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International Council

Fall 2016 in Munich, Germany. Photo: Volker Rebhan
Photo: Volker Rebhan
Photo: Volker Rebhan
Photo: Volker Rebhan
Photo: Diego Berruecos
Photo: Diego Berruecos
Photo: Diego Berruecos
Photo: Diego Berruecos
Photo: Andrew Bruah and AIC Architecture & Design Society
Photo: Andrew Bruah and AIC Architecture & Design Society
Photo: Andrew Bruah and AIC Architecture & Design Society
Spring 2015 meeting in Marseille. Photo: Joël Assuied
Photo: Joël Assuied
Photo: Joël Assuied
Photo: Joël Assuied
Photo: Joël Assuied
Photo: Joël Assuied
Spring 2014 meeting in Venice, Workshop on Certosa Island. Photo: Beppe Ferrari
Executive Director David van der Leer and International Council Chair Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Photo: Beppe Ferrari
Fall 2014 meeting, Workshop at Van Alen Institute

The International Council is a platform for exchange among leading architects, designers, developers, and planners, representing practices across more than 26 cities and 15 countries. Members meet twice annually to identify and investigate issues facing cities around the world, and to guide the impact of the Institute’s public programming, research, and design competitions. Council members also convene with local policymakers, developers, researchers, and designers, identifying topics with potential for deeper exploration with Van Alen’s international audience.

The Council is led by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN. The next International Council meeting will be held in spring 2017 in Copenhagen.

For more information, please contact Chloe Stagaman, Special Programs & Communications Coordinator at cstagaman@vanalen.org, or 212-924-7000 ext. 16.

Meetings

Fall 2016: Munich 

October 3-5

Meeting Highlights:

  • Tours: Exterior walking tour of Munich’s historic district that included a behind-the-scenes visit to Hofstattl; Skytop views at the Churchtower of Old Peter; Bus tour of the Munich Arts District; Insider tour of the Werksviertel and Genterstrasse projects with steidle architekten;  Tour of Atelier Rosa; Walk through Allianz Arena with a visit to the Godelmann Loge; Tour of the Olympic village, stadium, and student housing; Tour of Domagkpark social housing project; And a visit to the BMW welt, factory, museum, and headquarters. The tour in Munich was co-organized by Guiding Architects Munich, and sponsored by Martin Schnitzer of Schitzer& | A Graphisoft Company.
  • Quality & Density: Urban and Open Space in Housing Projects public program at EXPO REAL presented with the City of Munich
  • Private dinner and celebration on the final evening of Oktoberfest sponsored by Occhio.
  • Complimentary access to the exhibition The World of Malls: Architecture of Consumption exhibition at Pinakothek.
  • Closed-door workshop on housing and social inclusion with local participants: Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie Munchen; Steffen Kercher, City of Munich; Prof. Ruth Berktold, Yes Architecture; Dr. Agnes Forster, Studio Stadt Region; Jan Bunge, Squint/Opera; Oliver Heiss, Architect; Rainer Hoffman, bogevischs buero; Florian Lichtblau, Lichtblau Architekten; Dr. Matthias Ottman, Urban Progress; Andrea Gebhard, mahl.gebhard.konzepte; Johannes Ernst, steidle architekten; Lukas Feiress, Studio Lukas Feiress; Matthias Schmidt, CA IMMO; and Martin Schnitzer, Schitzer&.
  • Program co-coordinated with the extraordinary help of Nicola Borgmann of Architekturgalerie Muenchen.

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Spring 2016: Mexico City

March 5 – 8

Meeting Highlights:

  • Tours: Boats through Xochimilco, the “Venice of Mexico City,” visits to the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera home and studio, Kahlo’s childhood home, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, La Merced, Alberto Kalach’s studio and office tower, and the Kurimanzutto Gallery. The group also privately toured Museo Tamayo and Museo Soumaya.
  • Inhabiting the City: Global Communities and Urban Space: bilingual public program in collaboration with the international architecture and design festival MEXTROPOLI.
  • Private dinner at Rojkind Arquitectos-designed Mercado Roma
  • Impacts closed-door session with local thinkers: Axel Arano, Historian; Gabriella Gomez-Mont and Maria Garcia Holley of Laboratoria para la Ciudad;  Jose Castillo of Arq 911; Mauricio Rocha, Architect; Javier Toscano and Ana Luisa Lacorte of the Nerivela Collective.

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Fall 2015: Chicago

September 30 – October 2

Meeting Highlights:

  • Tours: An architectural river cruise downtown led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, an insider walk through the IIT campus, and a peek at Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank with Theaster Gates.
  • International Perspectives on Chicago and the Future of Urban Change: public program in collaboration with the Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial in which each of the Council firms was represented alongside a group of vibrant, local speakers.
  • Private dinner at Publican Quality Meats
  • Preview access to the press cocktail and opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
  • Discussion on architecture and equity with Chicago city officials MarySue Barrett, president, Metro Planning Council; Felicia Davis, executive director, Public Building Commission; Art del Muro, managing architect, Public Building Commission; Brad McConnell, deputy commissioner for planning and operations, Department of Development and Planning; Fernando Espinoza, Project Manager, City of Chicago; and architects Ross Barney, architectural designer and Eric Martin, principal, Ross Barney Architects.

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Spring 2015: Marseilles & Cannes

March 7 – 9

Meeting Highlights:

  • A tour with urban planner Nicolas Memain of the northern suburbs of Marseille, including La Visitation, la Cité des Arts de la Rue, and Belvedère de Hanoi
  • Discussion at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM) with Jean-Luc Perez, Lead Architect for Atelier Prado; Nicolas Memain, Marseille urban planner and self-proclaimed “street jockey”; and Michel Samson, former journalist for Le Monde and acclaimed sociologist, followed by a museum tour with Sylvia Amar, Head of their Department of Cultural Production
  • Tour of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse
  • Several attendees continued the conversation in the following days at MIPIM in Cannes, where Executive Director David van der Leer led talks with Council members exploring such questions as: What are the biggest design challenges of the future? How to select the right architect for your job?

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Fall 2014: New York City

November 20 – 21

Meeting Highlights:

  • Led by New York architects, developers, and city officials, the Council toured some of New York’s most exciting new projects, including the newest addition to the High Line, Hudson Yards, Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Roundtable on “Place, Placement, Displacement, and Replacement” at our recently completed street-level space
  • Tour of the recently completed Fulton Center with Grimshaw Architects
  • Cocktails hosted by Denmark Ambassador, Consul General Jarl Frijs-Madsen at his penthouse in the Frank Gehry-designed tower, 8 Spruce Street
  • Discussions on housing and infrastructure with developers, city officials, and journalists, including Jared Della Valle, Alloy Development;  Rob Lane, Regional Plan Association; Bill Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper; Pam Samuels, Related Companies; and Jeff Shumaker, NYC Department of City Planning

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Spring 2014: Venice

June 4 – 5

Meeting Highlights:

  • Tour of the pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale
  • Cocktail party at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for the opening of the American pavilion exhibition, OFFICEUS
  • Workshop on Certosa Island on the theme of productivity, exploring such questions as: What are alternative measures of productivity? How can we create more productive urban landscapes? What role can infrastructure play to boost productivity?
  • Dessert and drinks aboard a boat traversing the Venice Lagoon

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