The subject will be 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).
Over the course of the next years, four types of periphery, exemplified by four case studies – informality (West Africa), upgrading (Latin America), top-down-planning (China) and segregation (Western Europe) – in connection to participation and social justice will be discussed in a range of different formats.
This kick-off symposium brought together experts from Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. They shared their work and insights into the issue of informality, upgrading, top-down-planning and segregation in the on-going process of urbanisation in the respective case-study areas.
In the afternoon, the public symposium was continued with an Internal Expert Workshop. The workshop provided an opportunity for the invited experts of the four study regions to discuss in-depth the pressing issues in an open discourse with the aim to sharpen the research questions for the project. In four working groups the need for outreaching networks and the exchange between the different investigated aspects were discussed. What can be learned from African informality and how can it be transformed to be useful in regions with strong formal frameworks? What can be transferred from upgrading favelas in South America to formal housing in Chinese developments? How to break open segregated communities with informal or upgrading strategies in unconventional ways? The working groups documented their ideas and will shape the future programme.
Expert Workshop Participants
Djamel Klouche, National School of Architecture of Versailles
Max Schwitalla, Studio Schwitalla, Berlin
Paul Friedli, Schindler Transit Management Group, Ebikon
Philipp Misselwitz, Technische Universität Berlin
Edward Schwarz, Holcim Foundation, Zurich
Moderator: Áine Ryan, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
2. South America
Jorge Perez Jaramillo, Planning Director, Medellín
Juan Manuel Patiño, Subdirector of Planning, Medellín
Ángel Luis Fernández, ALF arquitectos, Madrid
Hubert Klumpner, ETH Zurich
Renato d’Alençon, Technische Universität Berlin
Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Technische Universität Berlin
Felipe González, Bogotá
Marcos L. Rosa, Berlin, tbc
Moderator: Andrés Ramirez, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Hendrik Tieben, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Josefine Fokdal, Technische Universität Berlin
Che Fei, Peking University / CU Office, Beijing
Moderator: Eduard Kögel, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Mike Adebamowo, University of Lagos
Hassan El Mouelhi, Technische Universität Berlin, Campus El Gouna
AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute for Social and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Verena von Beckerath, Heide & von Beckerath Architects, Berlin
Moderator: Astrid Ley, University of Stuttgart