This is a Studio Elective course, open to both majors and non-majors. Berlin is a city in transformation. In this seminar we will focus on relationships between art and architecture in public places that make such transformations visible. We will explore how relationships of art and architecture are influenced by larger political, social and cultural contexts. We therefore will clarify how we can read the historical time that is inscribed in public places, and how we do relate today to these sites? These questions will be taken up in regard of various places in Berlin, old and new and in the former east and west. The sites we will look at encompass ‘historical’ ones like the New National Gallery from Mies van der Rohe, which is connected with a sculpture garden, the ‘Hansaviertel', a post-War dwelling district, and the place where the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is located but also more recent ones like the Elliptical Pavilion and the 'Café Bravo' from the American artists Dan Graham and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe realized by the American architect Peter Eisenman. We will study more closely the connection of the planning of a space and the use of it. And how does a place get affected, if the space gets used for another purpose then it was planed for? Here we are using the example of the St. Agnes church in brutalist style from the architect Werner Duettmann that is since 2011 the Johann Koenig Gallery in Berlin. It is also one of the two locations of NYU Berlin. The seminar is focused on art and architecture as main features of public places that make the larger environment and its historical, social and political contexts more conspicuous.