University Design Studios
University teachers and their students explore a defined urban challenge through specific case study sites and/or building typologies in Berlin. Thus, the studios are set within a ‘real’ framework of design briefs, urban problems and sites throughout Berlin, reflecting the city’s rich diversity of form, scale and public spaces. The outcomes are collated and presented to our local partners. The studios are enriched with lectures and urban tours tailored to the specific case study. The selected topics and relevant sites are derived from the threads and outcomes of the programme at ANCB.
More than 120 University Design Studios have taken place to date.
Short and provocative presentations jumpstart the debate between peers, involving a public audience. Whether as single events or as a series, our public debates are not about showcasing portfolios. Instead key figures from design, research and governance take on topics ranging from climate change to the social fragmentation of urban societies. Our debates aim at generating an understanding of the complexity of the issues our cities are facing today. The debates are framed within ANCB's themes and their results are in turn explored in depth in the course of our University Design Studios.
More than 178 Public Debates have taken place to date.
ANCB and a partner from industry, governance or research collaboratively explore a particular architectural or urban question involving specialists from governance, research/ academia and practice. This format undertakes research over a one to three-year period with tailor-made enquiry strategies that include a combination of surveys, debates, professional workshops, design studios and reports.
So far, Collaborative Research projects haven taken place with our partners: The Schindler Transit Management Group, The Netherlands Embassy Berlin, NOWlab@BigRep, Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau (BBSR and BMUB), Schüco, IKEA Foundation, ZEIT-Stiftung, Zumtobel, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, AXOR Hansgrohe, Wüstenrot Stiftung, The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Busch Jaeger, Secretaria Municipal de Habitação de São Paulo and S.L.U.M. Lab, Columbia University
Outputs and Documentation
ANCB collects, filters and shares the ideas, processes and proposals created in its programme and invites others to associate and contribute their experience. A unique resource for knowledge, the living ANCB archive includes publications, video recordings, ideas catalogues and a best practice and mapping database.