Oct 29, 2022–Jan 15, 2023

There Are Walls that Want to Prowl

Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, 10179 Berlin Map
Wed–Sun 2–7 pm

With There Are Walls that Want to Prowl, the curators have created a multi-layered installation that combines building models from Lloyd Kahn’s books with architectural models by Leopold Banchini, interview footage, and photographs of Kahn’s California estate. The work was inspired by Lloyd Kahn’s iconic books Domebook One (1969), Domebook 2 (1970), and Shelter (1973). These three compendia of self-build architecture tell stories of alternative dwellings from nomadic structures in the Iron Age to contemporary mobile homes, consistently extolling ecological and self-reliant ways of living that liberate themselves from capital and production methods marked by alienation. The various de-growth models presented in Kahn’s books are revisited and rediscussed in There Are Walls that Want to Prowl and the concomitant publication Shelter Cookbook as serious alternatives to conventional forms of building and living together.

As a contribution to the Architecture Biennale, There Are Walls That Want to Prowl was first shown in Venice in 2021 and is strongly related to the Biennale’s question How Will We Live Together.