Between 2015-2017 I acted as Assistant Prof. (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin) to Prof. Hehl for the Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP) in the faculty of architecture at the Technical University Berlin. Input and output from 2014-2015 culminated in the first book of the Berlin Transfer series, produced in collaboration with ADIP colleagues and students with direction from Prof. Hehl. The book is entitled Berlin Transfer: Hybrid Modernities and asks; what happens if you take the conceptual essence of a design that has worked well in one place and imbue it on another? Inverting the direction in which knowledge has been exported since colonial times, the book reveals the potential of architectural and urban design concepts from the global South to inform unconventional approaches of urban development in the northern hemisphere.
Berlin Transfer—Hybrid Modernities imparts a sensual reading of Brazilian hedonistic modernism to challenge the generic, if not austere appeal of Berlin’s modernist housing complexes. By applying strategies of extension, insertion and reprogrammation to existing buildings, the book exposes an unlikely contextual potential of generic urban prototypes from Berlin’s post-war era.
Below conceptual entry points for Berlin Transfer: Hybrid Modernities