Competition
Phase 2
Winner
Competition
Phase 2
Winner

Archipelago Lab: An Atlas of Urban Islands for Berlin

5th Prize

Author

Pedro Pitarch
Location: Madrid
www.pedropitarch.com
Pedro Pitarch, Gonzalo Rojas, Maria Escudero
Landscape planning: Pedro Pitarch
Other specialist planning: Rafael Zarza (Graphics)

Sub-area 1: ‘Neu Südkreuz’

Sub-area 2: TXL – ‘Urban Tech Republic’

Sub-area 3: ‘Königs Wusterhausen’ (KW)

Entrant‘s description

Archipelago Lab: An Atlas of Urban Islands for Berlin
The contemporary city is no longer defined by plans. Planning has ceased to be an effective discipline in the production of urbanism and of cities. It has ceased to provide instruments and urban models that are adapted to the needs of societies undergoing constant change. The archipelago offers a new design, a new city model for the European metropolis. The archipelago identifies fragments of a city, the urban islands, which result from the often-strained relationship between a context and the surrounding urban mass. The islands are prototypes of the city in the city. They are defined by a series of latent but emerging urban conditions in our cities that have not yet been properly incorporated into the planning process. Every part, every setting, every island behaves like a laboratory. We are establishing a laboratory situation in the city as an archipelago. This project proposes a reinterpretation of urban planning that is based on the quantitative management of the urban area and on defining connections and relational networks between urban characteristics.

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