pre-conference: Saturday, September 1, 2012
conference: Sunday, September 2 – Thursday September 6, 2012
post-conference: Friday, September 7 – Tuesday September 11, 2012

organizing body

DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
M:AI Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW, Gelsenkirchen
post-conference: Akademie der Künste, Baukunstarchiv, Berlin

conference organized under direction of
Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of the DAM
Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst, Director of the M:AI

post-conference organized under direction of
Eva-Maria Barkhofen, Head of the Baukunstarchiv,  Akademie der Künste
please note: the tour is limited to 30 people 
and will take place

conference organizers
Wolfgang Voigt, Deputy Director, DAM,
Inge Wolf, Head of Archive, DAM,
Peter Körner, Assistant, DAM,

North Rhine-Westphalia, (Köln, Essen, Gelsenkirchen)
Peter Köddermann, M:AI, Deputy Director M:AI,
Anette Kolkau, Communication M:AI,
Eva Meier Weinhardt, Secretary M:AI,

post-conference, Berlin

Eva-Maria Barkhofen, Akademie der Künste,

conference secretariat /travel agency
Agentur Zeitsprung
Anne Brosk, Head of the agency,
Arndt Wiegel, project manager,
Fon: +49-(0)201-289-580


Please note, that the official icam language is English. Therefore all papers, lectures, and guided tours are given in English.

Market place / registration:
DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43
60596 Frankfurt/Main
Saturday, September 1, 2012
13:00 – 17:00

Members are encouraged to bring folders, programs, and any kind of publications which might be of interest to other members, to be put on display throughout the conference days in Frankfurt. Members interested in reserving a space at the market place are kindly requested to fill in the appropriate space in the registration form.


ICAM16 – Frankfurt / Rhine-Ruhr Metropole

conference programme

Frankfurt / Rhine-Ruhr Metropole 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012
DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43
13:00 – 17:00
registration / market place

13:00 – 18:00
“The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”
Visit of the architecture model exhibition at the DAM, free entry

Sunday, September 2, 2012
10:00 – 12:00
board meeting

12:00 – 19:00
registration / market place

“The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”
Visit of the architecture model exhibition at the DAM, free entry

14:00 – 18:00
tour 1_ Das Neue Frankfurt, 1925-1930
A guided tour by bus to the settlements of the “Neues Frankfurt”, the ambitious housing project of the city, which was built between 1925 and 1930 under the supervision of Ernst May.

Departure by bus from the DAM

14:20 – 18:00
Praunheim & Römerstadt, Ernst May House, 1926-28, by Ernst May et al.
Grossmarkthalle & new ECB premises, 1928, by Martin Elsaesser / 2010-14, by Coop Himmelb(l)au

conference opening and reception at Römer Kaisersaal
The official reception to mark the opening of 16 will be held at the Kaisersaal of the Römer. This building has served as the Frankfurt City Hall for over 600 years, it was for a long time the place where the German Kaiser was elected, and as such is the place with the richest history in the city.

Monday, September 3, 2012
08:00 – 19:00
registration / market place

08:30 – 09:30
opening lecture
Layla Dawson: Contemporary Architecture in Germany

09:45 – 11:45
session 1_conserving models
The session aims at dialog between curators, conservators and historians. Collections of modern architecture models are faced with a whole set of new conservation issues. They present material challenges akin to those of modern sculpture. The session seeks to focus specifically on issues of model conservation seen from any combination of historical, material, and philosophical points of view.
Chairs: Barry Bergdoll, Corinne Bélier

12:00 – 13:00
“The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”
Guided tour of the architecture model exhibition at DAM

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:00
short lectures (Pecha Kucha format)
Various architectural collections in Germany

15:30 – 17:30
tour 2_ museumsufer
Guided tour by foot to the surrounding district of the DAM along the river Main to the museums in the neighbourhood (Städel, addition Schneider+Schumacher, 2008-12 / Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Richard Meier, 1982-85 / etc.), to the St. Bonifatius church, and to the archives of the DAM.

Free evening

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I.G.-Farben Building, Campus Westend and Commerzbank Tower

Transfers by subway
Campus Westend
Grüneburgplatz 1

09:00 – 10:00
tour 3_ I.G.-Farben Building and Campus Westend
Guided tour by foot of the former I.G.-Farben Headquarters (by Hans Poelzig 1928-1931) and the new university campus. After 1945 Poelzig’s buildings served as the headquarters of the US Army V. Corps. Following the departure of the Americans in the 1990s the university took over the historical site. A first construction stage between 2001 and 2008 saw the emergence of the Campus Westend with several new buildings (by Ferdinand Heide, Kleihues + Kleihues et al.).

10:30 – 12:30
session 2_ reconstruction
The session questions the framework laid down in the 1964 Venice Charter for dealing with historical building fabric, which to large extent made reconstruction a taboo, calling for a distinct difference between old and new. The session also aims to reflect on Modernist ideas as reflected in the interpretation and significance of reconstruction in other cultures.
Chair: Winfried Nerdinger

12:30 – 13:30

Transfer by subway to the CBD of Frankfurt

Commerzbank Tower

Session and reception in the high-rise (1994-1997, by Norman Foster and Partners), visit of the winter gardens.

14:30 – 16:30
session 3_ strategies (roundtable discussion)
Today, global ecological and financial crises, in addition to increasingly digital environments, create the necessity to rethink the architecture museum as an institution. The session will center on understanding these new conditions and reflect on the current cultural position and the strategies needed for the architecture museum to maintain an effective critical role.
Chairs: Dietmar Steiner, Mirko Zardini

17:00 – 18:00
Farewell Frankfurt, reception high above the city

Free evening

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
M:AI Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW
Cologne and Museumsinsel Hombroich

Transfer to Cologne by train ICE arriving at 09:15

09:30 – 12:30
tour 4_ Cologne
Guided Tour by bus to House Ungers, UAA, Cologne and to the interim location of the collapsed Historical City Archive of Cologne

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch at the Triangle Tower

Bus transfer to the “Museumsinsel Hombroich” and the nearby former NATO missile base. Exhibition buildings, large sculptures and studios were arranged into the spacious landscape, buildings by Tadao Ando, Raimund Abraham, Erwin Heerich and Àlvaro Siza.

15:00 – 17:00
tour 5_ Hombroich
Guided tour around the island and the former missile base.

session 4_ archives in transition
Archival collections in museums and other collecting repositories are being rediscovered by their home institutions as the major assets that they are – large-scale scholarly resources, potential sources of revenue, political tools. They are also indisputably liabilities:  the cost of processing, storing, and making these assets available in both physical and digital form leads some institutions to re-think the entire endeavor of collecting at a moment when archives themselves are plentiful but resources are scarce.
Chair: Irena Murray

18:30 – 20:30
“Dinner on an island”

By bus to the Hotels in Essen (arrival time 21:30)

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Essen and Gelsenkirchen

Meeting point Essen City
By bus to the MiR Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen
The 1959 opened Building based on plans by Werner Ruhnau. “An open society needs open theatre play forms“, says the architect. Ruhnau has realised the theatre in a creative dialogue between architecture, art and technology. Different disciplines opening themselves towards another, their interplay Ruhnau kept initialising over and over again, that’s how this holistic artwork has evolved, an artwork many artists like Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely and Norbert Kricke have participated in at the end of the 1950s.

09:30 – 10:30
Guided tour with the architect Werner Ruhnau

10:30 – 12:30
MiR Small House
session 5_ Is there anybody out there? (Audience & Education)
What do curators and designers of architecture exhibitions actually know about their audience? What do they look like today, the visitors of architectural museums and exhibitions? The session deals with these questions. Especially the user’s perspective shall be focused on. The presentation of new didactic activities will also be part of the session.
Chair: Rebecca Bailey

By bus to world heritage site Zollverein, Essen
Zollverein was once considered the most up-to-date and most beautiful coal mine of worldwide. Its architecture once set trends towards purpose-orientated industrial buildings. After being closed down in 1986, Zollverein became a symbol for the structural change of the Ruhr region. Rem Koolhaas, Foster & Partners, SANAA architects and agence-ter where involved in the development of the project Zollverein.

reception on the cooking plant Zollverein

14:30 – 16:30
general assembly at the coal washery, Zollverein XII

Time for guided tours

alternative I

Zollverein area with architecture of Sanaa office, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, agence-ter

alternative II

Transfer to Folkwang Museum, David Chipperfield

Back to the hotels

Meeting point Essen City
Transfer to Coalmine Oberschuir, Gelsenkirchen
The building gets erected as “shaft 8” of the Gelsenkirchen coal mine “Consolidation” for man-riding and ventilation until it was closed 1981

20:30 – open end
dinner at a coal mine

Bus shuttles to the hotels
Beginning at 22:00

Friday, September 7, 2012

Essen – Berlin

Transfer to the main railway station, Essen
By train to the post-conference tour, Berlin

Shuttles to the Airport Düsseldorf

Pre conference tour:

A guided bus tour to discover the surrounding region of Frankfurt. It takes in famous villas in Kronberg and Königstein, passes the Taunus hills and the Rheingau region. One main stop will be the former Administration Building of Farbwerke Hoechst which is an outstanding example of expressionist architecture.

Departure by bus from the DAM

14:20 – 15:30
Peter Behrens Building, former Administration Building Farbwerke Hoechst, Frankfurt-Hoechst, 1920-1925, by Peter Behrens

16:00 – 18:00
Rang House, Königstein, 1960-1964, by Richard Neutra
Villa Gans, Kronberg, 1929-1931, by Peter Behrens

18:00 – 18:30
Break at a viewpoint, sundowner

Bus back to the DAM


Post conference tour:

Berlin and Brandenburg
Friday, September 7 – Tuesday September 11, 2012
Berlin, a changing city

Friday, September 7, 2012 
The five-day post-conference tour begins with a train journey from Essen to the main station in Berlin, a new glass building designed by the architects at von Gerkan, Marg und Partner. After checking in, the tour proceeds to the government district with its new buildings by Foster, Schultes, Braunfels and many others. Over the past 22 years Berlin has mutated into a unified city, a development which was accompanied by dynamic euphoria. When the Wall came down in 1989 urban development decisions were made under enormous time pressure, and the damage left behind in the city by the War, the post-War years, and the building of the Wall, had to be treated. Since 1990 some 450 constructional and urban development competitions have been staged and implemented in the new capital, not to mention innumerable new buildings initiated by private investors from all over the world.

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The second day of the post-conference tour takes in Potsdam, with its parks and Sanssouci Palace, Landgut Bornstedt, and Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower.

Sunday, September 9 through Monday, September 10, 2012
On the third and fourth days we will be devoting ourselves to the city’s architectural highlights. Stretching along the River Spree in east Berlin, Museum Island boasts 19th century buildings by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Friedrich August Stüler, and Ernst von Ihne, and is a World Heritage site. The urban expansion of the early 20th century was dominated by the construction of housing estates and classical Modernism. Architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Hans Poelzig, Hans Scharoun, Otto Bartning, Emil Fahrenkamp, Hugo Häring, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Paul Mebes, not to mention the brothers Bruno and Max Taut and Hans and Wassili Luckhardt played a major role in the development of modern architectural history. The legacy of the 1930s has all but disappeared from the Berlin cityscape. The former Reichssportfeld, on which the Olympic Stadium stands, has been put to modern use.

The Second World War left behind an enormous amount of destruction in Berlin. In the divided city two forms of architecture emerged that could scarcely have been more different, represented by the Hansaviertel in the west and Stalinallee in the east. Even though it is nowadays difficult to trace the course the Wall took in the city, the buildings by architects such as Hans Scharoun, Werner Düttmann, Paul Baumgarten, Egon Eiermann in what was West Berlin and by the architects Hermann Henselmann, Richard Paulick, Kurt Liebknecht, Heinz Graffunder, Josef Kaiser in the former East Berlin still convey the ruling political ideologies of the time. The Brecht-Weigel building will provide us with an exclusive insight into Berthold Brecht’s archive, and the Bauhaus Archive will open its collections exclusively for us.

Tuesday  September 11, 2012
The final day will also be devoted to monuments in the center of Berlin, such as the Dutch Embassy design by Rem Koolhaas and Pariser Platz, with buildings by, among others, Frank O. Gehry and Günter Behnisch. The post-conference tour will come to an end with a view of Brandenburg Gate from the balcony of the Akademie der Künste.

ContactEva-Maria Barkhofen, Akademie der Künste, Baukunstarchiv, Berlin,
please note: the tour is limited to 30 people and will take place

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