Working Group A, moderated by Andreas Ruby, Germany and Mark Lee, USA, discussing the topic of "Normative Urbanism - between convention and differentiation"
Contemporary urbanism is marked by convention, where the user is assumed to be a generic subject. What ensues from this condition is a tension between the norm and that, which is considered to be outside the norm.
Cities today are confronted with rapidly changing demographics, i.e., the aging of wide sections of the population, a foregrounding of the role of women within the social order, increasing poverty, and more diversified social strata. Thus, discrepancies arise between non-differentiated urban design and differentiated users.
This presents an opportunity to not only question established standards, but to affect a shift away from an understanding of the city through the lens of a universal subject towards a differentiated understanding of urbanism.
April 20, 2007 | Workshop Conclusion
The workshop reporters present the findings and conclusions of the workshops.
April 20, 2007 | Working Group A Part 2
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Robert Somol, USA: Indifferent Urbanism: Graphic Standards and Urban Norms (PDF, 168.43 KB) »Nader Tehrani, USA: Normative Urbanism: Between Convention and Invention (PDF, 106.26 KB) »Jean-Philippe Vassal, France: Urban Metamorphosis (PDF, 472.56 KB) »Ronald Wall, Netherlands: Archinomics: Towards a Sustainable World City System (PDF, 582.04 KB) »Ines Weizman, Israel: Re-searching (for) the public: Other means of design in former East German cities (PDF, 296.75 KB) »Sarah Whiting, USA: Going Public (PDF, 111.48 KB) »
April 19, 2007 | Working Group A Part 1
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Miguel Almaraz, Mexico: Juarez Complex, Mexico City (PDF, 407.83 KB) »Minsuk Cho, South Korea: Two Houses in Seoul (PDF, 79.14 KB) »Dirk Hebel, Switzerland: Sustainable Aesthetics of the Pathological (PDF, 443.11 KB) »Simon Hubacher, Germany: Sustainable Difference (PDF, 514.12 KB) »Andres Iacobelli, Chile: Elemental (PDF, 599.37 KB) »