Architecture Week Basel—Reale Räume (Real Spaces)
Basel is recognized as Switzerland’s architectural capital. Hardly any other region is home to so many internationally active architectural offices. In order to showcase the highly diverse potential of building culture, expertise, and enthusiasm in the city and surrounding area, Architektur Dialoge Basel Foundation is now initiating a new biennial platform for architecture and urban development—the Architekturwoche Basel (Architecture Week Basel, AWB).
This inaugural edition addresses the theme of “Reale Räume” (Real Spaces). It examines how globalization, digitalization, migration, climate change, and the pandemic affect the urban spaces around us. Featuring over 100 lectures, guided tours, workshops, exhibitions, films, concerts, and performances, the program is aimed at the general public. The events will take place in Basel-Stadt, Baselland, and neighboring regions of France and Germany. This year’s focus is on the “Real Spaces” of three current development sites in Basel: Dreispitz (Münchenstein), Bachgraben (Allschwil), and Klybeck. The AWB is using various formats to promote dialogue between experts and local protagonists. The Forum at each of the sites offers the opportunity to discover the three development sites and exchange views on the urban transformation process with the various stakeholders.
The first Basel Pavilion made of reused building components will be inaugurated on May 10 at the Dreispitz site as part of the AWB. It is a temporary open venue whose architecture demonstrates new possibilities for climate-friendly construction and the circular economy. All the key components consist of reclaimed materials from regional deconstructions. The design of the “Loggia Basileana” emerged from an international competition won by the young Spanish architectural firm isla.
The AWB Award “Trouvailles” promotes visionary uses of public space in order to open new perspectives on the city. It is given to architects as a commission for the development of non-built open and urban spaces in the public sphere. Through a variety of interventions, the AWB would like to invite the public and architects to perceive the city in a new way.
For the Open Office event, numerous architecture, engineering, and planning offices in the city and surrounding region will open their doors to the public to share insights into the design and production of architecture.
The AWB program is complemented with events organized by local partners. Check their website for a full program of events.
Note that the "Open House Basel" event will also be taking place on the last two days of Architekturwoche Basel, on May 14 and 15.