No-Image – Para-Urban Summerschool 2017

Geschrieben am 11.05.2017
Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, ARCH+ campus, Summerschool, TU Berlin

Rethinking Berlin's Periphery
in a 3-phase summer workshop series:
22-27 June // 27 July – 1 August // 28 September – 3 October
Deadline for applications: Friday, 19 May, 2017

No-Image - Para-Urban Summerschool 2017: Rethinking Berlin's Periphery

No Image is a 3-phase summer workshop series based in the expansive fringes of Berlin. It invites students, young practitioners, and researchers to explore the post-rural, semi-industrial, suburban landscapes wrapping around the booming center of Germany’s capital.

Tutors from various European architectural offices, dedicated researchers, and local flaneurs will assist the groups of participants to explore the repertoires and rules of this discursive blindspot. Industrial-residential hybrids, complex infrastructural networks, vast greenspaces and rivers runing along towering settlements: the unbound patchwork of chaotic idylls - it all is to be found here. From the spectacular to the mundane, the mission is to trace hidden, oft-neglected potentials and qualities in the vernacular of a para-urban environment.

The focus of the project is the discussion and examination on the peripheral areas of Berlin in a process of growth and revision. Within this context, the question arises as to the means by which criterias the new spaces should be planned. The particular concern is with what spatial qualities are to be generated, and which qualities are already present that might be made visible in order to inform this projected growth and revision? How to connect the peripheral ares of Berlin unto themselves as well as to the central areas? What is contextual within the peripheral ares where the urban fabric ist characterized by a physical landscape of individual desires as well as the infrastructural and mass housing leftovers of the postwar wellfare state area?

Participants will be called upon to use their skills from the field of architecture to document, illustrate, narrativize, and interconnect their findings in order to constitute a speculative reality.

Candidates should apply by sending a max. 5 MB PDF file (two pages, A4 portrait) comprising a CV and a presentation of their work in whatever form they prefer, making sure to include the following mandatory information: name, surname, date of birth, educational background, email address.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 19 May, 2017.
Application fee 160 Euro (regular) / 120 Euro (students), including food supply.

Send application material according to the workshop:
WorkshopA to a[at]no-image.de | Workshop B to b[at]no-image.de | Workshop C to c[at]no-image.de


No-Image A - Network Constellations
(22-27 June 2017, Periphery of Berlin)

Number of Participants: 32
Timeframe: Network Constellations runs from 22 to 27 of June (beginning Thursday afternoon concluding Tuesday evening). 
Workshop Leaders: LIST (Paris, France), N.N.
Language: The workshop will be conducted in English.
Application: Send material for "Network Constellations" to: a[at]no-image.de

Network Constellations applies to the territorial level of the city. Here we are particularly interested in that which connects and that which intersects. Interconnecting networks and infrastructures link both the inner and outer areas, but also open the peripheries up unto themselves (highways, constructed green spaces, natural elements). Intersecting systems form a complex organisational web within the urban fringe (survey networks and residential areas, industrial zones and logistics infrastructures). With this in mind, this workshop will first and foremost investigate the structural and spatial implications of such systems and networks in order to pose the question of how new constellations and configurations can be placed and made visible.

Network Constellations will run six days. The workshop will begin on Thursday afternoon with a general introduction to the agenda of No-Image, addressing the broader ramifications of the fundamental conditions of Berlin’s urban fringes. The following five days will see particular groups of themes processed through research, analysis, and further elaboration.

The participants will be divided into groups led by teams of tutors. A key principle to approaching and assessing the themes addressed will be the mixture of researchers, young practitioners, and students within the groups. This is vital for a reciprocal and comprehensive exchange of knowledge.


Workshop B - Typolocigal Elements
(27 July – 1 August 2017, Periphery of Berlin)

Number of Participants: 32
Timeframe: Typological Elements runs from 27 June to 1 August (beginning Thursday afternoon, concluding Tuesday evening). 
Workshop Leaders: BRUTHER (Paris, France), AMUNT (Stuttgart, Germany)
Language: The workshop will be conducted in English.
Application: Send material for „Typological Elements“ to: b[at]no-image.de

Typological Elements focuses on the level of typologies, types, and architectonic elements that define the landscape of para-urban Berlin. Of particular interest is how profane elements can become symbolically charged through bricolage, how classical types mutate through their own cultivation and renovation, and how romantic and playful variance arises from brute, pragmatic forms of logic. We are fascinated with the ideas of assemblage and recombination of autonomous elements, and the subsequent inquiry: ‘What are they linked to?” The desire for this workshop is to collect, to extract, and to think about existing configurations with their systematically spatial and social impacts.

Typological Elements will run six days. The workshop will begin on Thursday afternoon with a general introduction to the agenda of No Image, and with a summary of the work of the previous Network Constellations workshop. Additionally, we will position the development and proliferation of various typologies throughout Berlin’s periphery. The following five days will see particular groups of themes processed through research, analysis, and further elaboration.

The participants will be divided into groups led by teams of tutors. A key principle to approaching and assessing the themes addressed will be the mixture of researchers, young practitioners, and students within the groups. This is vital for a reciprocal and comprehensive exchange of knowledge.


Workshop C - Generic Objects
(28 September – 3 October 2017, Periphery of Berlin)

Number of Participants: 32
Timeframe: Generic Objects runs from 28 September to 3 October (beginning Thursday afternoon, concluding Tuesday evening).
Workshop leaders: PEAKS (Paris, France), FAKT (Berlin, Germany), ATELIER FANELSA (Berlin, Germany)
Language: The workshop will be conducted in English.
Application: Send material for „Generic Objects to: c[at]no-image.de

Generic Objects concerns the non-architectural elements that fill the in-between and everyday of Berlin’s fringes. These objects epitomize and influence the utopian visions and desires of these areas. Whether examining the subconscious of the lower-middle-class developments of single-family-homes, or looking to the proliferations of industrial and mixed use areas, generic objects stress questions of context. What does the single household’s desire of having a swimmingpool mean for a community when every neighbour has that wish? What is contextual when a mass of individual wishes creates a physical landscape of desire? Generic Objects seeks a broader understanding of spatial elements and aims to emphasize the non-architectural.

Generic Objects will run six days. The workshop will begin on Thursday afternoon with a general introduction to the agenda of No Image, and with a summary of the work of the previous Network Constellations and Typological Elements workshops. We will also offer a prelimary survey of the multitude of genericities found throughout Berlin’s periphery. The following five days will see particular groups of themes processed through research, analysis, and further elaboration.

The participants will be divided into groups led by teams of tutors. A key principle to approaching and assessing the themes addressed will be the mixture of researchers, young practitioners, and students within the groups. This is vital for a reciprocal and comprehensive exchange of knowledge.


Outcome:

Each workshop proceeds according to the principle of isolation and extraction of elements and their renewed, systematic re-combination. It refers to the methodological approach of Roland Barthes’ “Empire of Signs” (1970) as well as Giovanni Piranesi’s “Ichnographia Campi Martii” (1762). Both employ the isolation and extraction of culturally specific elements and a partly playful, partly systematic re-combination of these elements in relation to one another as a key to understanding and interpreting a culture. ”No-Image” takes these methods and tries to develop them further.

Each workshop extracts space-constituting elements on different scales and places them together in a common matrix such that different connections and logics of the periphery of Berlin are made perceptible. This is the basis connecting all the workshops. Each workshop builds upon the “sediments” of previous work and, through the refinement of scale, transfers the observation to another level. The resultant overlapping of different planning levels should consequently create a data set, which permits a statement on the one hand about relevant, structural and spatial phenomena in the city fringes, while on the other hand about how their meaning as a cultural system of spatial practices can arise.

The attained information forms the basis of a further contestation and debate around planning tools and strategies for the city fringes. The workshops are therefore to be understood as foundational research and the initial attempt to make sense of the findings.


Organizer:

TU Berlin " Projektwerkstatt No-Image" in Cooperation with Chair for Urban Design & Urbanization (CUD)

TU Berlin, Faculty VI- Planning, Building Enviroment,
Institute for Architecture
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Raum A 805, Sekr. A30,
10623 Berlin

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