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Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geƶffnet

ARCH+ and SUMMACUMFEMMER BÜRO JULIANE GREB to curate and design the German contribution to the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale 2023

The curators of the German contribution to the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 have been announced. For their concept Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet ARCH+ together with SUMMACUMFEMMER BÜRO JULIANE GREB were selected by the expert commission chaired by Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM). The contribution is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building.

Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet demonstrates the opportunities and potential of future tasks to advance sustainable, social, and inclusive architecture and urban design. By highlighting specific examples, it takes up the biennale motto The Laboratory of the Future by Lesley Lokko, curator of the 18th Architecture Biennale, and translates it into practice. Topics such as repair, maintenance, and care, as well as new alliances and forms of solidarity in architectural practice, are the focus of the German contribution.


Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet
German Pavilion, 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
May 20, 2023 – Nov 26, 2023

Curatorial team:
Anne Femmer, Franziska Gödicke, Juliane Greb, Christian Hiller, Melissa Koch, Petter Krag, Anh-Linh Ngo, Florian Summa


About ARCH+

ARCH+ is one of the leading journals for architecture and urbanism, dedicated to critical reflection and communication of the societal aspirations of architecture and urban development. Embedded in broader cultural and political discourses, ARCH+ also develops and realizes exhibitions, symposia, and discussion events. Recent projects include the exhibitions Architectures of Cohabitation (2022, SchauFenster), Cohabitation (2021, silent green), 1989–2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin (2019, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), An Atlas of Commoning (2018–2028, touring exhibition of ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), and the international initiative projekt bauhaus (2015–2019). In 2020, ARCH+ was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for Architecture by the Akademie der Künste.



SUMMACUMFEMMER BÜRO JULIANE GREB is a joint venture by the architects Juliane Greb, Anne Femmer, Petter Krag, and Florian Summa. The team designed and implemented the experimental cooperative housing project San Riemo in Munich, for which they received the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) Architecture Award in 2022. The four architects work in pairs in Leipzig and Ghent (Belgium).


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