In the studio series “The Post-War City as Idea and Project”, we will launch an urbanistic investigation into Munich’s extremely rich post-war building substance. We are fascinated not only by the urbanistic and aesthetic properties of the city’s Grey Architecture, which we think is a profound answer to how a modern everyday city could be built. Despite all shortcomings, we also view the post-war period as a possible blueprint for a resource-efficient way to build and live in a city.
Also, we think that the necessity to build a democratic city and society is as important today as it was after the second world war. To explore the possibilities of this substance, in each of the studios we will confront a specific property of the post-war city with an important current development – with the goal to gain new “Strategies for the Democratic City”.
The Post-War City as Idea and Project
I. Moosach, Giesing, Blumenau/Hadern
Researching the peripheries between Munich's “Mittlerer Ring” and “Äußerer Ring”, the studio will dwell on transformations of post-war neighbourhoods and their everyday perception: Moosach, Untergiesing and Blumenau/Hadern.
We will not start with a fixed program. Instead, discussing inequality and the notion of periphery and centre, we will be interested in (democratic) negotiation and transformation. How could a concept of the “democratic city” be implemented in the selected quarters? We will work in groups of 2-3 students and from the metropolitan down to the building scale. We plan our main interventions in M 1:500. We will work with physical models, plans, photocollages and digital representation methods.
Monumental / Digital
In each studio, we will be especially interested in an unlikely pair to focus our observation and intervention. We use this pair as a starting hypothesis, which can prove fruitful, but can also fundamentally change in the course of the studio. This semester, we will work on sites with a (sometimes hidden) “monumental” character that we find interesting – a 300 m long housing block, large tetris-like complexes, the high-rises that mark the beginning of Munich to the west and huge housing slabs in the north. We will confront this physical property with the idea of the digital as an ephemeral and seemingly super-rational and contemporary strategy. Although our investigation does not stop with these two themes, they will form the backbone of our exploration.