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Preussenstraße - Challenges ahead...

Whether you just arrived in Munich or have been living here for years - there is a very good chance you haven't seen many parts of the city. Some streets will remain unknown even to the direct passer-by and Preussenstrasse most probably is one of them, as it serves as a good example for spots in the city that fulfill the role of infrastructure for the direct residents or workers but form blind spots on the map of public places in the city. Tucked between two ring roads, a massive industrial complex and the backside of the Olympic village it may in one way or another have seemed perfect for some of the facilities present, student accommodations, factories, workshops, derelict land and buildings and a few houses, altogether lying in deep slumber ever since the first developments were starting in the area. When thinking about the future of Munich, its ever-growing demand for housing and public facilities, the expansion of major industrial and commercial branches and the challenges that have to be met in mobility, infrastructure and overall urban development, it becomes obvious a new vision of Munich has to be developed as a part of public discourse what path the city shall take in the future. Is it possible to remain this slow-paced, pleasant city where almost all urban aspects are concentrically structured and refer to the old town center of high identificatorical value? This appears doubtful, as it being clear that the status quo comes at a price of large parts of the town getting less and less appreciated as you move to the outskirts, an effect that is as much part of the city's naturally radial logic as it is the driver of social segregation and structural problems. Or else could the development of a polycentric model for this metropolis help to meet the upcoming challenges, including specialized, complementary-working areas with mixed, integrated quarters and a highly developed public transport systems? Lots of cities big and small were forced in the past to come to terms with this question, from Berlin to London, from Zurich to Amsterdam. Probably, Munich's specific properties and its traditionally strong-willed yet somewhat conservative and halting way in decision-taking will result in a distinctive process. The aim of the studio is to contribute to this discourse.

Design studio in English language (Bachelor).


/ TU 18.10. / 14.00 / kick off / room 2239

/ TH 27.10. / visit to the site / 14:00 / please bring your bike and a camera!

/ TU 15.11. / PIN UP 1 / 2239

/ TU 06.12. / PIN UP 2 / 2239

christmas break

/ TU 10.01. / PIN UP 3 / final crit NUS

/ FR 03.02. / 10:00 - 12:00 / hand in

/ TU 07.02. / final presentation /Vorhoelzer Forum


All necessary course materials are available via moodle.