28.09.2016Restorations and reconstructions: reflections on Berlin

David Chipperfield will give the keynote lecture at the 6th Baltic Sea Region Cultural Heritage Forum in Kiel today. The conference aims to raise awareness of post-war built cultural heritage and brings together experts from the heritage sector, architects, planners, researchers, politicians, property owners, developers and other related professions.

Under the title: ‘Restorations and reconstructions: reflections on Berlin’, the lecture will centre on work in Berlin and specifically the 11-year restoration of the Neues Museum and the ongoing refurbishment of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie. The former is a balancing act between repairing, conserving, restoring and recreating while the latter is closer to the meticulous restoration of ancient monuments. Reflecting on different approaches the lecture will argue that energetic public engagement is crucial to the ongoing debate about the development and protection of our cities.

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