fragmental / rome_berlin_rom

24. – 25. Februar 2022

fragmental_on the dissolution of public space | symposium initiated by heike hanada | tu dortmund

Rome forms the foundation of a basic understanding of the identity and heritage of European architecture. Its ruinous monumentality is till more visibly present today for the city, for architecture and art than perhaps in no other metropolis in Europe. As a thematic follow-up to the symposium „monumental_public buildings at the beginning of the 21st century“ 2019 at the Baukunstarchiv NRW, the theme of fragmental_dissolution of public space“ at the 2022 symposium at the Villa Massimo in Rome examines the ambivalent identity of a onumental and simultaneously romantic understanding of space between the built environment and its dissolution, between rchitecture and the reconquest of space by nature. At a time when our relationship to the unbuilt, to the „natural“ is being radically questioned and the static role of architecture is beginning to falter, concepts such as dissolution and fragmentation seem to be taking on a new identity-forming role in recent architectural development. But how does the relationship between architecture and the city develop? The symposium seeks to take up the concept of the „public“ within recent positions and to critically reflect on its relation to a classical-romantic understanding of architecture.

Verena von Beckerath | Adria Daraban | Filip Dujardin | Job Floris | Christoph Gantenbein | Heike Hanada | Simona Malvezzi | Oda Pälmke | Marco Provinciali | Uwe Schröder | Giuseppe Strappa | Val Warke | Peter L. Wilson | Imke Woelk

guest of honor | Rachel Whiteread

panel I / panel II / panel III / guest of honor


rome_ber lin_rome | 25th of February - 4th of March 2022 | heike hanada and uwe schröder

With the exhibition RomeBerlinRome, Heike Hanada and Uwe Schröder look back from the year
2070 into the distant future of the European city. The future viability of the city lies in the structure of
„solids and voids“, which can only develop through a constant process of increasing the density of open
structures to form urban textures. The predecessor of this process can be found in the lessons of the
19th and early 20th century city, tangible in both Rome and Berlin, but which today are increasingly
threatened by disregard for the cultural assets of the city.

2070: Architecture has turned its back on the surrounding countryside. The city is again the subject of
void and solid. Monumental buildings enter the city from its periphery. They are virtually waiting on the
sidelines, waiting to take the urban stage. From the edges, the unity of the city is defined. Island and
archipelago-like dense forests crisscross its area. They are like sunlit openings of the forest. As voids,
they are counterworlds to the solids of the city; with them, the horti conclusi reemerge in the city of the
21st century. They form internal peripheries that interrupt the urban continuum of time, memory, and
recollection. Like the Tiergarten in Berlin or the Giardino Villa Borghese, those voids grant nature its own
space in the city. In a romantic sense, they become places of phantasmagoria and vagabond memory,
all that is not fitting for man himself.

Fotos der Ausstellung Aldo Amoretti

Konstantin Gricic

Klaus Weber

Jan Liesegang

Benedikt Hipp

Sabine Scho

Eli Cortiñas

Birgit Brenner

Carsten Nicolai

Franziska Gerstenberg

Bettina Allamoda