IBA 87 Revisited - Postmodernism in Architecture

The seminar will deal with the International Building Exhibition Berlin 1987 through interdisciplinary practices and strategies. Visual artists, architects and designers are invited to discuss the Postmodernism movement, its relevance for today’s Berlin and to develop their own work.

I am very fond of ruins. They’re what’s left, all that is granted us by the unknown ... of thoughts, of plans, of hopes.  — Ettore Sottsass 


This workshop revises the concept of Postmodern Architecture using interdisciplinary practices and strategies.

The term of Postmodernism in architectural discussions is often mentioned in connection with decay and incredibility of the great utopias of modernity. At the same time, it is characterized by rejection of any "anything goes" doctrines.

First, we will go deeper into the theory of Postmodernism, which is currently undergoing a revival by "sampling" in the post-Internet discussions. Referring to the International Building Exhibition IBA 87, we will specifically explore the architectural style of Berlin, develop concepts and ideas, and implement them artistically. Buildings will be offered to and examined by us as a source of material. Contextually it will be about mannerism, subversion, emotion, memory and the image of the city just before the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

The IBA 87 was an architecture exhibition and urban planning concept created by the Berlin Senate to regain the West of the Berlin city center as residential location. “Critical reconstruction” and “careful urban renewal”  were its two distinct strategies. Thirty years later and a Wall after, this approach seems to be unthinkable for today’s Berlin.

Together, we will visit the buildings located around the former Checkpoint Charlie crossing point, Lützowplatz and Tegel (e.g. the residential building Checkpoint Charlie, OMA, houses of Peter Eisenman, Aldo Rossi, Raimund Abraham, John Hejduk, Mario Botta, Michael Graves, Charles Moore, etc.). Besides that, we will comprehend the architecture as a material and discuss the heritage of the IBA 87 and the modern Berlin city based on this understanding.

Documentary and free approach to the formal language, border situation or downfall should play an important role in the implementation of ideas, which can be worked out in groups as well. The aim of this seminar is to provide an expanded perception through a freely selected medium such as photography, collage, performance, experimental film or texts.

The final works will be presented in the end of the course.



30.08.2018                  City walk with Stephanie Kloss and Heimo Lattner

31.08. – 02.09.2018    Development of own work

03.09.2018                  Final presentation


More information: https://www.udk-berlin.de/personen/detailansicht/person/heimo-lattner/ 



Invited are visual artists from all media fields, as well as architecture students and designers who freely deal with the term Postmodernism and are developing their own work.


Required equipment:

Please bring your camera and laptop.

Stephanie Kloss, born in Karlsruhe, lives and works as a visual artist in Berlin. She studied Architecture at the Berlin Technical University, and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design under Marie-Jo Lafontaine and Günther Förg, as well as Photography under Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer. Stephanie Kloss’s photographic works deal with sociological, political, and spatial phenomena. She had many solo exhibitions and was part of numerous group exhibitions as well. Along with her artistic work, she teaches extracurricular studies at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, curates shows and writes articles for various art magazines.


Run period:
30.08.2018 – 03.09.2018
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 390

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