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The Transformation of Cities’ Cultural Identities

Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Focus Transform
Cities are not static. They are subject to processes of change that affect the way in which they function, their appearance and their conception of themselves. Unlike obvious disruptions in development, processes of transformation often occur  by stealth , unnoticed by most people. A new awareness and new identities are not forged under the impact of events themselves; rather, a sensibility for the new outline conditions must be created first. How does architecture respond to such processes of transformation? Can it help to make the transformation a more cognitive event? And what landmarks does architecture create in this process?

Professor, Lehrstuhl für Industriebau und interdisziplinäre Bauplanung, Technische Universität Wien; CEO, ATP Architekten und Ingenieure, Innsbruck/Wien
President, Belgrade Town Planners Association, Belgrade
Assistant Dean, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam
Chefarchitekt, Stadt Bratislava
Consulting editor, Der Standard, Wien Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Christoph M. ACHAMMER

Professor, Lehrstuhl für Industriebau und interdisziplinäre Bauplanung, Technische Universität Wien; CEO, ATP Architekten und Ingenieure, Innsbruck/Wien

1977-1983 Studium der Architektur an der Technischen Universität Wien
1983-1987 Lehr- und Wanderjahre in Europa, Mittel- und Fernost und in den Vereinigten Staaten
1987 Eintritt als Architekturpartner bei ATP Achammer Tritthart & Partner, 1999 Gründungsgesellschafter und Vorstand, ATP Planungs- und Beteiligungs AG, Holding des architekturgeführten Gesamtplanungsunternehmens ATP Achammer-Tritthart & Partner, Architekten und Ingenieure, Innsbruck, Wien, München, Frankfurt, Zagreb, Prag
2001 Berufung zum Univ.-Professor für Industriebau und interdisziplinäre Bauplanung an die Technische Universität Wien, Institut für interdisziplinäres Bauprozessmanagement
 Christoph Achammer ist CEO des Gesamtplanungsbüros ATP Architekten und Ingenieure, welches (nach gewonnenem Wettbewerb) das erste Hochbauprojekt in der Seestadt - ein Technologiezentrum, das aspern iq - umsetzt.


President, Belgrade Town Planners Association, Belgrade

 Dr. Ruzica Bogdanovi holds BSc, Specialization, MS and Ph.D. in Urban and Spatial Planning from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Serbia).
1969 Dr. Bogdanovic obtained a BSc degree, with a thesis: "Preliminary Town Planning Design and a Detailed Plan for Reconstruction of Trstenik on Peljesac".
1969-1972 She worked first as a trainee and then as an architect in the design and construction company Invest Biro, on designing and implementing a number of architectural projects, town planning solutions, programs and competitions.
1973 She obtained a Specialization, with a research: "Elements for Urban Monograph of Pristina".
1978 She obtained a MSc degree, with a thesis: "Possibility of Semiological Research - Case Study of Belgrade, Investigating the Transformation of Traditional Heritage and its Participation in the Formation of the Contemporary City", at the University of Belgrade.
1975 She took up the position as Assistant in the Department for Urbanism and Traffic, at the Faculty of Transport in Belgrade, where she nowadays holds a Professorial position in Urbanism.
1987 She obtained her Ph.D., with a dissertation: "Streets - Structure and Typology: Case study of Belgrade Streets" at the University of Belgrade.
1995-2001 She has also taught Urbanism at the Faculty of Forestry, The University of Belgrade, both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Arch. Vedran MIMICA

Assistant Dean, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam

1979 Diploma as an architect-engineer, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture
1979-1981 Post-graduate course, Diocletian Palace, Split
1984 Post-graduate course in Plecnik's Ljubljana
1985-1986 (and 1990-1991) Post-graduate Course, University of Delft
1979-1990 Architect, Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty for Architecture, Zagreb
since 1991 Berlage Institute, Amsterdam: Vedran Mimica joined the Berlage Institute as Project Co-ordinator, by the invitation from Herman Hertzberger who was the founder and the first Dean of the Institute. Currently he is Associate Dean at the Berlage Institute responsible for creating the educational programme, composing the curriculum and guiding research activities.
 Vedran has been lecturer, visiting critic and examiner at numerous schools of architecture all over the world. He organized serious of workshops and project in Zagreb, Split, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Belgrade, and Tirana, as an attempt to develop cities in southeast Europe after a large-scale catastrophe caused by the war in former Yugoslavia.
 Currently he is a project leader of Matra Social Transformation Programme for Central and Eastern Europe of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a project "Croatian Archipelago New Lighthouses".
 Vedran is extensively engaged in the curatorial activities, currently curetting Croatian exhibition as well as the Berlage Institute exhibition at Venice Biennale.
 He is a head of the curatorial team for the 3rd International architecture Rotterdam Biennale 2007.

Arch. Stefan SLACHTA

Chefarchitekt, Stadt Bratislava

1995 Professor an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Bratislava
1994-2000 Rektor der Akademie der Bildenden Künste
1998-2002 Abgesandter des Slow. Nationalrates
2002 Vorsitzender Slowakische Architektenvereinigung

Dr. Gerfried SPERL

Consulting editor, Der Standard, Wien

 Studium der Germanistik, Anglistik und Philosophie an der Universität Graz
bis 1982 Journalist der "Kleinen Zeitung"
1982-1987 Chefredakteur der "Südost-Tagespost"
1987-1988 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur des "Kurier"
1988 Mitbegründer des "Standard"
1992-2007 Geschäftsführender Chefredakteur der Tageszeitung "Der Standard"