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Baumeister Topos Cities Initiative

Berlin

The urban future is a much-discussed issue. The conference „City as Project“ offers a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary forum of discussion, as a part on the platform „Metropolitan Solutions“.

City as Project Conference, 22 May, City Cube Berlin

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City as Project Conference, 22 May, 9.15 – 18.30, City Cube Berlin

The urban future is a much-discussed issue. Questions of designing and planning for urban challenges are always part of the diverse topics featured in Topos. The same applies for our sister magazine Baumeister, the German architectural magazine. In this context, the Baumeister & Topos Cities Initiative, an international, cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary initiative will bring together the competencies the two journals represent: landscape architecture and architecture, urban design, and planning and development in a broad social context. The first event of this initiative is the one-day conference Instead of offering a very generic “good ideas for cities” programme, we wish to highlight four issues that we perceive as being indicative of any future urban development.

– Resilient City: How can we strengthen the resilience of cities?

– Mobile City: How can we come to terms with the issue of how to maintain individual mobility?

–  Creative City: How does the city become a creative cluster with a sound economic basis?

– Open City: How we can get closer to the ideal of the “open city”?

The conference is part of the “Metropolitan Solutions” conference trade show, a platform for exchange on the urban future, which will be held from 20 to 22 May in Berlin. Free admission for visitors of the Metropolitan Solutions.

Programme:

9.15 Greeting: Prof. Dr. Alexander Gutzmer, Chefredakteur Baumeister

9.30-11.00
Resilient City

9.30-10.15
Martin Knuijt, OKRA Landscape Architects, Utrecht
10.15-11.00
Gena Wirth, SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, New York

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-13.00
Mobile City

11.20-11.30
Pecha Kucha Obermeyer
11.30-13.00
Panel discussion “Future of Mobility”
Kees Christiaanse, ETH Zürich, FCL Singapur, KCAP
Nicola Brüning, BMW Group
Stephan Jentsch, OBERMEYER China (OEC) in Beijing
Malgorzata Wiklinska, ZF, Think Tank

Alexander Gutzmer, Chefredakteur Baumeister
Peter Zöch, Redakteur Topos

13.00-14.30 Break

14.30-16.45
Creative City

14.30-15.00
Karsten Schmitz, initiator creative quarter Leipzig
15.00-15.30
Urs Kumberger, Teleinternet Cafe, Berlin
15.30-16.00
Freek Persyn, 51N4E Architects, Brüssel
16.00-16.45
Clark Parsons, Berlin School of Creative Leadership

16.45-17.15 Break

17.15-18.30
Open City
Kees Christiaanse, ETH Zürich, FCL Singapur, KCAP

Sponsored by ZF, OBERMEYER Planen + Beraten GmbH

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