19 Jun 2018

COMPETITION: BAUNETZ CAMPUS MASTERS, ARCHITEKTENPREIS

Happy to announce that my master project at the KIT Chair for Space and Design (Prof. Marc Frohn) is being awarded the Architektenpreis in BauNetz Campus Masters competition:

Der Architektenpreis – vergeben durch Barbara Holzer vom Büro Holzer Kobler Architekturen (Zürich / Berlin) – ging an die Arbeit Tales from Trash to Treasure von Florian Bengert, eine Masterarbeit, die am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie entstand. In der Begründung der Architektin heißt es: „Die Arbeit überzeugt durch ihre inhaltliche und theoretische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Architektur im digitalen Zeitalter. Das Smartphone als digitaler Speicher und mediale Verknüpfung mit der Welt zeichnet die Spuren jedes einzelnen Menschen, der ein solches Gerät besitzt, minutiös nach.“ Bengert übersetzt seine Überlegungen zur „Architekturmaschine Smartphone“ in eine Recyclingarchitektur, einer Art „Mühle des 21. Jahrhunderts“. Diese Idee eines „kommunalen Orts der Entsorgung und gleichzeitigen Neubeschaffung eines Smartphones ist faszinierend und irritierend zugleich“, so Holzer weiter. „Die Verknüpfung von historischen Zitaten mit Zukunftsbildern prägt den experimentellen Charakter des Projektes. In einer Zeit der politischen und sozialen Umbrüche müssen ArchitektInnen wieder eine relevante und verantwortungsvolle Postion in der Gesellschaft einnehmen.“

Find out more about the competition and my project here on BauNetz.




7 May 2018

COMPETITION: BAUAKADEMIE BERLIN, HONORABLE MENTION

Happy to announce that my latest project as freelancer at FAR frohn&rojas is being awarded honorable mention in Berlin Bauakademie competition.

While Schinkel's facade already suggested the radical and groundbreaking structure of a skeleton construction in the context of that time, it was not really realized at the original Bauakademie due to structural and regulatory conditions. Therefore, we counter the reconstruction of the facade with the realization of the Bauakademie as a three-dimensional skeleton that creates a wide variety of spaces for flexible use. It is based on Schinkel's original grid. The components gradually become filigree from the outside to the inside. The duality of facade and inner world disappears.
Thus, the design unites the two buildings that have stood or stand on the spot: Schinkel’s Bauakademie, which is based on the 5.5x5.5 m grid, and today's trompe l'oeil, which is held by scaffolding stepped towards the center.

Find out more about the competition and our proposal here on BauNetz.




26 Oct 2017

PUBLICATION: ARCHIFUTURES VOL. 4 TRESHOLDS

Leave some space in the bookshelf for Archifutures Vol. 4: "Thresholds" where my project SPACE IN TIME got published by DPR-barcelona. It’s a field guide to navigating the future of architecture. How can you navigate towards something when there are no fixed points, when you cannot determine your position? How do you know where to go, or even know when you have got there? This fourth volume in the Archifutures series investigates how architecture, traditionally considered to be a future oriented activity, can best respond as we find ourselves on the threshold of a “post-futurist” condition where the future is not necessarily ahead of us, but everywhere and – perhaps most especially –“now”.

Sophie Lovell, Fiona Shipwright (Ed.): Archifutures. Volume 4: Thresholds. A field guide to navigating the future of architecture, Barcelona 2017, pp. 178 – 181. Image © DPR-barcelona




3 Sep 2017

EXHIBITION: IMMINENT COMMONS

My project ASSEMBLING REALITY(IES) has arrived in Seoul at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Under the topic "Commoning Cities" the Biennale presents questions and answers concerning the current state and near future of cities of the world through the lens of public initiatives, projects and urban narratives. My project is part of the contribution of the city of Rome as one of 50 participating cities. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Exhibition: Imminent Commons: Cities Exhibition — Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, 2 Sep – 14 Nov 2017. Image © Luca Galofaro