lohmann

Professor of Architectural History and Design at TH Köln

Tamar Tuchler

Vice President and Director of the Tel Aviv District and the International Relations Department, the Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

Dr. Hadas Shadar

Urban planner, researcher of public housing patterns

V.Prof. Dr. Alexandra Apfelbaum

Chair of the board of the Initiative Ruhrmoderne and the Deutscher Werkbund NRW

Dr. Martin Bredenbeck

Inventory department at LVR Office for Monument Preservation in the Rhineland

Arch. Rotem Zeevi

Director of the building conservation department, Beer Sheva Municipality

Arch. Sharon Golan

Content Manager, LEIBLING HOUSE

Arch. Moshe Shapiro

Israel Planning Administration

Arch. Amnon Rechter

Arch. Dana Gordon

Dr. Jeremie Hoffman

Heritage Conservation Israel

Arch. Ariel Goshen

Goshen Architects

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Yasemin Utku

Urban planner and architect, University of Cologne

Brutal Different Agenda

11:00am-5:00pm – Israeli time

*To download and print the agenda, click here

 

MAIN ROOM

Brutalistic Architecture – Global Issues

11:00 am

Welcoming and Introduction
Dr. Karin Berkemann, moderneREGIONAL

11:10 am

About the project

Dr. Gil Yaron Director – Office of the State of NRW for Economy, Science, Education, Youth and Culture in Israel
Peter Köddermann Managing Director Program Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen
Rotem Zevi Managing Director of the Department of Conservation in Be’er Sheva Municipality

11:25 am

Greetings

Greetings

Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner Minister for Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Tamar Tuchler Vice President and Director of the International Relations Department, the Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

Anat Barlovitch Planning Administration

11:37 am

Keynote. The Rediscovery of Brutalist Architecture in Germany
Dr. Karin Berkemann 

12:05 pm

Brutalist architecture: definition, period and characteristics
Dr. Jeremie Hoffman, Heritage Conservation Israel

 

12:30 am – Break 15 Minutes

12:45 pm

Monumental heritage – Dealing with brutalist architecture?

12:50 pm

Brutalism as a subject of monument protection. How to reason and preserve its characteristics
Dr. Martin Bredenbeck
Monument preservation Rhineland

1:10 pm

Rechter’s Brutalist buildings in Tel Aviv
Amnon Rechter & Dana Gordon 

1:25 pm

Joint discussion with Dr. Bredenbeck, Amnon Rechter, Dana Gordon and Questions via Chat

 

1:40 pm – Break 30 Minutes

 

2:10 pm

Brutalist architecture – adaptive reuse

2:15 pm

Umbaukultur – adaptive reuse of post-war architectural heritage
Prof. Christoph Grafe, University of Wuppertal

2:35 pm

Brutalist architecture in the Negev Desert: A critical climatic perspective
Prof. Isaac Meir, Israel

2:50 pm

Joint discussion with Prof. Grafe, Prof. Meir and Questions via Chat 

 

3:05 pm – Break 10 Minutes

 

3:15 pm

Brutalist architecture – a challenge for communication

3:20 pm

University Buildings: Space for Education
The Ruhr-University Bochum
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Apfelbaum

3:40 pm

Brutalism in student discourse
Prof. Dr. Daniel Lohmann, Technische Hochschule Cologne

4:00 pm

Big beautiful Buildings?
Peter Köddermann, Baukultur NRW

4:15 pm

Joint discussion with Prof. Lohmann, Peter Köddermann and Questions via Chat 

4:30 pm

Short reflection, thanks and good bye
Gil Yaron, Peter Köddermann, Rotem Zevi

5:00 pm – END

 

ZOOM ROOM

Brutalistic Architecture and City Planning:
In Be’er Sheva and Wulfen

12:45 pm

Opening: Arch.Rotem Zevi

12:48 pm

Be’er Sheva: The city of brutalism & the Heritage list of the city
Arch. Rotem Zevi 

1:10 pm

Citybuilding in the desert: Be‘er Scheva,
between international and vernacular arab architecture
Dr. Hadas Shadar 

1:30 pm

New City of Wulfen – a contribution to modernity
Prof. Yasemin Utku, TU Cologne

1:45 pm

Joint discussion and Questions to Dr. Hadas Shadar, Arch Rotem Zevi, Prof. Utku and the audience

2:10 pm – Break 20 Minutes

 

2:30 pm

Beer-Sheva’s urban development, population, and culture from a historical-geography perspective
Arch. Moshe Shapiro

2:50 pm

“The Block”: New buildings – Near The “Negev Center” in Be’er Sheva
Arch. Ariel Goshen

2:50 pm

“The Block”: New buildings – Near The “Negev Center” in Be’er Sheva
Arch. Ariel Goshen

3:30 pm – Break 10 Minutes

 

3:30 pm

The LEIBLING HOUSE as a model of communication with the city & with the community regarding heritage and buildings 
Arch. Sharon Golan

3:40 pm

The LEIBLING HOUSE as a model of communication with the city & with the community regarding heritage and buildings
Arch. Sharon Golan

4:00 pm   

Joint discussion and Questions to Arch. Sharon Golan and the audience

4:10 pm – END

 

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Registration

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The recognition as an educational event has been applied for at the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia

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