Audi Urban Future Award - the architects:
J. MAYER H. ARCHITECTS, Berlin
In visionary designs, the interdisciplinary Berlin architectural practice J. Mayer H. Architects sounds out the interface between architecture, urban planning, art installations and the development of new materials. Their projects stand out through a cultural significance that unites construction and sustainability, urbanity and architectural form. Jürgen Mayer H. studied in Stuttgart, New York and Princeton before founding his practice in 1996. He received the Mies van der Rohe Award Emerging Architects Special Mention (2003) and, among others, the International Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum (2009). Mayer H. has taught at the Architectural Association in London, at Harvard University and at the University of Toronto in Canada.
Among the best-known buildings by J. Mayer H. Architects are the Mensa Moltke at the University of Karlsruhe and the “Dupli.Casa” near Ludwigsburg – two projects whose unusual forms offer insight into the design process. The Metropol-Parasol plan for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación in Sevilla is currently under construction. The architectural model for the project is part of the permanent collection of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main.
Jürgen Mayer H., J. MAYER H. Architects
What is the first thing that comes to your mind with regard to the topic “urban future”?
Do you have a personal idea of what this future could look like?
What is your impact as an architect or landscape architect on this topic?
Do you think mobility concepts will change the future of the city, or do urban conditions change our concept of mobility?
foot.note: Marc: By the way, did you hear they are planning to build a tunnel between London and New York?
Jürgen: No way!