Design Studio

Rural Transformations: Shifting Ingrained Spatialities, Practices, Alliances

Summer Semester 2018

Habitat Unit / International Urbanism and Design in cooperation with MODSCAPES

Aine Ryan – Habitat Unit, Vittoria Capresi – Habitat Unit / MODSCAPES

A Workshop in Golzow is the Kick-Off for the Design Studio at the TUB. From the 7th until the 11th of Mai, Students from Architecture together with the team, local stakeholder and the inhabitants, will work together mapping the landscapes.

“Post-socialist rural settlements are often facing multiple challenges which in part are the consequence of various ruptures such as the 1950s collectivisation or post 1990s neo-liberalisation and globalisation of agriculture. Villages face dramatic depopulation and unemployment resulting from structural transitions towards a highly mechanised agricultural economy, and carry the burdens of inadequate and expensive infrastructure or environmental protection policies. Plans and strategies for the future cannot seem to break from the past: meeting near-future demands of neighbouring city populations, and even global agricultural businesses, seems to be the go- to strategy, even when this only brings a very fragile win, if at all.

This studio will study 5 villages in the South-Oderbuch area of Brandenburg – which is the case study area of the MODSCAPES research – to understand their logics in terms of landownership,
socio-cultural practices, and political/community alliances. Mapping-based fieldwork will employ qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry and representations to reveal these logics at the landscape scale, and in the settlement morphologies, spatial typologies, and architectural articulations. Building on this very grounded analysis, the studio will explore an alternative future-planning strategy, proposing interventions that respond in spatial programme and form to local needs realisable within current local logics.”