Project Areas

Urbanisation

If we aim to understand the forces that influence our living environments today and in the future, we have to focus our attention on the places where change is taking place right now: The megacities of the global south are the cities of the future.

Cities matter! In many countries, this is a radical idea.

Sue Parnell, professor and urban geographer at the University of Cape Town

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Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Partner

The Urban Lab Medellín I Berlin is a project by Urban Oasis (Maximilian Becker, Albert Kreisel, Tobias Schrammek) in collaboration with Habitat Unit (Prof. Dr Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Moritz Ahlert), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Prof. Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya) and community leaders of Moravia, supported by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Arch+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses.

More information

Have a look at this video showing some visible results of the Spring School Medellin: Link.

 

A documentation of the Spring School Medellín can be found here (German). A report about the Sommer School in Berlin will be available shortly.

 

Further information can be found here:
www.urbanlabmedellinberlin.com

Learning from the global south: The Urban Lab Medellín / Berlin brings together inhabitants, students, local authorities, architects and urban planners in Germany and Columbia. By exchanging knowledge and culture, concrete concepts and new planning strategies emerge, that are also valuable for the north.

A typical street in the Moravia quarter, with a building structure in different stages of development.
A typical street in the Moravia quarter, with a building structure in different stages of development.

To design our cities sustainably and viably for the future, new and more flexible concepts are needed. The Urban Lab Medellin / Berlin, a “Think-Do-Tank” organized by Berlin based architecture students and professionals, wants to develop such concepts. Since August 2016, the team is preparing the upcoming workshop, the Spring School Medellin, and the following Summer School Berlin in July. For details on both events, please refer to the separate project pages.

Historic facade of housing blocks in Berlin-Kreuzberg
Historic facade of housing blocks in Berlin-Kreuzberg
The Morro (“pile of rubbish”) area, 2004, before the resettlement of the inhabitants, and 2013.
The Morro (“pile of rubbish”) area, 2004, before the resettlement of the inhabitants, and 2013.

Two main ideas are driving the Urban Lab. First and in the long run, the project wants to inspire and enrich the discourse on urban planning issues in both cities. New strategies for a co-producing, inclusive and sustainable planning process shall be suggested to the responsible protagonists. But also, planning parameters applicable for Berlin and Medellin shall be developed, helping to generate local solutions for global problems. It is the aim of the workshops and the following work at the university to continue and further develop the prototypes and the overall project work in both cities.

The Metrocable has fostered the pacification of the former crime-ridden Columbian city.
The Metrocable has fostered the pacification of the former crime-ridden Columbian city.

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Partner

The Urban Lab Medellín I Berlin is a project by Urban Oasis (Maximilian Becker, Albert Kreisel, Tobias Schrammek) in collaboration with Habitat Unit (Prof. Dr Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Moritz Ahlert), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Prof. Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya) and community leaders of Moravia, supported by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Arch+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses.

More information

Have a look at this video showing some visible results of the Spring School Medellin: Link.

 

A documentation of the Spring School Medellín can be found here (German). A report about the Sommer School in Berlin will be available shortly.

 

Further information can be found here:
www.urbanlabmedellinberlin.com

For years, the city of Medellín has been a symbolic place for violence, drug wars and a lack of governmental structures. Nevertheless, the city has found ways to create change via progressive and inclusive urban development policies.

As part of the project Urban Lab Medellín / Berlin, the Spring School Medellín will be held in the barrio popular Moravia in Medellín, Columbia, as a three-week workshop. The Moravia neighborhood has a history of informal urbanization since the 70ies. During the last years, big parts of the former slum have been transformed into a liveable urban environment. The workshop will be focusing on an upcoming resettlement of another slum area to a former industrial compound. Here, Urban Lab Medellin/ Berlin wants to take the chance to foster and shape an integrative urban planning process.

For this purpose, the Spring School Medellin applies intercultural exchange and cooperation within Moravia: Mixed teams of Columbian and German students and experts of different areas of expertise will work on a broad range of questions.

Alley in the hills of „Oasis Tropical“ in Medellín, with differently developed building structures and intensive use of the public space as an extension of the small houses.
Alley in the hills of „Oasis Tropical“ in Medellín, with differently developed building structures and intensive use of the public space as an extension of the small houses.

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Partner

The Urban Lab Medellín I Berlin is a project by Urban Oasis (Maximilian Becker, Albert Kreisel, Tobias Schrammek) in collaboration with Habitat Unit (Prof. Dr Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Moritz Ahlert), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Prof. Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya) and community leaders of Moravia, supported by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Arch+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses.

More information

Have a look at this video showing some visible results of the Spring School Medellin: Link.

 

A documentation of the Spring School Medellín can be found here (German). A report about the Sommer School in Berlin will be available shortly.

 

Further information can be found here:
www.urbanlabmedellinberlin.com

Public discussion event at Prinzessinnengärten

Public discussion event at Prinzessinnengärten

The Summer School Berlin in July 2017 was the second part of the project Urban Lab Medellín/Berlin. In Berlin, Columbian and German students of architecture, experts and professionals came together again to further develop and test the results of the Spring School in Medellín in the context of Berlin Kreuzberg.

Here, „Urban Coding” played an important role. Urban Coding is a method to develop and steer transformational processes in urban areas. In contrast to conventional processes in architecture and urban planning, Urban Coding aims to integrate informal elements in the development of buildings and public spaces and thus to strengthen the role of local organisations and stakeholders. Urban Coding supports the cooperation between local players with different objectives - like residents and neighborhood initiatives, private and public actors, developers or the local administration.

The Spring School in Moravia is also an example for Urban Coding. Here, the urban intervention “Escaleras Oasis Tropical” serves as an evidence for the working method. For a documentation of the project, please klick here: http://bit.ly/2w8GBBY

During the three week workshop at the Summer School Berlin, the previous results have been discussed, revised and further developed by the project participants and partners from Berlin and Medellín.

The Summer School included a one week academic workshop in the „Prinzessinnengärten” in Berlin, field trips and public discussion events. As tangible results, three urban interventions have been set up with local partners from the “Wassertorkiez” in Berlin Kreuzberg. A second workshop at BOX Freiraum in Berlin Friedrichshain aimed at the continuous developing and prioritizing scenarios for the ongoing transformation of the urban quarter Moravia in Medellín, like for example the project draft „Sembrando Vida (Planting Life)“. Sembrando Vida aims at transforming a park area on a former landfill into an urban gardening project.

In the upcoming year, the participating universities in Medellín and Berlin will test some of the project ideas for their feasibility. Also, the Urban Code will be further developed and will be the basis for a follow up publication.

Selected projects and scenarios provide a great potential regarding their realization in Moravia. They might even function as pilot projects for other cities in South America or in other regions.

Production of urban furniture as intervention

Production of urban furniture as intervention 

Scenario workshop

Scenario workshop 

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Partner

The Urban Lab Medellín I Berlin is a project by Urban Oasis (Maximilian Becker, Albert Kreisel, Tobias Schrammek) in collaboration with Habitat Unit (Prof. Dr Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Moritz Ahlert), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Prof. Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya) and community leaders of Moravia, supported by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Arch+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses.

More information

Have a look at this video showing some visible results of the Spring School Medellin: Link.

 

A documentation of the Spring School Medellín can be found here (German). A report about the Sommer School in Berlin will be available shortly.

 

Further information can be found here:
www.urbanlabmedellinberlin.com