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Book Lounge: The residential complex – Why we need new forms of dwelling


Why do so many people expect a detached house to bring them happiness? They leave the cities and move to the surrounding urban hinterlands, where a dismal hotchpotch of residential estates floods the landscape. In the future, we will not be able to afford the house for the nuclear family as we know it today anyway, from an economic as well as an ecological perspective. But what should our houses look like in the future? What do they reveal about our lives? Is there an entirely different way of imagining them? This funny, controversial and extremely well researched book demonstrates that construction in Germany needs to be completely reconceived. The book also shows how people live in other parts of Europe, as well as in Japan and in America – beyond the suburban wastelands and apartment blocks.

Pure82_2015_Book-Lounge_Maak_PortraitNiklas Maak was born in Hamburg in 1972, studied art history, philosophy and architecture in Hamburg and Paris and wrote his doctoral thesis in art history. From 1999 until 2001, he was editor for architecture and an author of the daily humorous column “Streiflicht” at the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since 2001, he has acted as editor of the cultural section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Among his different teaching appointments, Maak has taught architectural history as a visiting professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main as well as at universities in Basel and Berlin. Today he lives in Berlin and directs the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung‘s art desk. Maak has received the George F. Kennan Prize for his work; in 2012, he was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize and recently the COR Prize fOr Architectural Criticism in 2014.

The lecture takes place on Monday, 19-1-2015 at 12:15 pm at The Stage, Pure Village, hall 2.2.

All lectures will be translated simultaneously into English.

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