Fimmtudaginn 7. desember kl. 18.00 verður þýski arkitektinn, sýningarstjórinn, ritstjórinn og kennarinn Nikolaus Hirsch með opin fyrirlestur í Fenjamýri, Grósku. Fyrirlesturinn er hluti af "Urban Lab. Borgarýni" námskeið í Listaháskóla Íslands sem Sahar Ghaderi og Karl Kvaran leiða. HAnn tekur um klukkutíma og er haldinn í samstarfi við Arkitektafélag Íslands.

Nikolaus starfar sem listrænn stjórnandi hjá CIVA í Belgíu en þar stendur nú yfir sýningin Power sem Nikolaus mun fjalla um í fyrirlestri sínum.


Thursday the 7th of December an open class with Nikolaus Hirsch will be held in Gróska, Vatnsmýri from 18:00.

The open class is a part of the the second-year architecture studio „Urban Lab. Borgarýni“ in LHÍ led by Sahar Ghaderi & Karl Kvaran.

Nikolaus Hirsch, will give a talk for about an hour that will be continued by a little discussion with students and other architects.


The current debates on climate and energy question traditional profiles of architecture, art and engineering. Today, architects, landscape designers, artists, and urban practitioners still seem to perpetuate the heritage of the 20th century and with it the regime of carbon modernity. Yet they are also in a unique position to shift discourse and practice toward large-scale transformation. Practices change and with it curricula in academia.

Relating to his current exhibition “POWER” at CIVA in Brussels Nikolaus Hirsch proposes new practices between architecture and art that aim for social and environmental relevance. He presents a multifaceted and transdisciplinary practice that is based on the reciprocity between different formats: building, exhibition, books, online platform, symposia, performances, talks and workshops.

Nikolaus Hirsch will – among others – address the project “Do We Dream Under The Same Sky” (with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija) that was realized for Art Basel and was shown at the Garden Triennale in Aarhus and at LUMA in Arles (France). Other key projects will be presented: Cybermohalla Hub in New Delhi and Hirsch´s New York-based online platform e-flux architecture which includes groundbreaking projects such as “Accumulation”, “After Comfort”, and “Superhumanity” (with Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley).


About Nikolaus Hirsch

Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect, curator, editor, and educator, merging different formats and categories into a unique transdisciplinary spatial practice. He is currently the artistic director of CIVA in Brussels. Previously he was the Dean of Städelschule and Director of Portikus Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and has taught at the Architectural Association in London, the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at Giessen University, at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Columbia University in New York.

His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue, Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), unitednationsplaza (with Anton Vidokle), European Kunsthalle, Cybermohalla Hub (New-Delhi), and together with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija the pavilion “Do We Dream Under The Same Sky“ (Art Basel / LUMA Arles).

Hirsch has curated „ErsatzStadt“ at Volksbühne Berlin (2005), “Cultural Agencies” (Istanbul, 2009/10), numerous exhibitions at the Portikus, the Folly project for the Gwangju Biennale (2013), “Housing Question” at the HKW in Berlin (2015) and the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2021 in Venice. At CIVA he curated groundbreaking exhibitions such as “Sick Architecture” (with Beatriz Colomina, 2022), “Style Congo” (2023) and “Power” (2023).

He is the author of the books “On Boundaries” (2007), "Institution Building" (2009), “Cybermohalla Hub” (2012), and co-editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press and co-founder of e-flux architecture, which developed into a leading platform for spatial discourse.

Nikolaus Hirsch

Nikolaus Hirsch