Structures / Processes

Chance, Stone and Hyperloops

How can we think, build and shape our cities differently?




Gelände Urbane Mitte, neben dem BRLO Biergarten, Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin




01 July - 01 July


Discussion, please register


COPRO + O&O Baukunst + Urbane Mitte Entwicklungs GmbH

with: COPRO + O&O Baukunst + Urbane Mitte Entwicklungs GmbH

How can we think, build and shape our cities differently? Not at some point in the future, but right here, right now? To answer these questions, we are examining the various factors that drive the complex growth and change processes at work in modern metropolises, simultaneously defining their urbanity, quality of life and capacity to adapt. Chance, for example, which influences all planning and implementation processes – unexpectedly, independently, and creatively. Or hardware, which forms the body of the city as a place crafted from and using stone. As well as the people and goods that move or are moved, frequenting and shaping the nerve fibres of the city.
As part of the MakeCity Festival, we have invited special panel guests to share their perspectives on each of these three dimensions. We want to offer inspirational actors a platform to join us in exploring the possibilities out there – another kind of city – and finding a way to subjectively put these on the map. These discussions will take place alongside Berlin’s Gleisdreieck Park, within an urban hub that exemplifies the transformation and dynamism afoot in this city. Previously a trading centre, now the calm of the popular, award-winning park is only disturbed by the rumbling of local trains on overhead railways. And soon the park will be complemented by a new slice of city life on 3.2 hectares.
This panel discussion was conceived by Ortner & Ortner Baukunst and COPRO, who composed the master plan for Urbane Mitte at Gleisdreieck urban development project for Ortner & Ortner – and B-PART, the „Urban Ideation Lab“ , which is located on the Urbane Mitte site at Gleisdreieck. The event will be moderated by Christian Ankowitsch, non-fiction author and journalist.

Meike Niedbal – Head of Biz Dev DB Station & Service, Project Lead Smart Cities
Jackie Thomae – best selling author, journalist, trend and transformation expert
Dimitri Hegemann – founder Tresor, Berlin Atonal, Berlin-Detroit Connection, Happy Locals, nighttime economist
Darius Moeni – co-founder Numa Berlin, project lead accelerator & smart city innovation program, urban change expert
Markus Penell – partner/gf Ortner & Ortner Baukunst, curator O&O Depot, architect of Urbane Mitte am Gleisdreieck
+ special guest