POSTPONED MOBILISING THE PERIPHERY - #5 Focus Europe: From Fragmented Periphery to Metropolitan Region
Friday, 13 October and Saturday, 14 October 2017

We regretfully have to inform you that we must postpone this Mobilising the Periphery event due to unforeseen circumstances. We will soon decide on an alternative date for the conference, most likely in the first quarter of 2018, and we will keep you posted. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.
The fifth symposium within the joint ANCB – Schindler Transit Management Group research project on contemporary urban peripheries worldwide.

Dates: Friday, 13 October 2017, 6.30 pm and Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
Place: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin


Friday, 13 October 2017, 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
Marco Ermentini, Represenative for G124, and Founder Ermentini Architetti, Milan
Charlie Koolhaas, Artist and Writer, Author 'What Happened to Rotterdam'

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10 am - 1 pm

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

Impulse Talks: Responses to the Fragmented Periphery
Walter Rohn, Senior Scientist, Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Christian Hanussek, Artist and Curator, MetroZones.Centre for Urban Affairs, Berlin
Hans Venhuizen, Founder, Bureau Venhuizen, Rotterdam
Kerstin Faber, Project Leader, IBA Thüringen, Weimar
Kai Vöckler, Professor for Creativity in the Urban Context, HFG Offenbach / Head of Berlin office, Archis Interventions
Luis Feduchi, Founder, Luis Feduchi Arqto, Madrid
Emily Kelling, Department of Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin
Lucy Bullivant, Creative Director,, London

Followed by Q+A

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.
The symposium will continue in the afternoon with a closed 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; Hannes Langguth, Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin;  Max Schwitalla, Founder Studio Schwitalla, Berlin.

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.

Past Event
Mobilising the Periphery #4. Focus Latin America: Segregation to Integrated Urban Landscapes, 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.

Part of the Project:
Mobilising the Periphery

and the ANCB Theme:
Identity in Place


ANCB Partners 2018

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