The Tiefgarten

From the visit to the New National Gallery Berlin, and the preservation and restoration whose criteria are shifting.
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A comment by Imke Woelk in bauwelt 09.21. Here, she draws her own astonishing summary of the restoration work that has been done, based on an exemplary examination of one detail of this prominent building. 
April 2021


The Tempelhofer Feld as a nature reserve

A conversation with architect Imke Woelk about climate protection, ecological building and a future city on the A24 Hamburg-Berlin highway.
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Interview in the Berliner Zeitung on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Human Scale Remeasured – New spatial requirements, societal demands and economic values in architecture’ at Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin. The conversation was conducted by Elena Matera.
February 2021


And no one is asking: Do you even want that?

Why is urban redensification so complicated? How can resources and green spaces be conserved? Why is architecture not part of the educational program? A conversation with the architect Imke Woelk about necessary changes and her visionary concept for urban growth corridors within natural spaces.
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Interview by Tom Mustroph in taz. die tageszeitung.  To mark the presentation of 15 projects by international architects and planners on environmental sustainability, social justice and economic feasibility at Galerie Aedes, Berlin.
January 2021

Letter to the Mayor, Berlin

What would it be like to initiate a project that brings together a variety of the questions that need to be solved in this city in a project on Tempelhofer Feld and that works in a very concrete way to build a resilient city?
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Open letter to the Governing Mayor of Berlin in the context of the global project ‘Letters to the Mayor’. Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York and German Center for Architecture (DAZ) Berlin
November 2019


Architecture Can Act as a Resonance Chamber

What if every spatial response was driven by a new consciousness that aims for sustainability and humanity? Not through representation, but through the mediation of togetherness, architecture can have an impact on.
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Jury Statement, in: Czech Architecture Award 2019, edited by the Czech Chamber of Architects, Prague
October 2019


Berlin Common Archipelagos

‘Berlin – Common Archipelagos’ is a response to the contemporary discussion on the relationship between the city and the environment by building ‘urban landscapes’. It offers alternative hybrid spaces of urban density, adaptable large-scale structures embedded in geological formations in nature.
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in: Learning from Berlin – The large-scale structure as urban generator, edited by Roger Riewe, Sorana-Cornelia Radulescu and Armin Stocker, TU Graz
May 2019


A Different Nature

On architecture, its ability to represent and the questionable relationship between humans and animals. A text on the re-use of the Bärenzwinger (bear pit) in Berlin.
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in: Bärenzwinger Berlin – Trace, Architecture, Projections, edited by District Office Berlin-Mitte, Department of Art and Culture, Dr. Ute Müller-Tischler
March 2019


Garden Home – Potential for Inner-City Redensification
A transformation of existing allotment garden colonies activates urban resources. In the most spatially reduced form, living and working in one’s own house with garden becomes possible. The result is a supplement and green alternative to the existing residential typologies of the Berlin metropolis.
The complete contribution in the book Rurbane Landschaften by Transcript Verlag (PDF)

in: Rurbane Landschaften (“Rurban” landscapes), perspectives of the rural in an urbanized world, edited by Sigrun Langner and Maria Frölich-Kulik, Rurale Topografien, Ed. 7, Weimar (Transcript Verlag)
November 2018


Specific Practical Value of a Universal Space (Arch+ Feature 70)

Imke Woelk wrote a dissertation on exhibiting art in the glass hall of the New National Gallery in Berlin. Here she explains why Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created a democratic, threshold-free space for it.
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Arch+ Feature 70, in: ARCH+ 230: Project Bauhaus 2: Architectures of globalization, edited by: Nikolaus Kuhnert, Anh-Linh Ngo, Günther Uhlig, Berlin
December 2017


Garden Home – The Potential of Allotments for Redensifying the Inner City (Arch+ 225)

How can residential space for 50,000 households in the immediate proximity of Berlin’s city center be created by just a small change in the law? “Garden home” shows how the enormous potential of allotment colonies can be developed without destroying their small-scale structure. All that is needed is a change in the mindset of the new residents.
The whole article in Arch+ 225 (PDF)

in: ARCH+ 225: Legislating Architecture – Gesetze gestalten!, edited by: Arno Brandlhuber, Tobias Hönig, Anh-Linh Ngo, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Berlin
June 2016


Why Drawings?

Imke Woelk on drawing as a tool of understanding, ordering and spatial mapping. The text accompanies the exhibition catalog of the series “Katsuras Räume” (Katsura Spaces), in which she elaborates on the different levels of openness of the Japanese Villa Katsura, a building ensemble with accompanying gardens from the 16th century.
The entire text (PDF)

in: Imke Woelk, Katsuras Räume – Drawings, Edited by Peter Dittmar, Berlin
June 2011