EVENTS, LECTURES, SYMPOSIUM: Water - Curse or Blessing!?

Encouraging Architectural Projects in Asia-Pacific

September 9 and 10, 2011



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  • Preparing for the Water Talks: Ulla Giesler, Curator/Aedes
    with RI Jun Hyok & RI IL O from DPRK

  • Exhibition participants and panelists: Daniel Schwabe,
    Synarchitects/Berlin; Sojin Lee, Ateliers Lion/Seoul;
    Robert Stephens, RMA architects/Mumbai; Abhijit Gupta,

  • Michael Roper, RMIT, introducing the panel
    "Urbanization & Water"...

  • ...which he later on moderated

  • Coffee break in the courtyard of the Pfefferberg

  • Aine Ryan/ANCB, Harsh Purohit/Cognito India &
    Ulla Giesler/Aedes

  • The 2nd panel: Water & Climate Change, moderated
    by Koos Wieriks (Netherlands Embassy Berlin),
    included contributions from Robert Stephens (RMA
    architects), Richard Black (RMIT) & Abhijit Gupta (KHOJ)

  • Robert Stephens from RMA architects/Mumbai
    presenting the project "Hathi Gaon" in India

  • Richard Black/RMIT presenting his study "Tidal Garden"

  • Richard Black, RMIT (project: Tidal Garden) &
    Koos Wieriks, Netherlands Embassy Berlin

  • Ulla Giesler, Aedes

  • Panel 3 "Cultural Behaviour and Water", moderated
    by Eduard Kögel/Berlin with input from Taeman Kim,
    HAEAHN/Seoul, Pu Miao, Miao Design/Shanghai, RI
    Jun Hyok, Pyongyang & Harsh Purohit, Cognito/Vadodara

  • Pu Miao/Miao Design Shanghai

  • Conclusions of Harsh Purohit, Cognito/Vadodara

EVENTS, LECTURES, SYMPOSIUM: Water - Curse or Blessing!?

All events are part of the exhibition project Water-Curse or Blessing!?
A project of Aedes East e.V.  Curator: Ulla Giesler

More images of the Aedes-events are available here.


September 9, 4:30PM; contact: Aine Ryan
As part of the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) talk series „Design and Politics“,
in cooperation with Henk Ovink, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands
•    Edzo Bindels, Partner, West 8, Rotterdam
•    Paula Verhoeven, Director Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Rotterdam
•    Dieter Grau, Architect/Urban planner, Atelier Dreiseitl, Überlingen
•    Han Meyer, Senior Lecturer of Architecture, TU Delft
Invited peers:
•    Richard Black Founding partner, Times Two Architects; senior lecturer Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
•    RI Il O Architect, Paektusan Architecture Academy, Pyongyang, (on invitation of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation)
•    Pu Miao Miao Design, Shanghai/Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Hawaii
•    Reiner Nagel Head of Urban Planning and Urban Spaces Division, Senate for Urban Development, Berlin
•    Harsh Purohit Sustainable Campaigner, Cognito India, Vadodara
•    Daniel Schwabe Architect, Synarchitects, Berlin and Beijing
•    Antje Stokman Landscape Architect, Leader of Landscape Planning and Ecology Institute, University of Stuttgart
•    Koos Wieriks Counsellor for Infrastructure & Environment, Dutch Embassy in Berlin

OPEN-WATER Exhibition Opening
September 9, 2011, 7:00PM
•   Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss Director/Aedes
•   Dr. Rainer Seider European and International Co-operation / Ministry for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues, Berlin
•   Haewon Shin Architect/Lokaldesign, Seoul
•   Harsh Purohit Sustainable Campaigner/Cognito, Vadodara
•   Ulla Giesler Curator/Aedes

September 10, 12:00PM - 3:30PM; contact: Ulla Giesler
Lectures, statements and presentations will illustrate the relations between climate change and the challenges for water-related architectural and urban planning projects.

Welcome: Ulla Giesler Aedes, Berlin

Rapid Urbanisation and Water (12pm -1pm)
moderator: Michael Roper
•    Songsuda Adhibai S+PBA, Bangkok
•    Daniel Schwabe Synarchitects, Berlin/Beijing
•    Ross Brewin Monash University, Melbourne
•    Haewon Shin Lokaldesign, Seoul; Sojin Lee, Ateliers Lion Seoul, Seoul; Wongwoon Yoon, Jegong Architects, Seoul

Climate Change and Water (1.30pm -2.30pm)
moderator: Koos Wieriks
•    Robert Stephens RMA architects, Mumbai/Boston
•    Richard Black Times Two Architects/RMIT, Melbourne
•    Abhijit Gupta KHOJ Kolkata, Kolkata

Cultural Behaviour and Water (2.30pm - 3.30pm)
moderator: Eduard Koegel
•    Taeman Kim HAEAHN Architecture, Seoul
•    Pu Miao University of Hawaii, Honolulu
•    RI Jun Hyok Paektusan Architecture Academy, Pyongyang (on invitation of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation)
•    Harsh Purohit Cognito India, Vadodara

Students of Marcel-Breuer-School, Berlin, are presenting their conclusions of their project on water, urbanization and climate change; contact: Ulla Giesler

The Asia-Pacific Weeks are supported by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (DKLB).

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Zumtobel, Carpet Concept, Busch Jaeger, AXOR hansgrohe, Goethe Institute, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Australian Embassy Berlin. The presentation of Sichang-Road Tea House by Miao Design Studio was partially supported by the Developer of the project: Kunshan City Construction Investment & Development Co., Ltd (Kcid), Kunshan, China.