Summer School Berlin
The Summer School Berlin in July 2017 was the second part of the project Urban Lab Medellín/Berlin. In Berlin, Columbian and German students of architecture, experts and professionals came together again to further develop and test the results of the Spring School in Medellín in the context of Berlin Kreuzberg.
Here, „Urban Coding” played an important role. Urban Coding is a method to develop and steer transformational processes in urban areas. In contrast to conventional processes in architecture and urban planning, Urban Coding aims to integrate informal elements in the development of buildings and public spaces and thus to strengthen the role of local organisations and stakeholders. Urban Coding supports the cooperation between local players with different objectives - like residents and neighborhood initiatives, private and public actors, developers or the local administration.
The Summer School included a one week academic workshop in the „Prinzessinnengärten” in Berlin, field trips and public discussion events. As tangible results, three urban interventions have been set up with local partners from the “Wassertorkiez” in Berlin Kreuzberg. A second workshop at BOX Freiraum in Berlin Friedrichshain aimed at the continuous developing and prioritizing scenarios for the ongoing transformation of the urban quarter Moravia in Medellín, like for example the project draft „Sembrando Vida (Planting Life)“. Sembrando Vida aims at transforming a park area on a former landfill into an urban gardening project.
Selected projects and scenarios provide a great potential regarding their realization in Moravia. They might even function as pilot projects for other cities in South America or in other regions.