Dissolving and Establishing Tendencies in Urban Spaces

Inner Edges
TU Berlin
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Angela Million
Jürgen Höfler
Tim Nebert
Fachgebiet Städtebau und Siedlungswesen

The subject of the master project are borders of neigh­bour­hoods as highly dynamic places of nego­tia­tion processes in the urban envi­ron­ment. The dialectic and simul­tan­eity of tenden­cies of deli­mi­ta­tion and new deli­mi­ta­tion can be observed today espe­cially in urban space. On diffe­rent scales, spaces are rest­ruc­tured, attri­bu­tions are changed and fields of acti­vity are adapted. In this context, borders are not unders­tood as natural, but are subject to a progres­sive trans­for­ma­tion, are socially „produced“, „inscribed“ into ever­yday space and poli­ti­cally „imple­mented“.

The aim of the master project is to find a new way of dealing with neigh­bour­hoods and their borders in urban space, to rein­ter­pret them as a membrane in the city, to show new ways of adding value and to develop narra­tive-commu­ni­ca­tive as well as design solu­tion scen­a­rios on diffe­rent scales. Neigh­bour­hoods as social units and the quarter as a spatial „setting“ of these form the object of inves­ti­ga­tion and star­ting point of the joint discus­sion. Berlin is decisi­vely shaped by small-scale poly­centric deve­lo­p­ment dyna­mics, and the aim is to clarify what holds neigh­bour­hoods toge­ther inside and sepa­rates them from the outside.