Christopher Dell

Christopher Dell lives and works as a theorist and composer in Berlin. According to Reclam Jazz Lexicon, he is one of the leading vibraphonists in Europe for which he has been awarded with several prizes. Dell is the director of ifit, Institute for Improvisation Technology in Berlin. He teaches architectural theory at the Universität der Künste Berlin and at the Architectural Association, London. He has been a guest Professor for Urban Theory at the HCU Hamburg and TU Munich. Together with others, he is the founder and initiator of the research project Universität der Nachbarschaften (The Neighborhoods’ University) at the HafenCity University, Hamburg. Christopher Dell’s scientific focus is on the practices and organizations of today’s cities. In inter-disciplinary work constellations, he seeks relational forms of action as a method to conceptualize design. His book Replaycity (Berlin 2011), plays with musical perspectives, where urban spaces are co-created through everyday actions. He translates this into a Technology of Improvisation as an urban practice for the 21st century.