Science in the City
European Metropolises and Architectures of Science from the 19th Century to the Present

As a cosmopolitan city, Berlin has a long tradition of scientific buildings that have shaped the cityscape over the last three centuries and have given it a face of its own. The first buildings were not universities, but buildings for the Charité and the Academy of Sciences. Only later university buildings did determine the appearance of the city. Despite this strong representation, they were also subject to the constant change of Berlin's growing European metropolis. Urban planning ideas and political front positions within the city left their mark and are still visible today.

Berlin has a valuable architectural heritage, which is not only preserved, but also constantly expanded and thus contributes to the common European heritage.

Architectures of Science – Exhibition

+++ A digital version of the exhibition is currently being prepared. It will be available for viewing from mid-April 2020 at +++

The exhibition "Architectures of Science. The Universities of Berlin from a European Perspective" contextualises the urban planning ensembles of Berlin's universities in terms of the history of science, their architects, building concepts, urban planning contexts and political framework conditions. The correlation of urban development and university buildings was visualized in an animation with historical maps from different times.

A magazine has been published to document the exhibition.

Stations of the exhibition

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Foyer der Juristischen Fakultät, 19.06. – 30.07.2018

Technische Universität Berlin
Galerie des Lichthofs, 23.11.2018 – 27.01.2019

Freie Universität Berlin
Henry-Ford-Bau, 01.02.2019 – 10.03.2019

Building for Science – Open Lecture Series

Open series of events in summer semester 2019
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Technische Universität Berlin
IfA – Institut für Architektur
Straße des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin
Raum A151

The open lecture series will bring together architects, urban planners, (scientific and artistic) historians, sociologists and philosophers in a discussion on architecture and science. With a view to current and historical solutions for building for science, perspectives for the future will also be developed and discussed:

Does science (still) need a special housing? How do the demands of science with regard to representativeness and functionality relate to each other?

Do the natural sciences, life sciences or the humanities formulate different demands on their buildings - and how can architects even meet these demands?

How does the university define itself architecturally? Will the digital revolution change the research locations and knowledge stores of the future?

How do the university and science position themselves architecturally in the metropolis and what urban-communicative offers do they make to society?


Technische Universität Berlin, 02.05.-11.7.2019

02.05. Was ist Wissenschaftsarchitektur?
Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch - Sauerbruch Hutton/Akademie der Künste Berlin + Dr. Hans-Dieter Nägelke (Architekturmuseum TU Berlin)

09.05. Universitätsbauten und Stadt. Historische und theoretische Perspektiven
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Metzler (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Jörg Gleiter (TU Berlin), PD. Dr. Arne Schirrmacher (HU Berlin)

16.05. Universitätsarchitektur und Diktatur
Prof. Dr. Harald Bodenschatz (TU Berlin)
different location: Humboldt-Universität, Unter den Linden 6, HS 1072

23.05. Das Labor als architektonisches Experiment
Georg Augustin - augustinundfrankarchitekten + Prof. Christine Nickl-Weller – Nickl Partner
different location: Hauptgebäude der TU, H 111

06.06. Kaiser-Schloss / Humboldt-Forum
Peter Westermann – Hilmer & Sattler und Albrecht + Prof. Dr. Margarete Pratschke (HU Berlin)

13.06. Kopf-Bauten / Denk-Orte
Volker Giezek & Martin Boden-Peroche – Code Unique Architekten +
Ehrenfried Kebe & Felicitas Schoberth – Kebe + Schoberth Architekten

20.06. Science City: Wissensarchitektur in der digitalen Stadt
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rainer Noennig – (HCU Hamburg) + Prof. Dr. Martina Löw (TU Berlin)
different location: Hauptgebäude der TU, H 111

27.06. Maschinen-Bauten / Experimentier-Räume
Friedhelm Haas – Haas Architekten + Tobias Nöfer - Nöfer Architekten

04.07. Bio-Bauten / Kommunikations-Räume
Achim Bodamer – Bodamer & Faber + Prof. Dr. Kai Kappel (HU Berlin)

11.07. Lehr-Maschinen / Forschungs-Landschaften
Prof. Florian Nagler – Florian Nagler Architekten + Prof. Dr. Christian Freigang (FU Berlin)

Institut für Architektur, Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Berlin (U-Bahn Ernst-Reuter-Platz)

Architectures of Science in Berlin – Guide

In the recently published guide "Architectures of Science" the project "Science in the City" finds its closure. The architectural guide for the science city of Berlin takes a critical and detailed look at how science, architecture and the city have been interwoven over the last two centuries and still are. In this way it shines a light on political as well as social times and enables a new understanding of Berlin's university landscape.

The publication can be obtained from the publisher's website.


Department of History
PD Dr. Arne Schirrmacher
Heisenberg Fellow (DFG)