Berliner Hefte meets … Jennifer Bennett, Samstag, 18. Januar 2020, 19:00

Das Modernisieren moderner Architektur, Vortrag von Urs Füssler, 19.12.2019, 20 Uhr, Books People Places, Crellestr. 26, 10827 Berlin

Das Modernisieren moderner Architektur, Vortrag von Urs Füssler, 19.12.2019,
20 Uhr, Books People Places, Crellestr. 26, 10827 Berlin

Das Modernisieren moderner Architektur
Vortrag von Urs Füssler

Der Architekt Hans Schmidt entwirft und realisiert in den Zwanzigerjahren in Basel eine Folge moderner Wohnhaus-Typen für das Existenzminimum. Er baut die erste Flachdachsiedlung der Schweiz und ist Mitinitiator der ersten Schweizerischen Wohnbauaustellung. Er gilt als der Schweizer Spezialist für Massenwohnungsbau und Typisierung, als er 1930 dem Ruf folgt, mit Mart Stam und Hannes Meyer in der Brigade von Ernst May in der Sowjetunion neue sozialistische Städte zu planen.

2017-2018 baut Urs Füssler eines dieser Basler Häuser von Hans Schmidt umfassend um. In seinem Vortrag lotet er aus, in wie weit ein architektonisches Denkmal durch Transformation erhalten werden kann.

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion / Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte / Books People Places / 4.12.2019, 19.30 Uhr

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion / Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte / Books People Places / 4.12.2019, 19.30 Uhr

Wie wirken sich globale Phänomene wie die Klimakrise oder steigende Rohstoff- und Nahrungsmittelpreise auf die Nutzung von Land aus? Welche Konflikte sind mit Änderungen der Landnutzung und -besitzverhältnisse verknüpft?

Diese und andere Fragen diskutieren wir im Rahmen der Buchvorstellung des Wörterbuchs Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte. Das Buch präsentiert in über 40 Beiträgen zentrale Begriffe der Debatte zu unterschiedlichen Aspekten des Wandels von Landnutzung und Rohstoffextraktion, theoretischen Konzepten, Akteuren in Land- und Rohstoffkonflikten sowie progressiven Konzepten für alternative Formen von Landnutzung und dem Umgang mit Ressourcen.

Eine Diskussion mit:

Kristina Dietz, Leiterin der Forschungsgruppe GLOCON, Freie Universität Berlin

Bettina Engels, Juniorprofessorin an der Freien Universität Berlin und Leiterin der Forschungsgruppe GLOCON

Carla Noever, Mitarbeiterin im Projekt „Gutes Leben für alle” der BUND Jugend

Louisa Prause, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Forschungsgruppe Biomaterialities an der Humboldt Universität Berlin und Mitherausgeberin des Buches

Michael Reckordt, Koordinator des AK Rohstoffe und Referent für Rohstoffpolitik bei PowerShift e.V.

Moderation: Sarah Kirst, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin der Forschungsgruppe GLOCON

Artist book presentation ‘Reverse Geology’ by Karen Vermeren

Thursday November 28th, 19h, Books People Places

From June until September 2017, Karen Vermeren was an artist in residence at Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. Vermeren links the quarry Rüdersdorf with the city of Berlin, in which the limestone from the mine – transformed in cement and concrete – appears in new patterns and constellations. The transparent drawings are merged in an artist book and will be presented by the artist at

Books People Places
Crellestr. 26
10827 Berlin

Thursday November 28th, 19h

Karen Vermeren is a researcher at Sint Lucas University College of Art & Design in Antwerp. In her work, she points out her preference for mountains, cratered landscapes and tectonic plate movements. She draws and paints images that seemingly battle how geological structures and multilayered natural formations can be transmitted onto two dimensional, sometimes transparent surfaces.

A fragment from the text by Elke Couchez:

“By way of a concluding remark, it is difficult not to touch on recent debates about the ‘geological turn’. Scientists from multiple fields have announced a new geological age, the so-called Anthropocene, succeeding the Holocene. They argue that in this new era, the single force influencing the planet is man’s impact on the earth, for instance in terms of affecting weather patterns and planetary biodiversity.[i] Although Vermeren does not directly point to the disastrous environmental consequences of this man-centred era, her work raises questions about the various factors – physical, social, political, economic, cultural – that act upon and transform the earth. Instead of looking at the organic processes that have shaped the earth, as geologists do, she uses stones to consider the anthropogenic processes that shape our environment. This book can thus be read as a case of reverse geology, reading time not backwards, into the deep geological time of the past, but forwards. And it thereby poses the fairly urgent question of how artists can creatively and critically respond to a changing geologic now.[ii]”

[i] Irmgard Emmelhainz, ‘Conditions of Visuality Under the Anthropocene and Images of the Anthropocene to Come’, E-Flux Journal 63 (2015):

[ii] This was a central question of an interdisciplinary, artist-led project entitled The Geological Turn: Art and the Anthropocene, created in collaboration with atmospheric chemist and Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, artist Rasheed Araeen, professor TJ Demos and geologist Jan Zalasiewicz. See:

Drawings: Karen Vermeren
Text (English): Elke Couchez
Graphic Design: Louis Lüthi
Publisher: Stockmans Publications
Supported by AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz, Yellow Press, Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, Kunsten & Erfgoed Vlaanderen

ISBN : 9789077207680
Paperback, Soft Cover, 88 p, A4,
Price 25€


The Good Metropolis / Book Launch and Lecture by Alexander Eisenschmidt

The Good Metropolis / Book Launch and Lecture by Alexander Eisenschmidt / 30.10.2019, 8 pm at Books People Places, Crellestr. 26, 10827 Berlin

Alexander Eisenschmidt will introduce the topic of his recent book, The Good Metropolis, focusing on the productive tension between the city and architectural form. The talk will reevaluate the relationship between these two realms in which architecture’s inherent predisposition toward form is often matched only by the city’s ability to avoid it. Eisenschmidt will explore fascinations with the modern city expressed by the architectural avant-garde and beyond, revealing how the forces of urbanization often served as a stimulant for architecture’s spatial imagination.

Bio: Alexander Eisenschmidt is an architect, urbanist, and theorist. He is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture and directs the Visionary Cities Project. Eisenschmidt is author of The Good Metropolis (2019), guest-editor of City Catalyst (2012), and lead-editor of Chicagoisms (2013) amongst other volumes. He has curated and his work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Architecture Biennale in Venice, the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, and the Shenzhen Biennale on Urbanism.

Books People Places recommends . . . Event at P!

Wong Kit Yi
Political Weather Magic Witches
Saturday, 12 October 2019, 4:30pm, Ebersstr. 3, 10827 Berlin

With an introduction by Prem Krishnamurthy
Free and open to the public
P!, Ebersstrasse 3, 10827 Berlin, Germany

In Political Weather Magic Witches, artist Wong Kit Yi presents a lecture performance that extends her ongoing project about human interventions within the weather and the attempt to claim dominance over meteorological phenomena. Juxtaposing historical research, cross-cultural analysis, personal vignettes, and a new karaoke music video—a recurring form in her practice—Political Weather Magic Witches asks which is harder to modify: the weather or people.

“But what does it really mean to control or modify weather within or beyond political borders? Clouds, like people, can float across borders—perhaps much more easily than people. We can’t control the travel of a cloud by not issuing it a visa. It’s definitely not hyperbolic to say that the movement of people across borders is a pressing political concern, both in Hong Kong, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. The concept of the ‘nation-state’ is bounded—it begins and it ends. Its borders might shift over time, but out there is the line—both socially and physically—that creates an ‘us’ and a ‘them’…” —Wong Kit Yi

Wong Kit Yi (b. Hong Kong) lives and works between Hong Kong and New York. Her artistic interests focus on odd scientific findings and the dysfunctional marriage between science and pseudoscience. She researches genetics, DNA technology, mythology, Japanese manga, meteorological interventions, models of ownership/leasing, and the biology of aging and immortality. Wong’s solo shows include Magic Wands, Batons and DNA Splicers, Art Basel Hong Kong (2018), and Futures, Again, P!, New York (2017). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Surplus Space, Wuhan, China; Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga; Para Site, Hong Kong; and the Queens Museum, New York.

Image caption: Wong Kit Yi, Still from Hong Kong Weather Modification Office (Square cloud), 2019. Courtesy the artist | 黃潔宜,《香港人工影響天氣辦公室(方形雲)》,2019. 圖片由藝術家提供

Books People Places recommends . . . Event at Trust

@ Trust // Tue 08 Oct 2019,19:00-21:00 // Kluckstr. 25, 10785 Berlin // INHUMANISM: Narrative Engineering, Finance and Cognition in a State of Collapse

Terence Sharpe will present a two part lecture, one part on his research into humanism as a historical and political category, and analysing what inhumanism can present in terms of narrative engineering, finance and cognition in relation to climate collapse.

The second part will be a conversation with Christine Lariviere who works in digital communications and data work for EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation organisation. They will discuss the complexity of climate change mitigation at scale, the importance of financial restructuring/incentivisation and the role of technology in world making through geo-engineering.

Terence Sharpe is an artist and researcher based in Berlin. His work focuses on the nexus between biology, cognition and technology. His current work focuses on inhumanism, narrative engineering and finance in relation to collapse. He has been published through Triple Ampersand Publishing &&& and has presented his work at Trust, Spike Quarterly and Phi Centre Montreal. He is affiliated with the New York based research collective ANON and a member of The New Centre for Research and Practice.

Christine Larivière works with digital communications and data at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative. In her spare time, she dabbles in culture theory and forages plants and fungi.

Trust is a space for platform design and utopian conspiracy.
Kluckstr. 25, 10785 Berlin

Friends With Books 2019

Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin

20–22 September 2019

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50–51
10557 Berlin

Friday, 20 September, 18:00 h–20:00 h

Saturday, 21 September, 11:00 h–19:00 h
Sunday, 22 September, 11:00 h–19:00 h

God Speed You Black Palm Tree - Books as Tool" Christian Odzuck

God Speed You Black Palm Tree - Books as Tool” Christian Odzuck, 12.09.2019 Books People Places

Im Vortrag (Vortag auf Deutsch) spricht der Künstler Christian Odzuck (*1978 Halle/Saale) über seinen Umgang mit dem Medium Buch. Dieses ist ein konstituierendes Element und wichtiges Werkzeug in seiner künstlerischen Praxis.

Books People Places meet Francois Roche on behalf of S/he // “it already happened”

Books People Places meet Francois Roche on behalf of S/he // “it already happened”

PLACES: Fischerinsel • Reading by Inger Wold Lund

Thursday 18.07.2019, 7.30 pm
Books People Places, Crellestr. 26, 10827 Berlin

How does love move you? How does it physically take you from one place-a country or a continent-to another? How does it relocate you to a neighborhood you might have heard of, biked through, but never stopped in to take notice of the streets, the buildings, the people. You didn’t have friends who lived there. There weren’t bookstores, language schools or government offices you needed to visit.

At some point along the short walk to the south end of Museumsinsel which zigzags you between tourists and construction barriers on Unter den Linden the streets suddenly empty. The chatter goes down. The skyline jumps up. There’s a swimming pool hidden somewhere in the back. You know this because the night you met for the first time you looked this place up: “… six residential towers, made in the early 1970s in East Berlin from prefabricated concrete slabs, totaling 1440 apartments on this island’s tiny tip…”

The high-rises used to be home to strangers. Now some faces are slowly becoming familiar. Who are these people? Where do they get their groceries? Where are the bars? The bakery? And the shoe repair shop? How do folk keep their houses cool during the recurring heatwaves? What are the pigeons doing on the balconies? Why are there so many of them? And who is that in the neighboring building with binoculars? What is he looking at? Did the DDR spymaster Markus Wolf really live here? Which tower? Which floor? How big was his apartment? Who moved in after him?

You’ve started calling the garbage chute a genius invention. You haven’t admitted your willingness to move here, but now there are hooks for your clothes, shelves for your books and you are thinking about whether your sun-shy plants would thrive in this apartment. Could the grey sofa and the glass desk come along too? Would they fit in the elevator? Before you know it, you are living on Fischerinsel.

Inger Wold Lund is a writer, with an education from art schools in Oslo, Stockholm and Frankfurt am Main. A resident of Berlin since 2012, she has lived in Wedding, currently lives in Alt Treptow and is moving to Fischerinsel this Summer. She is the writer of two books of prose in her native Norwegian, published by Cappelen Damm and Flamme Forlag. A collection of her stories in English has been published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Her erotic audio tour of the S41/S42 train circling Berlin is available for free on her website.

PLACES is a series of infrequent talks, walks, readings and film screenings where speakers are invited to present a place, imagined or otherwise. Previous events include Bonjour Tristesse (by Veljko Markovic), Kreuzberg Tower (by Ana Filipovic and Philipp Mecke), Mehringplatz (by Joachim Rauschenbach) and Moerenuma Park (by Andrea Canepa). PLACES is organised by Shirin Sabahi.

Image © Inger Wold Lund

Berliner Hefte meet … Brett Bloom

Berliner Hefte meet … Brett Bloom / Samstag, 15. Juni 2019, 6:00 p.m. at Books People Places

In 2015, we invited Brett Bloom of Temporary Services to participate in Drucken Heften Laden. Reflections on Theory and Practice of Independent Publishing at nGbK, where he gave a public lecture on Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibres and Electrons. Brett’s current visit to Berlin provides us with the wonderful occasion to continue the conversation and talk with him about Temporary Services’ recent activities and projects.

Temporary Services was co-founded by Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer in Chicago in 1998. Over more than 20 years they have been producing exhibitions, events, and, above all, books, booklets and other publications. Temporary Services seeks to create non-competitive relationships and strives towards aesthetic experiences built upon mutual trust and unlimited experimentation.

Moderated by Florian Wüst

Sprache: Englisch

Eine Veranstaltung von Berliner Hefte zu Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt und Books People Places

Black Architecture / A Conversation with Tazalika M. te Reh and Norbert Finzsch

Our lives are placed within architecture. The spaces we are born into, the spaces we live, love, and die in—in all of these spaces, architecture plays a significant role.

We build. We construct. We racialize.

Architecture and the Racial.

What Architecture has to do with the Racial? What doesn’t it have to do with it?

Kolkata – City of Print / Mara Züst / Spector Books

Thursday, 30.05.2019, at 6pm
Books People Paces, Crellestr. 26, 10827 Berlin

We are happy to invite you for a late afternoon presentation of “City of Print” and conversation with Mara Züst, Krispin Heé, Tim Wetter and Anne König.

Mara Züst’s literary essay is based on research she conducted during her several stays in Kolkata where she explored the different aspects of printmaking.

Books People Paces
Crellestr. 26
10827 Berlin

Looking forward!

And please share this information with your friends in Bremen (28.05., 6pm at HFK) and Leipzig (29.05., 7pm at MZIN)!

Fred Dewey & Philip Horst: An Informal Dialogue on Public Life & Culture

Fred Dewey & Philip Horst: An Informal Dialogue on Public Life & Culture / 27.04.2019, 5:00 p.m. at Books People Places

What are the living bonds between public life, culture, architecture, grass roots power, organization, and the urban? Can individual and organizational initiatives foster and protect public space, public life, and a rich, free, plural urban realm? How might self-organized structures help artists, writers, thinkers, and workers deepen civic life, to maximize creation, a diverse public, and activate the grass roots? What are prospects, now, in Berlin and elsewhere, for public freedom to restore our right to the city?

Join Fred Dewey, author of The School of Public Life, co-founder of LA’s successful Neighborhood Councils Mov’t, former director of Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, facilitator of Hannah Arendt Working Groups across Europe and the “Portable Polis” (Berlin, summer 2017, sponsor ZK/U), and artist Philip Horst, co-founder of KUNSTrePUBLIK and co-founder / co-director of Berlin’s ZK/U, founding member of the “Haus der Statistic initiative,” and co-editor of Untersuchungsausschuss Bericht, in a discussion on the vital connection between public life and culture.

Fred Dewey co-founded the Neighborhood Councils Movement in Los Angeles, successfully placing neighborhood councils in city law. From 1995 to 2010, he ran Beyond Baroque, an L.A. space for poetry, culture, and debate, curating events, readings, city-wide festivals, and editing and publishing nineteen books. Since 2011, he has conducted Hannah Arendt Working Groups around Europe, and for eight years in Berlin, where he organized the 2017 “Portable Polis,” a summer-long citywide working group at 11 different sites, under Philip Horst & ZK/U. He is author of the pamphlets A Polis for New Conditions and from an apparent contradiction in Arendt to a working group method and the book The School of Public Life (doormats 2015). Born in New York City, a Berlin resident for eight years, Dewey lives between Brussels and Los Angeles.

Philip Horst co-founded KUNSTrePUBLIK, which emerged internationally in 2006, transforming a central five hectare urban space into Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum. In 2011-12, he and the two colleagues of KUNSTrePUBLIK secured a railway depot in Moabit, to open ZK/U, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, which features an international residency, events, on-site practices, and city-wide initiatives for public space, design, and architecture. Horst was a founding member of the “Haus der Statistik Inititative“ (2015) and co-edits a series of city policy papers for ZK/U titled. Untersuchungsausschuss Bericht, the first two on Gemeinraum Grün and Heterotopische Orte. Born in Hamburg, Horst lives in Berlin

Tinatin Gurgenidze on Architecture and Urbanism in Georgia

Tinatin Gurgenidze on Architecture and Urbanism in Georgia / 13.04.2019, 5:00 p.m. at Books People Places

We would like to invite you for an afternoon presentation and conversation withTinatin Gurgenidze this Saturday, 13.04.2019, at 5pm.

Tinatin Gurgenidze will present her recently published essays on Architecture and Urbanism

“Buildings Are Not Enough”, Danarti Magazine, Issue 2018 | 10,
Volume #54: On Biennials, Archis/Volume
“Tbilisi Archive of Transition”, niggli

in the context of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial

We are pleased to have this event as the first event at Books People Places new location in Berlin Schöneberg

Books People Paces
Crellestr. 26
10827 Berlin

We will have “Naturwein” from Georgia!

Looking forward!