Infrastructures are usually described as the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities e.g., buildings, roads, power supplies, … needed for the operation of a society, a city, a building or an enterprise. With ever pressing challenges such as climate change, migration processes, aging societies, changing mobility behaviours, etc. the role of infrastructure systems within urbanized areas gain new attention – not only the build ones (red) but also blue (water) and green infrastructures (landscapes, public space). Which strategies are there to enhance functional mix and/ or biodiversity? Which role does social housing play as an infrastructure for a diverse urban society? What spaces open up for an urban society through the conversion of existing infrastructures? Which unused spaces lay within or next to existing infrastructures? What can we learn from the COVID-19 crisis for the planning of new infrastructures to make our cities resilient to future crisis?
This studio deals with the topic of blue, green and red infrastructures, ranging from the possibilities and challenges neglected infrastructures are posing for our urbanized areas today to the possibilities of newly build or reactivated infrastructures for our cities tomorrow.
The first semester is roughly split in two parts, during the first part the students will work theoretically and analytically on the subject of the infrastructural urbanism. Together we will begin with extensive research on historical and typological models, analyse exiting reference projects and research new phenomenon’s, all of which will create our “Common Atlas of Infrastructural Urbanism”. Each student will then choose her/ his own topic of interest and develop a written thesis.
During the second semester the students will then translate their findings and concepts into projects – small or large scale, architectural or urban. Answering either with a strategy on an existing neglected infrastructure by activating its qualities for our future cities or developing an architecture or urban project that explores specific qualities of infrastructural spaces, new technologies, new uses, integrated approaches and more…
The studio will be accompanied during the first semester by guest-lectures and field trips to Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg.
Weekly discussions as well as regular pin-ups and two presentations with guest critics will accompany the process. Collaboration and exchange of knowledge, both between individuals and groups, are essential for a successful learning process. I conceive the design studio as research project and would like to encourage every member of the design studio to feel part of this mission.
Each student will work on a chosen topic, which should be linked to the field of blue, green, red infrastructures.
The design studio addresses highly motivated students, skilled in drawing, modelling and other media. You should be curious and open towards a design process, which seeks to explore innovative solutions.
Visit the open studio for a Q&A session, Wednesday October, 6th, 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m., Studio 0.23, Building 08, Bauhausstraße 5