this is modern


22 architectural design proposals address the architecture of the German Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice. Architects enjoying a high profile in the public perception as well as among experts had been asked to illustrate their position on modernity as they understand it today.

The Deutsche Werkbund Berlin decided to organize the exhibition because of the themes chosen by Rem Koolhaas for the 14th Architecture Biennale, Fundamentals and Absorbing Modernity. Essentially these themes are about a fundamental reflection on modernity which first began with the Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne in 1914 and has been cited time and time again as its birth hour. Bruno Taut’s Glass Pavilion there became an icon. But also the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe and the German Pavilion at the Great Exhibition in Brussels are regarded as trailblazers of modernity.

Special emphasis was placed on the development of ideas for how to deal with the controversial German Pavilion. Ever since World War II it has been regarded as a relic of fascism on account of its monumental architecture and has been the subject of many debates.


  • Venice, Italy Venice, Italy 07.06.2014 - 10.2014
  • Düsseldorf, Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 03.11.2014 - 14.11.2014 Venue Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Palmenstraße 16, 40217 Düsseldorf Speakers

    Arno Lederer, Jo Hein, Wolfgang Meisenheimer, Jan Kleihues

  • Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany 21.11.2014 - 01.01.2015 Venue AIT ArchitekturSalon Hamburg, Bei den Mühren 70, 20457 Hamburg
  • Michendorf, Germany Michendorf, Germany 11.05.2015 - 22.05.2015 Venue Palmhof c/o mawa design, Neu-Langerwisch 36, 14552 Michendorf Speakers

    Gerwin Zohlen