REGION AS CITY. The Spatial Interdependencies Beyond the City
2012 -1014

Just as cities mean far more to their inhabitants than the sum of their physical parts, places out- side of cities similarly unite communities and individuals through meanings assigned to their built and natural landscapes. Arguably, more than in the city, the everyday life that assigns these meanings is lived out in multiple settlements and in the landscapes that connect them, at scales as large as the region. This Region As City project focuses on fresh concepts, new analytical tools, and rethought design approaches with which to understand, plan and make decisions about such regions outside the city.

Furthermore, the project was initiated to give due attention to the region in its own right, rather than in terms of its hie- rarchical relationship to the city. The project argues that conceptual understandings of the region as only a supportive hinterland for the city appear invalid, out of date and ineffective; as are the design and planning tools and instruments grown from this thinking. Rather, as an examination of recent generations of economic, environmental and recreational activities in the rural region can demonstrate, the region is built upon spatial interdependencies that are increasingly inde- pendent of the city ‘proper’. This, combined with the pace of often-dramatic spatial transformations underway in the ‘countryside’, urgently demand an overhaul of the concepts and visual representations describing the region.


April 2013 - May 2014
A catalogue of bespoke typologies for buildings, spaces and mobility modes were prepared for a constellation of four small villages located one hour to the east of Berlin, in a project initiated by local resident and journalist Anita Wünschmann. The basis for these proposals was semester-long studies by the various universities that focused on the functional and experiential ties between the four places and the wider region. A shared-design studio and sympo- sium at ANCB began this project phase.

Self-made Tourism
Design Studio. Leibniz Univeristät Hannover: Prof. Jörg Schröder, Miriam Mlecek

Self-made Suburbia
Design Studio. HafenCity Universität Hamburg: Renée Tribble, Jakob Schmid

The Future of Periphery
Design Studio.TU Berlin: Prof. Angela Uttke, Andreas Brück, Anna Juliane Heinrich

Fallstudie Ortsverband Woltersdorf
Design Studio. Münster School of Architecture: Prof. Joachim Schultz-Granberg

Design Studio and Public Debate.  Regional City – Vom Wohnort zum Lebensort.
12 – 26 September 2013

Design Studio. Politecnico di Milano: Edgelands and Urban Agriculture
29 April – 3 May 2013

November 2012
Two parallel design studios developed visualisation-based tools; for anticipating climate change implications and for facilitating public participation on policies to address these. The Brandenburg region northwest of Berlin was the case study.
Resilience. Testing Regions Under Stress
TU Delft: The Why Factory. Prof. Winy Maas, Felix Madrazo, Alexander Sverdlov, Giovanni Bellotti
Shrinking Regions Growing Democracy
TU Delft: Design as Politics. Prof. Wouter Vanstiphout, Marta Relats, Ekim Tam, Mike Emmerik

Part of the ANCB Theme:
No Space Without Traits

Concept Paper:
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