Habitat Unit

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.

Urban Energy Landscapes Poster Klein

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.

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Course Information+

Urban Design Studio
MA UD: PJ 1-3 EP

Teaching Day
Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am

First meeting
October 22nd, 2021

For students in the first semester Urban Design only


David Bauer

Rosa Catalina Pintos Hanhausen

Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer

Room A 065 
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 22224 
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907