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Conference at the Getty Center to Focus on Berlin’s Architectural Transformation Through a Los Angeles Lens

Berlin’s Meaning in Los Angeles: Architecture and the City Sponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

November 9, 1999

LOS ANGELES, CA--On Monday, December 6, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesday, December 7, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., the Getty Research Institute and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles will sponsor Berlin’s Meaning in Los Angeles: Architecture and the City, a conference at the Getty Center that will explore the meaning of Berlin’s urban transformation and its relevance for Los Angeles.

The conference will examine how new architectural forms are giving expression to the changing image of Berlin at the end of the 20th century. Participants will also consider how architecture in Los Angeles is playing an increasingly important role in defining the dynamically changing city.

Berlin’s Meaning in Los Angeles will gather architects, historians, critics, and others active in the field of architecture and urban planning. The keynote speakers are Jane Kramer, author of numerous books on Germany and Europe and contributor to The New Yorker, and Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin. Among the many noted German architects participating is Axel Schultes, designer (with Charlotte Frank) of the award-winning Bonn Art Museum, and Hans Kollhoff.

Los Angeles participants include Dagmar Richter, professor of architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, and winner of several international design competitions, and Thomas S. Hines, author of numerous books on architecture and professor of history at UCLA.

Panel discussions will cover such topics as the role of architecture in the marketing of cities, the accumulation of history and the construction of forgetting in the urban landscape, and the use of public space by diverse communities.

Free of charge and open to the public, the conference will take place in the Harold M. Williams auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations are required. The public can call 310-440-7300 for more information and registration. Approximately 400 attendees are expected.

Press is welcome to cover this conference. In addition to the Berlin’s Meaning in Los Angeles conference, the Getty is involved in several projects relating to architecture and urban planning. To find out more, call Thea Makow, public affairs associate, at (310) 440-6474.

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As a worldwide organization with 135 branches in 73 countries, the Goethe-Institut plays an important role in providing access to German language and culture all over the world. The Goethe-Institut was founded in 1951 in Munich. It promotes a wider knowledge of German culture abroad and fosters international cultural dialog with the goal of growing mutual understanding.

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