Urban / Nature
Berlin – Common Archipelagos
Vision of the city as a natural metropolis: coexistence of urbanity and landscape, technology and nature
With: IMKEWOELK und Partner
EQUALITY FOR ANIMALS, PEDESTRIANS AND INTERMOBILITY USERS. REPLACING THE USUAL URBAN STRUCTURE THROUGH ADAPTABLE, LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURES. LINKING HYBRID BUILDINGS THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORKS. NOT “BACK TO NATURE” BUT “FORWARD WITH NATURE”. The highly densified urban model by Imke Woelk is based on the project Cities within Cities. This project was a strategic concept for urban development in a Berlin that was divided, and suffering a shrinking population. The result of a summer school in 1977 – organised by Oswald Matthias Ungers, Rem Koolhaas, Hans Kollhoff, Peter Riemann and Arthur Ovaska, was based on the idea to fundamentally oppose the urban regeneration concepts dominating at the time. Depopulation was accepted as part of the modern, urban reality in Europe. In the manifesto Berlin: A Green Archipelago, the city of Berlin was supposed to be composed of “building islands” surrounded by a “sea” of dense vegetation. This way, nature would be able to free the city from its unused parts. The remaining fragments of the city, on the other hand, would be dominated by more intense activity, and would form a polycentric urban landscape.