Brandlhuber+ and Christopher Roth

Berlin, Germany


The Property Drama

The Property Drama is the second in a trilogy of films and an ongoing research by Brandlhuber+ and artist Christopher Roth. The first film, Legislating Architecture, was screened at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and featured interviews about the ways that legislation–from building codes to zoning laws–create new design approaches and responses that challenge the legislation from within. The Property Drama expands this enquiry and raises the question: who owns the ground and why? Brandlhuber+, Christopher Roth, and their interviewees discuss the ways that property is used as a means of control. By juxtaposing different positions, they collect, oppose, and create new approaches to legislation and building in the contemporary context. The films make explicit the ways that legislation is a historical register of the transformation and negotiation, at work in the development of our cities. The final film of the trilogy, From Architect to Politician, is forthcoming.


Brandlhuber+ is a collaborative architecture practice based in Berlin. 

It was founded by Arno Brandlhuber in 2006. He works as an architect and urban planner. Aside from his building practice—including Haus Brunnenstrasse 9 (Berlin, 2009) and Antivilla (Krampnitz, 2014)—he is researching the spatial production of the Berlin Republic, including numerous exhibitions and publications, aiming to examine the interplay of Berlin’s history, legislation, and the built.

Together with Christopher Roth, he is currently working on the film project for Legislating Architecture.  

Christopher Roth works as an artist and director. His practice may be best understood as a proactive intellectual scholarship combining the factual and fictitious with both analytic and poetic qualities. Roth’s work seeks to understand how information, words, pictures, and ideas are received, travel, and are mediated at a constantly accelerating pace. His work has been included in several exhibitions and congresses around the world.

Biennial Project: Brandlhuber+ and Christopher Roth, The Property Drama, 2017. Photo courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty