Esra Akcan: Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA - 1984–87
Associate Professor Esra Akcan's new book, Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA - 1984/87 (Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2018), explores the implications of the concept of "open" as a common metaphor in the era of global connections and as a foundational modern value albeit prone to contradictions. Akcan's book defines open architecture as the translation of a new ethic of hospitality into the design process — in particular, it exemplifies the inclinations towards open architecture (or the lack thereof) in the context of the discriminatory housing regulations of an urban renewal development in Berlin's immigrant neighborhood Kreuzberg. Giving voice not only to architects and policymakers, but also to residents through oral history and storytelling, the overarching theme of noncitizen rights to the city allows for a joint discussion of the history of 20th-century public housing; the participatory, postmodernist, and poststructuralist architectural debates; and the contradictory relation between international immigration laws and housing.
The launch event will feature a book talk by Akcan followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA - 1984/87 will be available for sale.