Concise presentations jumpstart an interdisciplinary exchange between peers, involving a public audience. Our public debates are not about showcasing portfolios. Instead, key figures from architecture, planning, research, governance, industry, civil society and the arts take on topics ranging from climate change to the social fragmentation of our societies, anchored in the discussion of the built environment. ANCB’s public debates aim at generating an understanding of the complex issues our cities and regions are facing today.
Common public debates at ANCB are:
Lab Talk: Two-hour evening talks – as one-off events or a series – consisting of 3-4 short presentations and a moderated discussion involving an interdisciplinary panel
Symposium: All-day events consisting of several panels
Exhibition Talk: Lectures and discussions in conjunction with Aedes exhibitions
Book Presentation: Book launches with talks involving the protagonists of the publication and a book sale
The most frequent workshops at ANCB are University Design Studios, where students from ANCB’s international partner universities and their teachers explore a globally relevant topic through specific case study sites and/or building typologies in Berlin over a two to eight-week period. Thus, the studios reflect the city’s rich diversity of form, scale, public spaces and discourses. The workshops are enriched with lectures and urban tours tailored to the specific topic and the outcomes are presented to our local network. The suggested subjects are derived from the programme at ANCB.
Other workshop formats at ANCB include:
Round Table: Closed expert colloquia preparing public debates or deepening their outcomes
Metro Lab: Workshops with students or young professionals lasting up to a week in combination with a public debate
Junior Campus: Workshops to introduce children and youth to the perception of architecture and urban space and to foster an interest in design through cultural education and aesthetic development.
ANCB and a partner from industry, governance or research collaboratively explore a particular architectural or urban question over a one to three-year period with bespoke enquiry formats including a combination of lab talks, symposia, design studios, round tables and publications.
Recent examples include:
Towards a Healthy City with UN Studio
Mobilising the Periphery with the Schindler Transit Management Group
Craftsmanship in the Digital Age with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab and Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau (BBSR)
Publications & Outputs
ANCB collects, edits and shares the processes, ideas and proposals created in its programme and invites others to contribute their experience. A unique knowledge resource, the ANCB archive includes publications, research reports and video recordings.