︎︎︎ Olaf Grawert plans, writes, and talks about architecture, with a particular focus on the political and economic conditions of spatial production. He collaborates closely with a network of people and institutions between Berlin and Zurich, developing projects that bridge theory and practice. His projects range from building design to campaigns, exhibitions, films, publications, and teaching.
︎︎︎ Architect and partner at b+
a collaborative practice that tries to understand architecture systemically and beyond the built object. b+ wants to change the conditions of production in which architecture is thought and realized. In concrete terms we are asking: What are the challenges for architecture in a changing society and how can we as architects produce both ecologically and economically viable answers to these challenges.
︎︎︎ Researcher and teacher at s+
a design and research chair at the ETH Zurich that focuses on storytelling and time-based media as design tools. s+ wants to counter conventional concepts of architecture with proposals that challenge the underlying systematics that limit collective and individual imagining. Through embedding narratives the focus of design shifts from the object and its manifestation, to the argument behind it.
︎︎︎ Founder and co-curator of 2038
an international team of architects, artists, ecologists, economists, politicians, scientists and writers. 2038 is also the German Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale: a retrospective, telling us the (hi)story that today we call our future. In different films and media we learn how we arrived in 2038, when everything just went well again. In an age of New Serenity.
Co-editor at WIA
an online plattform for video interviews which brings together opinions by leading architectural designer and thinkers from all around the world. It is a growing archive of architectural positions and a snapshot of the contemporary panorama, aimed at providing clear and concise perspectives on the question: What is Architecture?
Conventional concepts of architecture are countered with proposals that challenge the underlying systematics that limit collective and individual imagining. We need new starting points in order to imagine alternative ways of designing the world.