URBAN DESIGN STUDIO, WS 2021/2022
Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer, David Bauer, Rosa Catalina Pintos Hanhausen
Urban Energy Landscapes
Berlin Brandenburg 2040
Energy supply and availability is a driving force of urbanization and has been determining most economic, cultural, and social activities, mediated through complex, geographically distributed infrastructural assemblages. Urban structures and landscapes depend largely on the way we produce, distribute and consume energy, as it is everywhere and in everything from the procurement of materials, food and shelter to the facilitation of medical care, transportation, communication, education, recreation, logistics and production. At this critical juncture, it is imperative to think future urbanization in terms of energy transitions.
In this studio, we will embark on an investigation of the interrelated nature of urbanization and energy supply systems, case in point Berlin Brandenburg. We aim to trace diverse and overlapping systems of urban energy consumption - past, present, future - and the effects and conflicts they have been triggering, or they may be expected to trigger in the future.
The course work is starting with (1.) an analysis and representation of the major energy systems and policies that have emerged in the city and the countryside during the last 200 years. This is followed by (2.) an in-depth analysis of the current operational systems running, fading, and emerging which will help students to formulate site specific conflict statements. In a final design, students will be asked to (3.) develop proposals and speculative designs as interventions and interfaces in these fields of conflict.
Urban Design Studio
MA UD: PJ 1-3 EP
Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am
October 22nd, 2021
For students in the first semester Urban Design only