Although their triggers may be global, the defining economic, socio-political and environmental challenges of today are manifest locally rather than at the scale of the nation state. This localisation makes the challenges conceptually tangible and their responses imaginable, as both policies and concrete projects for spaces. Hence, urban discourse promotes political city autonomy on the one hand, and participation beyond a mere meeting of top-down and bottom-up on the other, as the most effective and appropriate response framework for these challenges and for urban development in general.
Such an 'opening–up' of decision-making will not only require the encouragement of engagement – from newcomers and transient inhabitants as much as from those long-committed to a place but also expert facilitation and synthesis of this engagement into co-produced visions for the future of that place.
This theme explores the accompanying spatial design and planning toolkit, with which to co-envision, co-decide and co-produce the future of the city, and overcome the established 'expert-lay' divide in decision-making about places and cities. Not alone the divide between government authorities and citizens, but importantly, also the divide between design and planning professionals and city inhabitants. Which tools can replace the static, abstract, and mistrusted masterplan, which participation instruments can carry the process of commissioning public buildings and spaces or awarding industry contracts, which set of urban indicators assists decision-making and awarding of contracts? Can architects and planners be educated as facilitators and co-conceivers of such new tools and processes? How can room for experimentation (and failure) be afforded – in terms of time, space and budget?
10 November 2016
Podium Discussion. Urban (in)securities. Defending the City
Part of the Collaborative Research Urban (in)securities. The Interplay between City Planning, Securitization and International Politics with ANCB Partner Dr. Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
COMPLETED PROJECTS AND PAST EVENTS
Collaborative Research. Taksim, Tahrir, Occupy & Co. Interdependencies between urban space, society and international politics in times of crisis with ANCB Partner Dr. Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
Dialogue. Das Kulturforum. Baukultur ohne Verfahrenskultur?
25 September 2015
Collaborative Research. The New Urban Agenda ‘On The Ground’ with ANCB Partner Katleen de Flander, IASS
2015 - 2016
Lecture. Architecture - Urban Planning - Social Diversity: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Roberta Washington
23 January 2015
Public Debate. Transforming Cities. Urban Interventions in Public Space
15 December 2014
Public Debate. Inflexión / Turning Point. The Transformation Process in Spanish Architecture
5 December 2014
Symposium. 3rd International Architectural Education Summit (IAES)
13 - 14 September 2013
Aedes Exhibition Talk. Bogotá - Caracas - São Paulo: Bottom-Up Urbanism to Design the City of the Future
12 July 2013
Symposium. Migration and City
26 November 2012
Round Table Discussion and Exhibition. Creative, Informal, Temporary, Berlin
17 June 2011
Symposium. Sensible Materie: Junge katalanische Architekten / Matèria sensible: arquitectes joves catalanes
14 January 2011
Collaborative Research. Design and Politics: The Next Phase with ANCB Research Partner Henk Ovink, The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
2011 - 2013
Symposium. Weniger ist Zukunft. Sachsen-Anhalt: Ein Labor für die Stadt von morgen
9 October 2010
Book Presentation. Improvisations on Urbanity. Trendy Pragmatism in a Climate of Change by Ton Matton and Christopher Dell; Of People and Houses: Architecture of Styria by Andreas Ruby, Ilka Ruby, photography by Livia Corona
Film Screening and Discussion. Denk mal Berlin - Wer baut die Stadt? With Regula Lüscher and Georgia Tornow
12 March 2010
Symposium. What Makes India Urban? In Cooperation with Aedes East e.V.
10 October 2009
ANCB Inaugural Symposium. Educating the Global Architect
18 - 19 April 2009