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Deutschlandscape - Epicentres at the Periphery


20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006

This exhibition explores the unregulated sprawl of European towns and the architectural talent that has emerged in Germany in response to this uninspiring landscape. It was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing for the German Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. The curator is Francesca Ferguson, director of the Berlin-based organisation urban drift.

Today, towns throughout Europe have large areas given over to industrial estates, retail parks and drab modern housing. The street plan is defined by car use and the urban landscape is uniform from town to town. Over the past five years, this monotony has inspired German architects to create some remarkable buildings. They have introduced new materials and bold colours, found innovative uses for prefabricated  industrial structures and converted derelict buildings for 21st century occupation.

The condition of the periphery is also a live issue in the UK, where the need for millions of new homes requires our towns to expand and our architects to devise new models of high-density housing and new uses for brownfield sites. Deutschlandscape provides fascinating parallels - and contrasts - to the situation here. It raises questions about the same challenges that we face in the UK and suggests how  good design can temper and control urban expansion.

Please Visit: www.deutschlandscape.de