Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne

27. APRIL 2017 – 20. AUGUST 2017

On April 26th, Joerg Rekittke, his team members Philip Paar and Yazid Ninsalam, and four other academic teams from German universities, will open the exhibition ‘draußen — out there’ in the Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne.

‘draußen — out there’ is the first exhibition at the Architekturmuseum der TU München to be devoted to landscape architecture. The exhibition had been developed on the initiative of Andres Lepik, Director of the museum. Having in recent years frequently showcased the social relevance of architecture to our contemporary world, the focus now shifts to a discipline that has a far greater reach in terms of its possible impact on land area and future timespan. In the public perception, landscape architecture seems still to be determined by the desire to plan for harmony between the burgeoning advance of cities, on the one hand, and nature, on the other. But this idea ceased long ago to reflect the current state of a discipline that, in the face of the radical transformation of our planet, has since evolved in a more analytic, critical direction. The premise of the exhibition ‘draußen — out there’ is that in the early 21st century there is no corner of the earth left in which the effects of urbanization, massive exploitation of fossil fuels, growing mobility, and the unchecked changes to ecological systems, as well as the consequences of increasing migration cannot be felt. The exhibition presents ten illustrative cases from across the world that vividly portray the interaction and systematic interdependency of the city and its surrounding environment, water cycles, and real conditions both local and global. The exhibition is the brainchild of five academic teams, whose seminal research is displayed here. The real case studies effectively collate systems of knowledge specific to the respective locality, which is then verified in close cooperation with the local project partners working in the field. This is undertaken prior to any consideration being given to possible transformative elements or architectural measures. The exhibition aims to give the public a deeper understanding of the changing concepts and strategies of landscape architecture in the present, and at the same time, to represent its growing importance for the future.

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