Matthias Böttger

Curatorial Statement

What do computer games and dodgeball mean for public space? How do TV towers and football World Cups reflect economic, political and cultural developments? What does ‘sustainability’ mean for the lived and built environment? The focus of my practice is on the conditions surrounding the production of space – the cultural, economic and political parameters that shape architectural design and urban development. The aim is to explore possible futures, visions and utopias that can open up new possibilities and recommendations for action in the here and now. In my view, the role of architecture is not only to solve problems but also to name and describe new challenges. Rather than providing definitive answers, it should always be open to questions. Using a range of formats such as workshops, exhibitions, book presentations, discussions and conferences, I offer a new perspective on the expanded field of architecture: I am interested in bringing together the different approaches and methods employed not only by architects, but also by artists, thinkers and other agents involved in the production of urbanity and space.

Thomas Schweigert, 2008
Thomas Schweigert, 2008
Matthias Böttger
Architect and curator | Deutsches Architektur Zentrum | Berlin

Keywords
Architecture/Space
Biennials
Interdisciplinary projects 
Urbanism
Sustainability