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MOBILISING THE PERIPHERY - #3 Focus Africa: Informality and Urban Pattern
Friday, 1 July and Saturday, 2 July 2016


The third symposium within the joint ANCB – Schindler Transit Management Group research project on contemporary urban peripheries worldwide


Part 1: Introduction and Keynote

Friday, 1 July 2016, 6 pm - 8.30 pm

Reception and Exhibition Opening
The symposium commenced with a reception and opening of a small exhibition of visual works on urban pattern in Africa generously provided by Bouwer Serfontein and Lekan Jeyifous.

Welcome and Introduction
Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:09:51

Keynote: Describing the Sub-Saharan African Periphery
Remy Sietchiping, UN Habitat, Nairobi/Kenya - Mobilising the Periphery. Sub-Saharan Africa: Informality as Catalyst? - 00:10:44 - 00:34:51



Part 2: Keynotes 2 & 3

Keynotes: Describing the Sub-Saharan African Periphery
Astrid Ley, Technical University, Stuttgart/Germany - Africa’s Urban Transition - 00:01:15 - 00:25:38
Lekan Jeyifous, Artist/Designer, New York/USA - Speculative Futures for the African City: Immanence and Imminence - 00:28:04 - 00:58:04



Part 3 - Keynote Panel

Panel Discussion
Astrid Ley, Technical University, Stuttgart/Germany
Remy Sietchiping, UN Habitat, Nairobi/Kenya
Lekan Jeyifous, Artist/Designer, New York/USA

Moderated By
Eduard Kögel, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

BACKGROUND
Africa is urbanising at the fastest rate worldwide. A combination of significant, survival-driven rural-to-urban migration, continued high population growth, and the reclassification of vast amounts of land as urban, are resulting in slum-like urban conditions on the edges and in the centre of cities; critically so in Sub-Saharan African cities where any coordinated provision of basic utilities and services cannot keep pace with population growth. Consequently, the condition of informality dominates.

This third symposium within the ANCB & Schindler collaborative research project on urban periphery focused on informality and its associated urban patterns, as manifest in the urban peripheries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants  present exemplary responses from urban practice and research, across the spectrum from policy to on the ground project. The moderated discussions focused on these as reflective of an alternative urban design and planning approach, respectful of the nature of informal realities, especially their expression of community and communality in urban form, on which urban patterns for the future city periphery in Sub-Saharan Africa can be based. Additionally, the transference of this approach to informal conditions elsewhere in the world was also discussed.

Saturday, 2 July 2016, 10 am - 1 pm

Part 4: Impulse Talks 1
Introduction
Eduard Kögel,
Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:05:02

Impulse Talks 1: Responses to Informality and Urban Pattern
Bouwer Serfontein
, Director, Holm Jordaan Group and Gary White & Associates, Stuttgart/Germany and South Africa - Africa Drawn, 100 cities - 00:05:18 - 00:15:19
Aisha Walcott-Bryant
, Manager of Cognitive Algorithms and Analytics Team and technical lead for the Mobility Team at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi/Kenya - Living Roads Project, Mobility for Developing Cities - 00:06:52 - 00:27:35
Jan van den Broeck, Anthropologist, University Leuven/Belgium - Building the Kenyan City of the Future. Master-planned Technology Hub or Rugged Frontier Town? - 00:28:43 - 00:39:12
Manuel Herz, Founder, Manuel Herz Architects, Basel/Switzerland - From Camp to City - 00:40:18 - 00:51:32


Part 5: Panel Discussion 1

Q & A Session and Panel Discussion 1: 00:00:00 - 00:21:30

Aisha Walcott-Bryant, Manager of Cognitive Algorithms and Analytics Team and technical lead for the Mobility Team at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi/Kenya
Bouwer Serfontein, Director, Holm Jordaan Group and Gary White & Associates, Stuttgart/Germany and South Africa
Jan van den Broeck, Anthropologist, University Leuven/Belgium
Manuel Herz, Founder, Manuel Herz Architects, Basel/Switzerland

Moderator:
Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin



Part 6: Impulse Talks 2

Impulse Talks 2: Responses to Informality and Urban Pattern
Fabienne Hoelzel, Founder, Fabulous Urban, Zurich/Switzerland - Infrastructure, Networks, and Alliances: The Case of Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria - 00:01:09 - 00:13:14
Chelina Odbert, Co-founder and Executive Director Kounkey Design Initiative, Nairobi/Kenya - Productive Public Spaces in Kibera/Nairobi - 00:14:25 - 00:25:15
Verena von Beckerath, Co-founder, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH Architects, Berlin/Germany - AGBADON - Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Sub-Saharan Africa - 00:26:21 - 00:38:56
John Paul Muwanguzi Senyonyi
, Co-founder and Director, ANZA Magazine, Dar Es Salaam/Tanzania - An Expanding Diversity  - 00:39:50 - 00:49:56


Part 7: Impulse Panel 2

Q & A Session and Panel Discussion 1: 00:00:00 - 00:21:30

Fabienne Hoelzel, Founder, Fabulous Urban, Zurich/Switzerland - Infrastructure, Networks, and Alliances: The Case of Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria

Chelina Odbert
, Co-founder and Executive Director Kounkey Design Initiative, Nairobi/Kenya - Productive Public Spaces in Kibera/Nairobi
Verena von Beckerath
, Co-founder, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH Architects, Berlin/Germany - AGBADON - Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Sub-Saharan Africa
John Paul Muwanguzi Senyonyi
, Co-founder and Director, ANZA Magazine, Dar Es Salaam/Tanzania - An Expanding Diversity

Moderator:
Eduard Kögel
, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

The symposium continued with an Internal Workshop where Friday's and Saturday's speakers were joined by the following peers: Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Senior Researcher Habitat Unit, Technische Universität, Berlin; Hassan El Mouelhi, Senior Researcher Habitat Unit, Technische Universität, Berlin; Silvan Hagenbrock, Urbanism Graduate, Bauhaus University, Weimar; Daniel Kötter, Director and Video Artist, Berlin; Rachel Lee, Senior Researcher Habitat Unit, Technische Universität, Berlin; Max Schwitalla, Founder Studio MaxSchwitalla, Berlin; Gesa Schönberg, Research Analyst, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin; Hendrik Tieben, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Workshops moderated by Astrid Ley and Eduard Kögel assisted by Andres Ramirez and Áine Ryan
 
BACKGROUND
Urban peripheries - such as informal cities, barrios and suburbs - are typically perceived to present only great challenges. With the project Mobilising the Periphery, ANCB and the Schindler Transit Management Group set out to stimulate new ways of thinking, to question the given preconditions of current development and to initiate a discourse on urban realities at the periphery. The aim of the project is to cross-connect new approaches and insights within a widening network and to archive and share best-practice examples with a global audience, thus creating a new public community for urban peripheries worldwide.

The subject is explored and interpreted from a range of perspectives prevalent in cities today, including examples of physical periphery – on the edge of the city (ghettos, suburbs, segregated housing estates), unregulated periphery – outside of the formal masterplan (slums, barrios, informal cities), and social periphery – on the margins of society (homeless, disabled, elderly, ethnic minorities).

Four types of periphery, exemplified by four case studies – Informality (Sub-Saharan Africa), Upgrading (Latin America), Top-Down-Planning (China) and Segregation (Western Europe) – in connection with participation and social justice will be discussed in a range of different formats.


Past Events
Mobilising the Periphery #2. Focus China: The New Habitat. Public Debate and Expert Workshop: 27 - 28 November 2015
Video Recording

Mobilising the Periphery #1. 4 Types / 4 Cases. Project Kick-off Symposium: 6 June 2015
Video Recording

We thank Schindler’s Transit Management Group in Ebikon, Switzerland for enabling this experimental approach.

Part of the Project:
Mobilising the Periphery

and the ANCB Theme:
Identity in Place




 





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