MOBILISING THE PERIPHERY # 5 Europe: From Fragmented Periphery to Metropolitan Region
Friday, 27 April 2018, 6.30 pm and Saturday, 28 April 2018, 10 am – 1 pm

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

Dates: Friday, 27 April 2018, 6.30 pm and Saturday, 28 April 2018, 10 am – 1 pm

Place: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin


Within the past decade, many European municipalities have attempted to remedy problems in social housing estates on their urban fringes with new planning concepts that integrate the provision of employment, recreation, affordable housing, cultural infrastructure and mobility; often seeking out new co-production structures with local inhabitants and actors to deliver these infrastructures and services. In this context, urban planners and architects are increasingly asked to provide proposals that think beyond basic spatial provision. 

This fifth symposium within the ANCB & Schindler collaborative research project on urban periphery invites reflection on these attempts, and whether they are transferrable to the other manifestations of European periphery mentioned above. It also continues the central enquiry theme on the potential role of self-initiated or ‘informal’ strategies in this context. The urgency of the periphery is not only about preventing further marginalisation. Ultimately, it is about turning the situations into an advantage for the local inhabitants, and for the wider city.


Friday, 27 April 2018, 6.30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin 

Keynote Speakers and Podium Discussion

Marion Waller, Lead Advisor to Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Architecture, Attractiveness and Greater Paris Projects, Paris
Floris Alkemade, Chief Government Architect of The Netherlands / Co-curator of the IABR-2018+2020 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 

Saturday, 28 April 2018, 10 pm - 1 pm


Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin

Impulse Statements: Responses to the Fragmented Periphery

Lucy Bullivant, Creative Director,, London

Kerstin Faber, Project Leader, IBA Thüringen, Weimar

Luis Feduchi, Founder, Luis Feduchi Arqto, Madrid
Vladimir Frolov, Art Historian and Architecture Critic, St. Petersburg 

Christian Hanussek, Artist and Curator, metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs, Berlin

Emily Kelling, Department of Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin

Walter Rohn, Senior Scientist, Research Group Urban Transformations, Austrian Academy of the Sciences, Vienna

Kai Vöckler, Professor of Creativity in the Urban Context, HFG Offenbach / Head of Archis Interventions Berlin office

Hans Venhuizen, Founder, Bureau Venhuizen, Rotterdam

Followed by Q+A

The symposium will continue in the afternoon with an Internal Workshop where Friday's and Saturday's speakers will be joined by the following peers: Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Senior Researcher Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin / Associated Senior Researcher at CEDEUS, Universidad Católica de Chile; Jochen Becker, Founding Member of metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs, Berlin; Hassan Elmouelhi, Senior Researcher Habitat Unit, Technische Universität, Berlin; Hannes Langguth, Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin; Max Schwitalla, Founder Studio Schwitalla, Berlin; Jörg Stollmann, Professor of Urban Design and Urbanization at the Institute for Architecture Technische Universität Berlin; Verena von Beckerath, Founder, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH, Berlin / Professor of Housing Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


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  – Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China and Europe – in connection with participation and social justice are discussed.

Previous Events

Mobilising the Periphery #4. Focus Latin America: Segregation to Integrated Urban Landscape, 27 - 28 January 2017

Video Recording

Mobilising the Periphery #3. Focus Africa: Informality and Urban Pattern, 1 - 2 July 2016

Video Recording

Mobilising the Periphery #2. Focus China: The New Habitat, 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

The event will be in English. Admission is free.
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Part of the Project:
Mobilising the Periphery

and the ANCB Theme:
Identity in Place


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