Habitat Unit

Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, David Bauer, Dr. Cordelia Polinna

This One BB2040 - Transformation Laboratory

To make future living in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg resilient, inclusive, equitable and ecologically sustainable will require a number of vital systemic changes and “infrastructural turns”. Their materialization will — in all probability — visibly reshape territories, towns and streets and massively influence our current practices of land use and ways to perceive it. Many different realities, standpoints and attitudes will collide, strong compromises will have to be made and entirely new coalitions will be formed along the way. What are the infrastructures that we will need to facilitate and govern these processes?

BB2040 Translabs

This course invites students to design a community-based, long-term, future-oriented, scenario-planning process to be held with stakeholders from Berlin-Brandenburg. The studio will begin with a close look at our neighboring countries in the Euro-Delta and the institutions they developed in order to project and plan long-term spatial changes on all scales of the participatory ladder. We then move on to understand theory and practice of scenario tools and their potential for urban design. Together with our partner municipality, students will survey an exemplary situation to build an understanding of ‘Infrastructure’ as an existing instrumental landscape of essential resources and spatial-material structures, actors, processes and services (systemic knowledge) which will inform the preparation for scenario-building forecasting and backcasting workshops with local stakeholders. In a last step, we will evaluate methods and impacts in order to define an applicable/scalable “BB Transformation Laboratory Design”. The studio progress will be partially exhibited at the “Wissensstadt-Ausstellung” in front of the Rote Rathaus in Summer 2021 and inform the concluding BB2040 Assembly* Conference.

Course Information+

Design Studio
12 ECTS + 3 ECTS (PIV)
MA UD: PJ 1-3 EP

Teaching Day
to be announced

First meeting
15 April, 2021 10am

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