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Gallatin at the Goethe-Institut

Re-creating Cities in a New Era of Activism

Sep 29, 2014


On October 1, 2014, New York City’s Goethe-Institut, a leading center for German culture located in downtown Manhattan, will open the exhibition Weltstadt: Who Creates the City?, featuring work by Global Design NYU directors and co-authors of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), professors Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. Global Design NYU is a partnership between NYU and Gallatin to develop a multi-year project hosted by NYU campuses at New York, London, Buenos Aires, and Abu Dhabi.

Weltstadt (German for “cosmopolis” or “global city”) considers the past, present, and future of cities in the context of technical, environmental, and social change. The exhibition materials are drawn from the multimedia material from the March 2014 Cities and Citizenship conference on urbanism and politics which Anker, Harpman, and Joachim co-organized at Gallatin with the Goethe-Institut and Parsons The New School for Design. The opening reception will be held on October 1st, from 6-8 pm at the Goethe-Institut’s Wyoming Building, 5 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003, and will run through October 19. The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development has co-sponsored the exhibition, which is part of Archtober, a month-long festival for architecture and design in New York City.

In addition to teaching at Gallatin, Anker is the newly appointed inaugural chair of NYU’s new Department of Environmental Studies, while Harpman is a founding partner of the award-winning architectural firm Specht Harpman, and Joachim heads the architectural design group Terreform ONE.

Exhibition Runs: October 2-19, 2-7pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building

5 East 3rd Street

New York, NY 10003