Berlin Brandenburg 2040: IN TOUCH

course description


Introductory presentation: Thursday 29.10.2020 | 14:00 – 16:00 physical (Forum)/online

The first semester of the Urban Design Studio will investigate the potential of infrastructure networks to connect the city‘s cores with its hinterland and beyond – case in point Berlin and Bran- denburg. Infrastructures both create connections and establish territories, but also cut and disrupt landscapes.

Travelling to sites and surveying locations, we will investigate current and future infrastructures as well as infrastructures that have become obsolete and remain as ruins in the metropolitan landscape. Trailing urban transformations occurring along the in- tersections of various infrastructures, we will endeavor to inves- tigate their pasts, qualify the present and analyze the potential of the intersections in order to speculate on their roles in the future.

Our present, shaped by the global pandemic or climate change induced droughts and heat waves, brings the grave challenges to an already highly complex urban system to the fore. In order to make a future living in Berlin-Brandenburg inclusive, equitable and ecologically sustainable – values we hold dear – will require a number of vital systemic changes and infrastructural turns.

Students will work in interdisciplinary groups exploring a varie- ty of infrastructure along specific routes. We will use speculative scenario building and for- and back-casting techniques to explore what changes and interventions in the near future should be initi- ated to bring about necessary change. Students will then develop tenders and design briefings as a basis for a comprehensive plan- ning proposal.

The Studio will be held both online and physical. Excursions are planned.
For current information please check the Webstites of CUD, Habitat Unit or TU Urban Design Master.

Teaching: WM David Bauer, WM Veljko Markovic, LA Andrijana Ivanda

Image: CUD