the berlin - new york planning + design workshop was founded as an academic and cross-cultural forum for students of architecture and urban planning.
the goal of the workshop is to examine existing urban conditions and design strategies that address preset needs as well as future challenges of energy, carbon emissions, waste and growth. We strive to think outside of the box, and use Berlin and New York -- two of the world's most dynamic cities -- as our testing ground.
the berlin - new york workshop meets every summer in Berlin and brings together students and professors from American and European universities working to advance the discourse on sustainable development. The ability to walk the sites, participate in design charrettes, attend lectures and hold discussions is the immeasurable benefit of bringing everyone together in person, but we envision the work an ongoing endeavour. For that reason, we have established a website arsberlin.wordpress.com to serve as an open forum and pin-up space for news and ideas regarding water, architecture, planning and urban design.
this summer, the workshop will focus on development along the water's edge -- comparing projects along the River Spree in Berlin and the Brooklyn East River in New York. Both developments are quite controversial and debate rages about the most approprate strategies. Negotiating between experience from the past, the needs of the present, and the demands of the future helps inform the debate, but also incites rifts between various idealogical factions. The berlin - new york workshop strives to use this tension to its full advantage and develop design strategies that appreciate context, address a present need and embrace the challenges of the future -- particularly those challenges regarding energy use and consumption.
the 2010 workshop already includes participants from the two founding institutions -- the Pratt Institute of New York and the Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin -- as well as the Iowa State University, the University of California at Berkeley, Hafencity University Hamburg and the Institut für nachhaltiges Bauen und Gestalten of the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern.