MY KNOWLEDGE SPACE: New Berlin Library as a Prototype

Friday, May 6, 2011

SAVE THE DATE! On May 14th, 2011, Aedes am Pfefferberg will be hosting a symposium:

“My Knowledge Space: A Public Library for the 21st Century – the New Berlin Library as Prototype”

The City of Berlin is considering to build the new Berlin Library on the former Tempelhof airport field (now Tempelhofer Freiheit). Before the competition and planning phase kicks off, ANCB in collaboration with the Central and Regional Library Berlin want to explore the roles, tasks and functions of the public library of the 21st century as well as the demands it has to meet. The symposium will address significant aspects in an intensive, transdisciplinary discussion. 

International experts from the fields of library, architecture, sociology, culture, industry and politics will discuss the following three questions and engage the Berlin public into a debate about this 21st century public library – the city’s new Knowledge Space.

Aedes Network Campus Berlin, Pfefferberg
Christinenstr. 18-19
10119 Berlin
(Click here for map)

Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission is free.

As audience capacity is limited, please register with Dunya Bouchi,
The symposium will be in English only.

An ANCB Event in Collaboration with the Central and Regional Library Berlin with Accompanying Thematic Showcase of Student Architecture and Urban Design Proposals


9:15 am – 10:00 am: Welcome and Introduction

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, ANCB Director
Volker Heller, Head of Directorate Cultural Affairs, Berlin Senate Chancellery

Áine Ryan, Programme Manager, ANCB
Dr. Jonas Fansa, Planning Consultant, Central and Regional Library, Berlin

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: “The Role of the Library in the Public Domain of a Global City”

What must this library offer to become a loved public space in Berlin, knowing that Berliners are sophisticated users of public space, demanding particular physical and programmatic characteristics? 

Knud Schulz, Manager of the Main Library, Aarhus
Dulce Xerach Pérez, Oscar Dominguez Arts and Cultural Institute, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Dr. Roland Püttmann-Holgado, Head of Strategy and Acquisition, Tempelhof Projekt GmbH
Prof. Arnold Reijndorp, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam
Discussion Moderator: Áine Ryan, Programme Manager, ANCB

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: “Library Concepts for the New Media Age”

Which library concept is appropriate to these early decades of the 21st century, remarkable for the ever-growing influence of user-defined networks on virtual and social space, on the one hand, and the technology-driven opportunities for accessing and sharing knowledge and information on the other? 

Dr. Jonas Fansa, Planning Consultant, Central and Regional Library, Berlin
Olaf Eigenbrodt, Head of Libraries, Department of Language, Literature and Media, University of Hamburg
Dietmar Leyk, Architect and Professor of Urban Design, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam
Discussion Moderator: Thomas Willemeit, Graft Architects, Berlin

Coffee Break

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm: “Library Situation at Urban Interface in Berlin”

The Library’s Location and the Urban Interface. 
What is the potential for Berlin of this location on Tempelhofer Freiheit, both strategically in terms of the wider city, and locally in terms of its interface situation between diverse socio-demographic city districts?

Manfred Kühne, Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin
Jo Coenen, Architect of the Central Public Library Amsterdam
Discussion Moderator: Theresa Keilhacker, plattformnachwuchsarchitekten, Berlin

Germany – Land of Ideas Prizegiving Ceremony for ANCB

5:30 pm: Laudation

ANCB has been chosen as Selected Landmark in the Land of Ideas 2011. The initiative ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’, founded by the German Government and the Federation of German Industry, awarded ANCB as resourceful, innovative, progressive and cosmopolitan.

Juliane von Trotha, Germany – Land of Ideas
Ira Holl, Deutsche Bank



Accompanying Thematic Showcase of Student Architectural and Urban Design Proposals
As part of this discussion on the Berlin Library, ANCB invites the Berlin public’s response to a set of architectural design proposals for the new Berlin metropolitan library prepared by students from three architecture schools.

“Reading Garden Tempelhof: A New Central and Regional Library for Berlin”
Peter Behrens School of Architecture Düsseldorf, led by Prof. Thomas Willemeit and Julian Busch

“Library Calling”
Technische Universität Braunschweig, led by Prof. Rolf Schuster, Marika Schmidt and Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge

“Campus THF”
Technische Universität Berlin, Diploma Thesis by Jan Müllender

May 13 – 15, 2011
Aedes Network Campus Berlin, Pfefferberg
Christinenstr. 18-19
10119 Berlin
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

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Blog Entry by Clare Ros – in Berlin; Friday, May 6, 2011.

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