Talk: Everything up to Par?
Track: Designing High & Low
Date: Day 1 – 16:00
Location: Neufert-Mansion, Gelmeroda
“Hands in the earth and head in the world”: This activist’s statement on the Allmendekontor, a well known urban gardening project in Berlin, casts romantic light on the negotiation processes of high and low, which have become the everyday business of urban development. Valuable trees or rare species are among the most common obstacles for planning projects. Urban green areas with their symbolic power form the battleground for renegotiations between bottom and up in many – especially growing – cities. The tools of the smart city contribute to the formation of the battleground – depending on their users. Sustainable urban development seems to waver as the contradictions between the three pillars economy, society and environment grow.
Does the protest call "Those up there do what they want anyway" still reflect the reality of urban planning? The talk sets out to search for clues in the everyday planning routine of German cities.