MOBILISING THE PERIPHERY - #2 Focus China: The New Habitat
Friday, 27 November and Saturday, 28 November 2015

The second symposium in the collaborative ANCB - Schindler Transit Management Group project on contemporary urban peripheries worldwide

Part 1: Welcome and Introduction

Friday, 27 November 2015

Welcome and Introduction

Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:04:10
Paul Friedli,
Director, Transit Management Group, Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon - 00:04:21 - 00:06:32
Florian Lennert, Director, Intelligent City, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London - 00:06:46 - 00:08:31
Eduard Kögel, Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:08:40 - 00:19:44

Part 2: Keynotes 1

Tat Lam, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong - The Potential of Urban Villages - 00:00:00 - 00:34:29
Shi Ming,
Journalist, Berlin - Financing the Change in China - 00:34:34 - 01:10:34

Part 3: Keynotes 2

Zhang Yue, Professor/Vice Dean, Tsinghua University, Beijing - Changes in the Urban Fringe of Beijing - 00:00:00 - 00.30:38

The lectures will be followed by a Q&A Session with invited experts from the case study areas and the public - 00:30:40 - 00:39:27

Part 4: Ten by Ten Part 1

Saturday, 28 November 2015
Eduard Kögel, Programme Curator, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:03:53

Ten by Ten Statements
Che Fei,
Architect, CU Office, Beijing - 00:03:58 - 00:19:44
John Omwamba,
UN-Habitat, Nairobi - 00:20:38 - 00:37:51
Hassan El Mouelhi, Architect, Technische Universität Berlin - 00:38:53 - 00:54:16 
Stefanie Ruff, Landscape Architect and Urbanist, Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin -
 00: 55:32 - 01: 08:35

Part 5: Ten by Ten Part 2

Ten by Ten Statements
Heng Chye Kiang, Dean, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore -
00:00:00 -00:18:49
Barbara Münch, Architect, Technische Universität Berlin - 00:19:49 - 00:36:47
Paul Friedli, Director, Transit Management Group, Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon - 00:38:04 - 01:04:20
Followed by a Q&A session with invited experts from the case study areas and the public.

Afterwards the discussion was continued in an Internal Expert Workshop with Friday's and Saturday's speakers as well as the following participants: Hendrik Tieben, Architect, Chinese University Hong Kong; Bettina Hamann, Urban Management, Technische Universität Berlin; Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Architect, Technische Universität Berlin; Andres Ramirez, Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin; Verena von Beckerath, Architect, Heide & von Beckerath Architects, Berlin; Hannes Langguth, Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin; Philipp Misselwitz, Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin; Marcos Leite Rosa, Architect, São Paolo/Berlin.

The government and the population in China are challenged by rapid urbanisation. The amount of arable land in the urban regions is shrinking at high speed and is therefore a valuable resource in need of a new strategy for allocation. There is a high demand for affordable housing, for additional forms of food production, for the reduction of long commuting distances – simply for a compact city organised in clusters of high functionality and with resilient impact.

These demands require a fresh approach that takes social and financial restrictions into consideration. The knowledge and self-help solutions of the floating population in so-called Urban Villages must be re-evaluated and harnessed for the development of experimental compact cluster-cities. There is a need for a new framework and for positive examples and models that rely on the know-how of the users. Searching for new forms of participation and integration – especially of those who do not have a voice in the money-based decisionmaking – is essential for success.

How to reach an inclusive model that uses synergies and produces a dense network of interaction? How to integrate a city-wide strategy with bottom-up initiatives on a local scale? What are the realities and obstacles of the people living in so-called Urban Villages? How can the existing low-quality settlements at the fringes of the cities be upgraded? Are there new strategies in discussion for a hybrid new habitat?

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

Mobilising the Periphery - Focus China: The New Habitat is supported by Berlin TXL The Urban Tech Republic, Berlin


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