DIAGNOSE 1968/2018: Critical Perspectives on the Legacy of Reform and Revolt in Architecture, Planning and Urbanism

The year 1968 has marked a turning point for an array of different social, cultural and political movements and actions, which have had a lasting effect on the way we live together. In architecture and planning – contexts that are otherwise not known for wide-ranging internal disputes – these contestations have led to a process of introspection, fundamental questioning and radical experimentation, some traces of which remain present until today.

The 1968 ‘Diagnose’ exhibition at TU Berlin is representative for a range of reform initiatives in architecture faculties and planning approaches across European cities at the time. More and more, especially urban conflicts became an important issue in architecture and planning discourses: from housing shortages in Prague, the car-friendly remodelling of London, to the mass demolitions and ensuing monotony of standardised housing in Belgrade and Paris. The politics of urban development and increasingly also the implicit role of architects and planners were questioned. New and more critical practices were developed.

This international symposium aims to revisit reforms and revolts of 1968 and their impact on architecture, planning and urbanism aiming to critically examine their continuous influence up until today. Thus, 50 years after, the symposium aims to revisit and reflect on the development of urban practices in Europe since 1968, when Berlin’s planning and building development was denounced as a 'public assassination of a city'. Besides a retrospect, the symposium will address three main topics, which were central for the formulated critique in 1968 and still urgently need to be addressed in 2018: Housing, Land, and Critical practice.

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International Symposium

Place: Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
Time: December 13-15, 2018