Spring School Medellín

As part of the project Urban Lab Medellín / Berlin, the Spring School Medellín was held in the barrio popular Moravia in Medellín, Columbia, as a three-week workshop in March 2017.

The Moravia neighborhood has a history of informal urbanization since the 70ies. During the last years, big parts of the former slum have been transformed into a livable urban environment. The workshop focused on an upcoming resettlement of another slum area to a former industrial compound. Here, Urban Lab Medellin/ Berlin took the chance to foster and shape an integrative urban planning process.

For this purpose, the Spring School Medellin applied intercultural exchange and cooperation within Moravia: Mixed teams of Columbian and German students and experts of different areas of expertise worked on a broad range of questions. Especially two symposia and the concluding project exhibition introduced the results in the public discourse about the upcoming municipal development.

Alley in the hills of „Oasis Tropical“ in Medellín, with differently developed building structures and intensive use of the public space as an extension of the small houses.

 A typical street in the Moravia quarter, with a building structure in different stages of development.

The Morro (“pile of rubbish”) area, 2004, before the resettlement of the inhabitants, and 2013.

Alley in the hills of „Oasis Tropical“ in Medellín, with differently developed building structures and intensive use of the public space as an extension of the small houses.

 A typical street in the Moravia quarter, with a building structure in different stages of development.

The Morro (“pile of rubbish”) area, 2004, before the resettlement of the inhabitants, and 2013.

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