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Over five semesters (2016-18), under the working title “Urban Arcadia Berlin” students at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (DIA Dessau) mapped, researched, and designed on the outskirts of Berlin in various studios and elective courses. The result was a multitude of valuable and never-before-seen documents that show the development of Berlin and which special features and opportunities should be addressed today with the development of the city‘s growing fringe areas in particular. Contents, mappings, findings, drafts and strategies are now to be thematically bundled and published. In order to do justice to the different contents, the publication concept envisages a trilogy of “sibling books”, connected in content but quite different in format and mode of use. “Berlin Maps” makes the start. In the past century, Berlin experienced rapid growth, destruction, reconstruction and stagnation as a Siamese twin without a clear core. As the metaphorical center of a global political rivalry, this city is like no other. The 18 chapters of this atlas illustrate the extraordinary features of the German capital.
FAKT / Ruby Press / Jonas Tratz + Sebastian Ernst
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The design studio will research future possibilities of a new “Raumbild” for the artificial lakes north of Erfurt.
The BERLIN PRAXIS issue of ARCH+ 242 contains three articles on different aspects of our work. The academic work with students at DIA Dessau is presented in the article URBAN ARCADIA – WERKZEUGE FÜR DIE PERIPHERIE Our practical work is explained by the example of the project #054 HAUS FÜR 1–4 PARTEIEN as well as excerpts from the book BERLIN MAPS are published, alongside with a text on relevant questions on a possible future of Berlin developping into a green metropolis of the 21st century.
Design-studio WS 2018 at DIA Dessau
Analytical plan drawings of undeveloped remaining plots in an urban context. An investigation of “freak shapes” in a para-urban context and scenario-like designs for a meaningful densification or programmatic diversification of these neighborhoods. Architectural attitudes will be derived from a larger-scale interest, taking into account various social and economic parameters. The sometimes bizarre initial situations almost automatically implement a methodical design in the studio.
Design-studio SS 2018, DIA Dessau
“PRODUCTS WOULD BUILD”- the problems and potentials of today’s norms and standards in global mass production are being questioned. In one installation, 8 specific 1:1 architectures are created, extracted from 8 masterpieces of the Bauhaus and built with 8 different, mass products of today’s standards. Strange beauties and structurally powerful installations are created, which pursue the question – what kind of architecture do our products want to become?
No Image workshop
An investigation of the para-urban landscapes of Berlin, each student identified his or her individual field of interest of typological objects on a small scale, objects such as hedges, signage etc., and investigated to what extent these constitute a certain kind of city.
Installation Tempio di Minerva, Exhibition at MAXXI Rome, 2017
Tempio di Minerva’s history is full of mysteries and full of transformations. “Abdruck”, describes the operation of a negative form resulting from a positive and vice versa. The interior of the Tempio acts like a vase: By recording the noises of the surrounding city, the cars, horns, trains, bus brakes and pedestrians, the Tempio becomes a Sensor, transmitting and remodeling noise to a pulsating sound field in its inside. Moving on the subtly elevated stage, Romans will experience an altered version of their “tonal reality”
“Microtopia” – the third studio FAKT semester in Dessau was an in-depth research of ten individual and very diverse plots on the edge of Berlin to explore their economical, legislative and atmospheric limitations and potentials
“Small houses of Berlin” redrawn – in the elective of the summer semester 2017 students were redrawing relevant houses of Berlin’s young history by testing and employing different technical representations
“Law of the jungle”
ten projects from the winter semester 2016
The second studio FAKT semester at DIA Dessau “Law of the jungle” examined ten cases of homogenous yet specific single-family neighborhoods around Berlin and the potential to transform them by inventing or transforming one rule of the Berlin / Brandenburg building code.
Final presentation studio FAKT, “law of the jungle” / student work for the second semester at DIA Dessau
Elective of 2nd semester at DIA Dessau – students analyzed and transferred rules taken from their national background to drawings of new possible rules for a speculative new kind of suburbia
Student work from the first semester of studio FAKT at DIA Dessau. “Urban Arcadia” looked at twelve places of extraordinary landscape around Berlin and developed settlement strategies of density and diversity in coexistence with the existing natural conditions
Elective of 1st semester at DIA Dessau – various settlements of the early 20th century were researched in their current state and redrawn concerning the interaction of built environment and vegetation
Published in Arch+
Find the article in the magazine of ARCH+ 225, released at the Venice Biennale. “Redensifying Berlin’s Backyards” on pages 158 to 163 covers text and graphics on the legal potentials of the inner block structure of Berlin, written and developed together with Prof. Georg Augustin for the chair “Architektonisches Entwerfen” at Uni Kassel
Guest review at TU Graz with Prof. Hans Gangoly.
FAKT regularly gets invited as guest critic. Visiting reviews so far include RWTH Aachen, ETH Zürich, TU Graz, Uni Kassel, DIA Dessau, Aedes Berlin, Beuth Hochschule Berlin and others.