Berlin, Germany

Urban Phoenix Berlin

when 25 July 2022 - 5 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 695

In recent decades, Berlin has thrived from the tension between opposites, which have become interwoven in propelling urban development. One prominent thread is the duality between the post-cold-war regulated reconstruction and a strong squatter heritage rooted in the 1970’s that jump-started a contemporary movement of space appropriation and public participation. This and other opposing forces will serve as an inspirational backdrop for investigations into novel space typologies. We will weave this narrative into the design briefs by complementing the Visiting School programme with a number of guided visits to some of these innovative spaces.

Unifying these strands into one narrative, participants will be asked to take a human-centric design approach and rethink its manifestation in the urban fabric by developing suitable mapping techniques that go beyond the definitions of public and private space. By introducing these innovative, symbiotic space typologies, we will restage and reinvent existing structures, offering an exciting opportunity to build on legacy values while facilitating urban resilience and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming you on this journey.

The Berlin Visiting School advocates a supportive architectural education, which emphasizes developing the students’ attitudes of care and empathy for communities, the commons and the environment, while meeting the ARB/RIBA Part 2 architectural skills and knowledge standards. The goal is to empower students in their ability to negotiate architectural and urban solutions with innovative business and policy recommendations.

Course leader

Edith Wunsch

Target group

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, recent graduates and young professionals.

A fluency in English is required, as this will be the communication language.

Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino or Sketchup, CAD, PowerPoint

Course aim

Urban Analysis - Students will be guided to a range of case studies and design tools, from tried and tested techniques of political urbanism and mapping the urban realm, to advanced computational skills and behavioural analyses. In this process, each design team will develop their individual urban mapping skillsets.

Design Skills - On this footing, each team will be guided in developing speculative design proposals at urban, architectural and/or public-intervention scale. Explorations into expanding on the dichotomy of public and private space, as well as into distinctive engagements with urban heritage and its preservation will influence the design development.

Lectures - The organized talks will drive cutting-edge aspects of urban design that prompt comprehensive cities, such as pushing the boundaries of legislature, renegotiating streetscapes, and propagating non-proprietary systems while involving bottom-up creative approaches for the use of our cityscape.

Theoretical Backdrop - A selection of texts will be recommended prior to the course as a basis for discussion and the foundation of our design principles and strategies throughout the workshop. Critical thinking outside the usual designer’s framework is encouraged.

Photography Course- The course will be accompanied by a photographic workshop to explore and analyze the existing fabric. This photo journey will be headed by Mila Hacke, the renowned photographer of postmodern architecture in Berlin.

Location Berlin - Experiencing the vast potentials and creativity of this individual metropolis will add to the students’ inspiration.

Fee info

GBP 695: £625 early bird discount (10% reduction), ending on April 30
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools.