MOBILISING THE PERIPHERY - #1 Four Types / Four Cases
Saturday, 6 June 2015

A symposium to kick-off the collaborative ANCB - Schindler Transit Management Group project on contemporary urban peripheries worldwide

Part 1: Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:03:36
Paul Friedli, Director, Transit Management Group, Schindler Elevator Ltd, Ebikon - 00:03:36 - 00:07:51
Eduard Kögel, Curator, ANCB, Berlin - 00:07:52 -00:17:50

Part 2: Lectures 1

Lecture: Focus China
Hendrik Tieben, Chinese University of Hong Kong - 00:00:00 - 00:31:00

Lecture: Focus Europa
Djamel Klouche, National School of Architecture of Versailles - 00:31:59 - 01:09:18

Part 3: Lectures 2

Lecture: Focus South America
Ángel Luis Fernández, ALF arquitectos, Madrid - 00:01:07 - 00:33:35
Lecture: Focus West Africa
Mike Adebamowo, University of Lagos - 00:34:30- 01:07:39

Part 4: Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Session - 00:00:00 - 00:40:00

Urban peripheries - such as informal cities, barrios and suburbs - are typically perceived to present only great challenges or problems. 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 precondition 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 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
1. Europe
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 Pérez Jaramillo, Planning Director, Medellín
Juan Manuel Patiño Marín, 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, Arquitectura Expandida, Bogotá
Marcos Leite Rosa, Architect, Berlin
Moderator: Andrés Ramirez, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

3. Asia
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

4. Africa
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

Also hosted as part of this programme were our talk and the Aedes Berlin exhibition opening "Medellín: Topography of Knowledge" on 5 June 2015.

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


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