Book Launch: Moravia Manifesto

On Friday, 20th of November the book will be presented by the project team of Urban Lab Medellín | Berlin


On the occasion of the launch of the book “Moravia Manifesto. Coding Strategies for Informal Neighborhoods”, the ARCH+ Association for the promotion of architectural and urban discourse, hosts an Arch+ Salon evening on 20 September. Representatives from Moravia and their project partners and editors from Berlin will jointly present the publication as a result of the three year cooperation.

In view of the rapidly progressing urbanization worldwide, informal settlements especially in the cities of the global south must be a focus of our attention - the majority of new city inhabitants in the future will settle in these unplanned extensions of urban centers. The tools and methods of conventional urban planning have so far been unable to tackle this phenomenon. New approaches are required that combine top-down planning and bottom-up initiatives to create sustainable and viable living environments.

The Moravia Manifesto presents such alternative planning approaches put forward by the Urban Lab Medellín | Berlin; an international Think&Do Tank founded in 2016 by Urban Oasis, in cooperation with Habitat Unit at TU Berlin and Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, supported by ARCH+ Association for the promotion of architectural and urban discourse. The new approaches were developed together with local participants from the Moravia, an informal settlement at the heart of the Colombian metropolis Medellín. As a result, the concept of “Urban Coding” shows new ways of how planning, politics, economy and administration can initiate and implement innovative and inclusive urban transformation processes in co-production with local communities. The new publication Moravia Manifesto contextualizes the new approach with essays and international case studies.

The book launch will take place in the course of the summer school ‘Prototyping Collaborative Spaces‘, the 5th edition of the international summer schools organized by the Urban Lab Medellín | Berlin.

The book was recently awarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful books fo 2019, “Deutschlands schönste Bücher 2019”, by the Stiftung Buchkunst. It was published at Jovis and is ready for purchase. It may be ordered here.

Attendance for invited guests only. Please contact Elisabeth Mansfeld, Head of Cities Program.


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