the city was and always has been a "melting pot" for international development in urban planning and a center for major developments and debates in architecture and planning.
on the one hand, Berlin is a city of classicism with Friedrich Gilly, Carl Ferdinand Langhans, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Peter Joseph Lenné as the romantic representatives. On the other hand it is a city of modernism and experimentation with designs from Peter Behrens, Hans Poelzig, Mies van der Rohe and Hans Scharoun and large social housing schemes from Bruno Taut, Walter Gropius and Otto Rudolf Salvisberg.
more recently, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is the city of controversal debates regarding a new lasting mediation between the two poles of traditional and modern - from Aldo Rossi to Frank Gehry, from Josef Paul Kleihues to Rem Koolhaas.
this vibrant architectural mosaic of contradictions is what makes Berlin attractive to every student. The dense layers of history in this capital city make possible a theoretical discourse on architecture to be held "on site", so to speak, and indeed with every project the past is recalled in the scale of 1:1.
in Berlin, you build in at least five dimensions, with time and historical context adding the depth.
many of the design projects pursued in the summer academy are, therefore, intentionally integrated with some of the most iconic areas of Berlin. The principal of 'Baukunst' is adopted as method of assimilating and incorporating traditions, interpreting them and developing new theories and free interpretations of the traditions. It typically results in the discovery of ew types of architecture and urbanism.
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