Anna Kostreva interviews spatial practitioners about solidarity, politics, and sustainability in cities
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ɐrchitect YOSHI FAJAR KRESNO MURTI & uɹbɐnist MARIA ADRIANI
Architecture without Borders
ɐrchitect KAMIL MUHAMMAD
ɐrtist FOLKE KÖBBERLING
Kunstblock and Beyond
ɐrtists KIM SONNTAG 1, 2, & 3
About Anna Kostreva
I’m an architect, artist, and researcher based in Berlin. I studied at Cooper Union School of Architecture in NYC, a small college that awarded full tuition scholarships to all of its students based on creative aptitude entrance exams. When I graduated at the peak of the financial crisis in 2009, Cooper Union had to change its entry policies and job prospects were at an all-time low…
However, I was lucky enough to find an alternative outside of New York: I received a Fulbright grant to research how youth navigate post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2010 when the FIFA World Cup was reorganising many aspects of the city. Berlin, since then my home, has offered up an amazing hotbed of support for working in architecture and urbanism offices while also maintaining my own more experimental practice. In 2017, I started teaching architecture with the Institute for Design and Architectural Strategies (IDAS) at the Technical University in Braunschweig, inspiring and grounding bachelors students to think through architecture.
I have a particular interest in making publications and two of my projects have resulted in books. Berlin: A Morphology of Walls was published by Archive Books in 2014 and is a personal, but methodological and cartographic, analysis of the city through the lens of its different border scenarios over time. Three Pathways to Get Anywhere, 2015, is a piece of experimental non-fiction about traveling in China and Japan — with much support from the publishing project Rough Beast and the graphic design Studio Yukiko. Currently, I am engaged with the theme of digital urban environments as a way to understand neo-colonial relations and to make new work, both on my own and collaboratively. The launch of the audio series ‘Recast by Design’ on sub_ʇxǝʇ radio extends my dialogic research and publication into solidarity, politics, and sustainability in material-spatial practice.
Please get in touch: RBD (at) annakostreva.org
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