December 19, 2014 - StadtBauKultur NRW - Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, Ostwall 7, Dortmund at ehemaliges Museum am Ostwall
December 19, 2014

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, Ostwall 7, Dortmund at ehemaliges Museum am Ostwall

Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider, Berlin, Antivilla, Krampnitz, 2014. © RRR, Erica Overmeer.

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, Ostwall 7, Dortmund
December 6, 2014–February 1, 2015

ehemaliges Museum am Ostwall
Ostwall 7
44135 Dortmund
Hours: Thursday 11am–8pm, 
Friday–Sunday 11am–6pm
Free admission

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, Ostwall 7, Dortmund is an exhibition of architectonic reuse projects and transformation strategies—sharing an affirmative attitude towards the existing. The exhibition was developed by architect and curator Muck Petzet as the German contribution to the 13th Venice Biennale in 2012.

The exhibition features works by AFF Architekten / AMUNT Architekten Martenson und Nagel Theissen / Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners / Brandlhuber + ERA, Emde, Schneider / Diener & Diener Architekten / Urs Füssler, Jörg Leeser / Heinle, Wischer und Partner / Hild und K Architekten / knerer und lang Architekten / LIN Finn Geipel + Guilia Andi Architects Urbanists / Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten / Robertneun TM / Schulz & Schulz Architekten and Staab Architekten. 

The exhibition project is implementing a system of values from the waste industry into the field of architecture. Could it be that—also when dealing with existing buildings and situations—reduction and avoidance are the first choice—followed by reuse and recycling? Is there something like “avoidance strategies” in the field of architecture? Can existing architecture be seen as the resource for our future? 

The projects are presented in a large scale installation with photographs taken by Dutch photographer Erica Overmeer. The exhibition building—the former Museum am Ostwall—will be an integral part—and fitting context for the exhibition. In 2009 the museum was shut down and emptied of its collection to establish a new museum in Dortmund. Since years there is an ongoing discussion whether to sell and tear down the building or adapt it to a new use. StadtBauKultur NRW wants to contribute new arguments to this discussion by implementing the RRR exhibition and superimposing the exhibition spaces with a layer of information about the rich history of the building—which since its origins as an administration building in the middle of the 19th century has undergone major changes and transformations. In this sense the exhibition itself will be a project illustrating the most important avoidance strategy: change of perception.

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, Ostwall 7, Dortmund is a project of Landesinitiative StadtBauKultur NRW 2020, promoted by Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, with support of the city of Dortmund.

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 
Exhibition design and concept: Muck Petzet
Team: Luise Angelmaier
Consultant for exhibition design: Konstantin Grcic
Photography: Erica Overmeer
Visual design: Thomas Mayfried, Swantje Grundler
Communication consultant: sbca

Ostwall 7, Dortmund
Exhibition design and concept: StadtBauKultur NRW in cooperation with the chair for history and theory of architecture (GTA) Technische Universität Dortmund
Curatorial team StadtBauKultur NRW: Karen Jung, Christine Kämmerer, Tim Rieniets
Scientific supervision: Sonja Hnilica
Graphic design: Studio Matthias Görlich, Darmstadt /  Fabian Beier, Matthias Görlich

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