XI Bienal de Sao Paulo: Grande Caminhada

Performance zur 11. Biennale der Architektur in Sao Paulo

Eine kollaborative Wanderung 8 Tage / 148 km
Als Eröffnungsprojekt der Biennale der Architektur von Sao Paulo war die Wanderung eine Einladung die zentrumsfokussierte Sicht auf Architektur umzudrehen und als physische Bewegung zu erleben. Mit ethnografischem Interesse und einem Fokus auf Architektur ohne Architekten wanderten eine Gruppe mit wechselnden Teilnehmern durch die Randbereiche Sao Paulos und durch die verschiedenartigen Stadtwelten jenseits des Zentrums. Begleitet wurde die Wanderung auf Social Media, Fernsehbeiträgen, dokumentiert in einem Twitter Livestream und einer Karte, die den Standort der Gruppe in Echtzeit anzeigte.

Beitragen konnte jeder durch Mitwandern, kommentieren im Social Media Space, Teilen eigener Inhalte oder die Bereitschaft eine Stop für die Wanderung zu bieten und ein Projekt oder Idee vorzustellen.

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Konferenz Landscaping Egypt, Cairo

Veranstaltet von der German University of Cairo suchte die Konferenz nach Modellen für die rapide und sehr unterschiedliche urbanisierte Landschaften Ägyptens um die Verstädterung und der Druck auf die Agrarflächen durch innovative Modelle produktiver (Stadt)Landschaften zu begegnen.

Mit Beiträgen von:
Ahmed Rashed, National Water Research Center, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Cairo
Antje Stokman, Architecture and Landscape, HafenCity University Hamburg
Bryony Dunne, Photographer and Filmmaker, Cairo
Faris Farrag, Bustan Aquaponics, Cairo
Felix Hartenstein, TU Berlin El Gouna
Hala Barakat, Archeobotanist, EIPR, Cairo
Hana Nazer, Department of Geography, Fayoum University
Hany El Kateb, Institute of Silviculture, TU Munich tbc
Helmy Abouleish, Sekem, Bilbeis tbc
Jerry van Eyck, !melk landscape architects NYC
Laila Elmasry, Sites International, Cairo
Maged El Said, Habiba Organic Farm, Nuweiba
May Al-Ibrashy, architect and architecture historian, Al Athar Lina Initiative, Cairo
Mohamed Salheen, IUSD Ain Shams University Cairo tbc
Sherif Hosny, Schaduf, Cairo
Undine Giseke, Urban Landscape Design TU Berlin, TU Berlin El Gouna
Ashraf ElSadek, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari, Desert Research Center Egypt




Walking through instead of flying over: A way to see the flux of urbanization in Istanbul and other places?

Kohler, Martin. 2014. „Walking through in stead of flying over – a way to see the flux of urbanization in Istanbul and other places?“ in Walking the European City. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
This chapter aims to discuss walking as a method of studying urban social space that can be used to interpret and explain city regions. In the first part I present references to the fields of aerial photography in urban theory and planning, the challenge of global urban diversity for urban analysis and especially comparison and walking as a multi-sensual experience of places as a “poor methodology.”
These fields situate the practice of “Stadtwanderungen” or Big Urban Walks that will be exemplified in the second part presenting the walk through Istanbul.

„The usefulness of walking-based research is more evident when the object of analysis is a large urban area. In these cases, maps and satellite images rely on highly aggregated data and only allow for the identification of visual patterns from a large distance. As an alternative, Chapter 8 proposes „big urban walks“ crossing whole metropolitan areas. This method produces information that while subjective, it is also coherent and systematic, and can be used to understand the complex social and physical factors behind the patterns observed in maps.“

Anciaes, Paulo Rui. 2014. „Walking in the European city: quotidian mobility and urban ethnography“. Urban Geography Book Review 2014 2014.

Sideways – Walking Arts Festival

Sideways is a translocal, experimental festival for contemporary art and cultural
research, exploring different ‘pathscapes’ in the northern region of Belgium.
This first-time event did unfold on the go across a four week period in the summer
of 2012. It exhibited a broad program of visual art, walks, live art and sitespecific
interventions. Ubiquitous yet overlooked, these pathscapes comprise a
broad diversity of ‘spaces of going’: crooked rural footpaths; cycleways spanning
many kilometres; straight tow paths on the banks of waterways; transient ‘desire
lines’ leading from one urban area to another; barely perceptible, overgrown
backroads; picturesque hollow ways; etc.
The festival aims to question the past history, present use and future potential
of these landscape features, as well as our conceptions of time, space, movement
and memory and create a collaborative meeting ground.
The festival was structured in 1. a journey 2. festival nodes and 3. concluding