Erwin Broner Ibiza

Kögel, Eduard (2019). Erwin Broner’s Exile in Ibiza. The Transformation from Vernacular to Avant-garde in Architecture. In: Burcu Dogramaci/Kerstin Pinther (Eds.), Design Dispersed (212-231). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.


Eduard Kögel: Erwin Broner’s Exile in Ibiza.

The Transformation from Vernacular to Avant-garde in Architecture

The German architect and artist Erwin Broner had to flee from the National Socialists and came to Ibiza for the first time at the end of 1933. Like other refugees, such as the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann or the writer Walter Benjamin, he studied the traditional architecture of the island. In the 1940s Broner and his second wife, Bauhaus graduate Bella Ullmann, worked in the Hollywood film industry. At the end of the 1950s he returned to Ibiza with his third wife and designed his own house there, which is of particular importance for the discourse on Ibiza’s architectural culture. Later he built houses and studio buildings in the countryside and on the outskirts of the city, or renovated existing buildings in the old town. His approach starts from the existing situation and changes it with simple means so that the result appears completely natural.  As an artist, he was a member of Grupo 59 and a driving force for contemporary expression in all areas of cultural development.

Encounters Berlin

Berlin Encounters

Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism

30 August 2019, 3.30 pm / Reception 9 pm

As a public prelude to the project Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism in the Bauhaus centenary, a symposium in Berlin brings together international curators and experts to explore the history and the presence of modernism in Southeast Asia in the four selected cities.

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southeast asian modernism

Encounters with SEAM

Encounters with South East Asian Modernism


Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism sheds light on the history, significance and future of socially relevant design ideas of postcolonial modernism in the region and thematises them in the context of the Bauhaus centenary 2019 in Germany. With partners in four selected cities – Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Yangon – Encounters explores the impact of modernism at the crossroads between early globalisation, local conditions, and the search for an own identity, starting with the period of upheaval that accompanied the transition to independence after colonial times.

Xu Tiantian

Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing


Architecture as Transformer

Rocco Yim

Rocco Yim

An event on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition INTENSITY. The Work of Rocco Design Architects, Hong Kong at Aedes Architecture Forum


For many years Hong Kong has acted as a model for emerging cities in Asia. Its density and intensity produced an image of city that revolutionised the concept of urbanity. The original contributing factors were its public transportation system and the extreme density of its housing projects. Recent years of rapid change, brought about by economic globalisation and competition, have seen the role of public space evolve to similar importance, as new actors demand new solutions, also concerning design. The built environment has become an important factor in the rooting of floating relationships, and the meeting of new needs concerning solidarity and social justice; fostering a sense of belonging, reinforcing individual and societal identity, integrating unsettled parts of societies.

What makes Hong Kong a model in this regard, and what roles are architects playing in this process of adaptation and reinvention? Can new approaches in Hong Kong assist in finding appropriate solutions for a rejuvenation in the sprawling cities of the last generation and of the new upcoming ones?


Introduction and Welcome
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin
Dr. Eduard Kögel, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

Rocco Yim, Rocco Design Architects, Hong Kong

Podium Discussion
with Rocco Yim, Kristin Feireiss and Eduard Kögel


Architecture and identity

architecture and identity


Eduard Kögel: Chinesische Konditionen. Architektur als Abbild der Landschaft, in db deutsche bauzeitung, 6/2014, S. 34–41.


Eduard Kögel: Ost-West-Dialoge: 100 Jahre chinesische Architektur, in West >< Ost. Von China Lernen? Sonderveröffentlichung zur Messe Nürnberg der Zeitschrift XIA, Intelligente Architektur, 2012, S. 62–94.


Eduard Kögel: Zwischen Beaux Arts und Moderne: Chinese Renaissance, in Trans, Wien, März 2010 (e-Pulikation).


Eduard Kögel: Vom Material zum Raum: Aspekte einer neuen Architektur in China, in Peter Cachola Schmal, Zhi Wenjun (Hrsg.): M8 in China. Zeitgenössische chinesische Architekten. (Ausstellungskatalog DAM Frankfurt) Berlin, 2009, S. 12–15.


Eduard Kögel: Gefälschte Identität oder Sehnsucht nach Exotik, in Archimaera 2, Raubkopie, Mai/2009, S. 111–123,


Eduard Kögel: Using the Past to Serve the Future – The Quest for an Architectual Chinese Renaissance Style Representing Republican China in the 1920s–1930s, in Peter Herrle, Erik Wegerhoff (Eds): Architecture and Identity. Münster: LIT-Verlag 2008, p. 455–468.


Conference: Architecture and Identity

Berlin, December 6-8, 2004 House of World Cultures & Berlin University of Technology

Eduard Kögel: Search for Identity in Contemporary Architecture in China


Eduard Kögel: Architektenszene in Peking. Zeitgenössische Kultur?, in db 8/2004, S. 49–51.