Karen Lohrmann

Karen Lohrmann

Los Angeles/Naples/Berlin



Karen Lohrmann is an artist, urbanist, writer and curator who focuses on editorial processes as critical and projective tools in landscape visualization.  She trained in architecture, art history and scenic design at Aachen University, ETH and University of the Arts in Zurich, and TU Berlin.  She has worked on contemporary urbanism and landscape, and in film production.  Combining these topics in her classes, she was on the faculty at TU Berlin, UCLA, Harvard GSD, and the University of Innsbruck, and currently teaches in the postgraduate program EDGE Design of Cities, at SCI-Arc. 

In 2001, she initiated SdMKLm together with Stefano de Martino.  They address spaces in transformation, cultural manifestations and resultant landscapes through projects, publications, exhibitions and teaching.  They have published three monographs and jointly initiated the platform Urban States, the edition Correspondents and the testing ground Bay of Mars.  Their ongoing cycle of works, Waiting Land, was one of the conceptual segments of the FRAC’s 2019-20 Biennale d’Architecture d’Orleans, Years of Solitude.


Karen's General Blog on Archinect:

The Los Angeles Biennale : Currently at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Formerly at the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism.

The Los Angeles Biennale is an experimentation in creating a nomadic biennale on urbanism, hosted by the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. This blog will cover the preparation, activities and findings from this experiment.

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Karen's Featured Articles on Archinect

Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto", Thu, Jul 31 '14

When its first seeds were presented in 1977, Berlin: A Green Archipelago was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at Cornell University deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of ...

Book Review: 'The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto'