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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

Studium der Architektur an der Technischen Universität Wien Lehr- und Wanderjahre in Europa, Mittel- und Fernost und in den Vereinigten Staaten 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
 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. Bogdanovic obtained a BSc degree, with a thesis: "Preliminary Town Planning Design and a Detailed Plan for Reconstruction of Trstenik on Peljesac". 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. She obtained a Specialization, with a research: "Elements for Urban Monograph of Pristina". 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. 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. She obtained her Ph.D., with a dissertation: "Streets - Structure and Typology: Case study of Belgrade Streets" at the University of Belgrade.
 Dr. Ruzica Bogdanovi holds BSc, Specialization, MS and Ph.D. in Urban and Spatial Planning from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Serbia).

Arch. Vedran MIMICA

Assistant Dean, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam

Diploma as an architect-engineer, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture Post-graduate course, Diocletian Palace, Split Post-graduate course in Plecnik's Ljubljana (and 1990-1991) Post-graduate Course, University of Delft Architect, Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty for Architecture, Zagreb
 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

Professor an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Bratislava Rektor der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Abgesandter des Slow. Nationalrates

Dr. Gerfried SPERL

Consulting editor, Der Standard, Wien

Journalist der "Kleinen Zeitung" Chefredakteur der "Südost-Tagespost" Stellvertretender Chefredakteur des "Kurier" Mitbegründer des "Standard"
 Studium der Germanistik, Anglistik und Philosophie an der Universität Graz
bis 1982