2012_SS MA

CYBERNETICS IN URBANISM Cybernetics is a field of knowledge that deals with and explains the principles of complexity and how these principles can be used in order to control and design dynamic systems. Cybernetics has been around since the Second World War, but has only once been used as a support methodology for the planning purposes. The Project Cybersin in Chile was organised by the Allende government to create a new foundation of interactive planning on a national scale. In the contemporary urban environment, where change is the only constant, cybernetics offers a framework for description and steering of dynamic urban systems and creation of Smart Cities. This Seminar series will look into ways how Cybernetic principles can be applied to contemporary Smart Cities in order to manage urban systems, with the aim to reduce carbon emissions.


Berlin Smart City: The Urban Gallery as an Incubator - Start Up - Planning - Tool The current strategy plan of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment of Berlin has defined various spaces relevant for Berlin’s future development (Zukunfts-/Entwicklungsräume) and has elaborated different visions (Leitbilder) for these urban spaces following aspects of “climate sensitive”, “compact”, “modern”, “sustainable” and “lively”. //CHORA city & energy is aiming at systematically establishing various Urban Incubators (precisely defined spaces or systems in the city where pilot projects can take place) in relation to these “Zukunftsräume” by exploring political, economical, social and cultural conditions in order to handle their complex dynamics and develop urban projects through the use of the methodology of the Urban Gallery. //You will be working on existing or new Urban Incubators like Tempelhof, Tegel, Moabit, BER and continue Berlin Smart City research in terms of prototype development, methodology and implementation strategies creating, generating and supporting Start Up’s for the Berlin Smart City.


Softmachines - Urban re-programming in micro scale The seminar will focus on the construction of animatronic operational agents, which will visualize the dynamic link between user and object. Ideally it should visualize the connection to the [UG] Urban Gallery, a non-linear planning tool based on feedback loops ( Can we use interactive design as a representational tool to create a consciousness to the topic of complex urban dynamics? Is it possible to create a new way to visualize those complex systems? We will dedicate ourselves in this 6 month period to toy robots, like those from “Robosapien”. This is the fastest and cheapest way to get hold of an interactive system with sensors etc. These toys have to be taken apart and set into a new context, as well as enhanced with artificial elements. This elements can be designed parts from the laser cutter, wood or chicken bones. While we are “tinkering” with those toys, we will set them into a new theoretical framework. Therewith it is not longer to be seen as a toy, it becomes an [PT] prototype, which links to the [UG]. Picture by Ferdinand Fritz


TOWARD INCLUSIVE PLANNING AND DIVERSIVE SPACES IN CHINA This semester we will work with three different topics concerning the modernisation of China. We will work directly with real stakeholders and clients. Each students will be assigned to a unit and working closely with professional planner, engineer, and architect during the semester. With our specialist researcher Yang Yaoning. Once a week, the Seminar will jointly have a group presentation on Thursday, and Tutor on Tuesday. Unit 1 City of Zhenjiang- Industrial Reorganisation and Low Carbon Economy. Project Manager : Ying-Chih Deng Lead Designer: Lukas Kronawitter (TBC) Project Period Phase I: 01.11.2013 -20.12.2013 This assignment aims to provide Zhenjiang with professional advice in improving its low carbon development plan, according to their current situation including industry structure , green technologies and potential measures for future low carbon development etc. The guidance provided shall go beyond addressing the current situation but give Zhenjiang an overview about its low carbon development path in the future, i.e., next 5 to 10 years. The outcome of this assignment is expected to lay a solid foundation for Zhenjiang city’s low carbon development planning and provide practical measures to implement its low carbon development. Unit 2 City of Xiamen Reconnecting Satellite Development and Resilient Growth Project Manager : Ying-Chih Deng Lead Designer: Alyssa Weskamp Project Period Phase I: 01.11.2013 -20.12.2013 This assignment aims to assess and challenge the development plans for the Xiamen New Station north development zone. How can the new district be more than a „dead end“ of the urban fabric? We will investigate possible relationships to city, suburbs and hinterland and expect to develop a phased suggestion for the evolution of a vibrant, energy-efficient district. Our research will try to go beyond the city's Low-Carbon Development Guidelines to address technical, socio-economic and cultural sustainability factors. We will be working with the Xiamen University Energy and Architecture Departments. Unit 3 City of Zalantun Rural Urbanisation and Pilot Prototypes Project Manager : Ying-Chih Deng Lead Designer: Henry Jones Project Period Phase I: 01.11.2013 -20.12.2013 This assignment aims to identify and design three demonstration zones for Zalantun. These zones will challenge both the current path of expansion on the peripheral and the decaying in the city centre. We will investigate how our design can be the device to transform Zalantun into a new form of rural -urbanisation. How to strategically located these “seeds of change”? How to program and to reconnect their surrounding context and underlying urban systems, and how to delineate layers of relationships between the proposing zones ? The outcome of this assignment is expected to be 3 sets of thematic urban report. Each report will address a transformational task of the area and the construction timeline.

2013_WS Conscious-City-Lab

The module will address the challenges of the creation of a Conscious-City-Lab, an interactive urban lab for modelling and testing of Smart City planning and design. Students will join the workshop on Incubator Start-Ups in order to test and further develop the Planning tool Urban Gallery, and then apply this tool to an overall scan and analysis of the infrastructural network in Berlin in order to analyse their Smart City potential.


Städtebauliche Vertiefung 6 SWS - 9 LP 1. Veranstaltung am 16.04.2014 mittwochs, 15.00-17.30Uhr Der Klausnerplatzkiez ist das erste Quartier in Berlin dass ein Klimaschutzkonzept auf den Weg gebracht hat. Nun gilt die Zielsetzungen umzusetzen und geeignete Strategien zu finden, um einen “Smart Sustainable District” im Bestand zu entwickeln. Das Entwurfsseminar möchte hier ansetzen und in Kooperation mit einem Arbeitskreis der Berliner Versorger (Metropolitan Utilities Dialogue) gezielte Lösungen erarbeiten, die auf der Integration verschiedener Versorgungsinfrastrukturen beruhen, aber vor allem soziale Innovationen und Start-up Ideen einbeziehen. Durch ein Quartiersmapping mit Hilfe von Open Data bzw. Open Innovation Datenbanken werden neue Darstellungsmethoden erprobt und Aushandlungs-Instrumente in der Stadtentwicklung getestet.

2014_SS Conscious-City-Lab

Städtebauliche Vertiefung 6 SWS - 9 LP 1. Veranstaltung 17.04.2014 donnerstags, 16.00-18.00 Uhr The module will address of the development of a Conscious-City-Lab, in interactive urban media lab for modelling and testing of Smart City design and planning. An interdisciplinary team of scientific and urban researchers and students outside the field of architecture will create a physical performance space Conscious-City-Lab for the City of Berlin which will also represent the Institute for Architecture at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in May 2014. It will be linked to an online platform Urban Gallery using human computer interaction and big data as a tool to deal with major challenges like for example climate change. This seminar will contribute to the TUB Smart City Platform. We are Urban Planners at the Institute for Architecture at TU Berlin. Currently we are building up a new Computational Lab for Architecture addressing the challenges Smart City Application.


Railway bridges and viaducts belong to our cities’ architectural legacy. A hugely transformative force at its inception, railroads enabled people, goods, and information to travel at unprecedented speed while drawing previously distant places like Berlin and Prague closely together. While the structural art of early railroad architecture is undisputed, its visual image as a vehicle of collective memories is often overlooked. This seminar aims to unearthen the symbolic value of historic railway viaducts in Berlin and Prague. It is also dedicated to the design of urban prototypes linked to this shared heritage. Travel to Prague will be supported by a grant from the German Czech Future Fund.