Upcoming

20 November 2020 until 14 March 2021
Together!
The New Architecture of the Collective

An exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, curated by Ilka and Andreas Ruby and EM2N

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living. Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition Together! The New Architecture of the Collective is the first exhibition that comprehensively illuminates this topic and makes it spatially tangible. In cooperation with the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (BSW), the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan “Make love, not lofts“. On behalf of the BSW, curators Ilka and Andreas Ruby expand the existing exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum with an additional section dealing with the situation of cooperative living in Hamburg. They will present the results of the concept-finding process "Wohnen - und was noch?" (Living - and what else?) and ideas on how cooperative housing estates of the 1950s to 1970s can be adapted to today's needs.

The exhibition is a cooperation between the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the MK&G.

Sponsors/Funded by:

IKEA Stiftung
prohelvetia
Senn
SSS SIEDLE
b+p baurealisation ag
Les Couleurs
ODINGA PICENONI HAGEN
Pensimo
Wohnfonds_wien
Stadt Zürich – Amt für Städtebau

Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume
G+B Schwyzer-Stiftung
Hannes Henz Architekturfotograf, Zürich
Wohnbaugenossenschaften Zürich

Image: Moriyama House, Tokio. Office of Ryue Nishizawa, Tokio, 2005. Photo: Dean Kaufman (Detail)

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living. Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition Together! The New Architecture of the Collective is the first exhibition that comprehensively illuminates this topic and makes it spatially tangible. In cooperation with the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (BSW), the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan “Make love, not lofts“.