Fall 2017

B E R L I N   S T U D I O  III :   M E T R O P O L I T A N    A R T E R I E S
 
 
T H E    T A S K
 
Since Fall 2016, the O'Neil Ford Chair started a series of interrelated studios on the future of Berlin as an expanding metropolis for which growth strategies are needed, and concomitantly as a context for contemporary architectural design. The first studio in Fall 2016 looked at the densification potentials of seven neighborhoods. The second studio in Spring 2017 focused on the growth of a major avenue: The Karl Marx Allee. The third studio will look at the intensification and growth of Berlin's major traffic arteries. What effect will growth along these arteries have on the metropolis and its surroundings? The studio will begin with a review of precedents (from the Roman cardo and decumanus, to the Parisian Boulevards of Hausmann and New York's Broadway), propose alternatives to the current designs and ultimately challenge students to propose approaches at all levels of environmental design (from regional planning to architecture) of their own. 
 
Like any other conurbation, Berlin started as a small village next to a river and has now reached a size, that to most observers appears large enough; further expansion is not on the agenda on most people's minds. Berlin's growth has followed different paradigms, each representative of their periods; from urban grid, to radial pattern and to suburbia. Politicians are hesitant to consider the incorporation of surrounding suburban settlements within the metropolitan political behemoth; suburban citizens resist the idea of losing their identity in such a process. Yet, growth continues unabated. Berlin is projected to grow at a rate of 50 000 inhabitants per year, in other words, in a decade it will have reached the 4 million mark; by the mid-century it would have a population of 5,2 million.
 
This studio will propose growth strategies at a metropolitan level and test these at the level of a neighborhood of the students' choice.
 
We will ask: What models were used in the past and which of these can still be considered relevant? What models are available? How should settlement growth take place today? What are the larger underlying ecological, climatic, topographic, hydrological and geological contexts? Which existing phenomena need to be respected, preserved and protected? Which elements can be touched, altered and even removed in order for the growth strategy to work? Or is the idea of growth outdated?
 
 
J O I N T    S T U D I O
 
Ideally, the joint, interdisciplinary studio at UT will be composed of a maximum of seven teams of two students per team, consisting of one student each from CRP/Urban Design and architecture. The studio will be instructed by Professor Wilfried Wang.
 
Students from the Architecture program will register for ARC696 or ARC560R for 6 credit hours. Students from the Community & Regional Planning (CRP) program will register for CRP685D-3 for 6 credit hours.
 
 
S I T E    V I S I T
 
It is proposed that the visit to Berlin will take place at the end of September 2017.
 
 
S T U D I O     L O T T E R Y
The studio lottery will take place at the beginning of the Fall 2017 Semester.