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Critical Urbanism, Research, Future Architecture Platform, Forty-five-degrees North, Radical Rituals, Collective Space, Urban Design, Architecture


November 2019, Berlin, Germany

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forty-five degrees
Leipziger Str. 63
10117 Berlin, Germany


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45° is an architecture and urban design practice dedicated to the critical making of collective space. 45° North: the watershed between the Mediterranean of our idealism and the Northern seas of our pragmatism, an arbitrary border that thousands of migrants dream and attempt to cross. 45° C: the highest temperature ever recorded in several European cities in 2019. A reminder that we can no longer postpone a societal shift towards degrowth and circularity. 45°, x=y: a straight line produced by the perfect equivalence of two terms, the interchangeability of alternative identities. 45°, diagonal: the balance between verticality and horizontality, top-down and bottom-up. It is a belief in democratic processes. 45° proposes an oblique perspective on space-making, a view that goes beyond the façade of things and looks at their hidden corners.

45º is Alkistis and Gian Maria. They graduated from the MAS in Urban Design at ETH Zurich. Since then, they worked in different countries on cutting-edge projects and have been awarded in many competitions such as: Rethink Athens, AAA architetti Cercasi, Europan 12, and more. They have taught at ETH Zurich, TU Braunschweig, INDA Bangkok, CanActions School. Gian Maria is cofounder of Space Saloon, a platform exploring alternative teaching methods. Alkistis has been part of the Institute for Spatial Experiments of Olafur Eliasson and she’s currently holder of a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.


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