Urban-Rural Dynamics – Uli Hellweg interviewed by Mark Kammerbauer :In topos 114 that is on fringes we explore that which lies at the edges, that which is located in the transition between two systems; that which sets a mark, but which also merges fluidly or even in fragile ways from one element into the other while still being able to accomodate one or more centres within it. We define fringes as in-between spaces, transitional spaces, and sometimes non-places; contradictory, sometimes undefined, fragmented. Above all, we define fringes as spaces of possibility and experimentation.

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By Mark Kammerbauer

We meet urban planner Uli Hellweg after a workshop on the planning of a courtyard and high-rise quarter in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. Housing for more than 2,000 residents is to be built here, with up to 50 per cent social housing, a mix of uses and facilities based on the Berlin model. We took the opportunity to talk to Uli Hellweg about the current challenges and opportunities of urban planning in general and in Berlin in particular.

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Since the beginning of the year 2020, the global crisis has been called COVID-19. Its effects on urban society cannot yet be rudimentarily assessed and affect entire sectors such as trade, gastronomy or the cultural and creative industries in addition to the private and professional environment of residents. As a member of the RaumwerkD advisory board, Uli Hellweg will speak at the NRW Chamber of Architects on the topic: “Validity of informal planning against the background of current challenges”.

Regarding the possible participation of the City of Vaihingen (Enz) in the International Building Exhibition IBA`27 StadtRegion Stuttgart, the citizens’ dialogue requested by the municipal council was continued on 19 January 2021. In the first phase, the information phase, general information is provided on what international building exhibitions are.

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As part of the first online conference of the IBA Metropolregion München, Uli Hellweg will talk about how it works, the added value, experiences of other IBAs and “Lessons Learned” for founding an IBA company.

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Germany is building XXL. New urban districts are being built everywhere. The FAZ presents the largest projects: Munich Freiham, Berlin Rummelburger Bucht and Schumacher Quartier, Fankfurt Riedberg and the new “district of quarters” in the northwest, Hamburg Oberbillwerder and Holsten-Quartier, Freiburg Dietenbach and Potsdam Krampnitz.

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“It’s no longer about the contrast of city or country, but about center and periphery, which can be anywhere. In a global world, it’s about preserving the identity of villages and yet being able to live an urban lifestyle. Holistically curated special formats (like an IBA) help a region develop over the long term in a learning process.”

Interview (in German)

In an interview with the Ippen Media Group (Frankfurter Rundschau, HNA, Münchner Merkur, Westfälischer Anzeiger, etc.), Uli Hellweg comments on the urban planning consequences of the home office boom.

Interview in German

Uli Hellweg on the question why social housing can only function in social neighbourhoods. In: New Social Housing – Positions on IBA Vienna 2022

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Uli Hellweg on the conceptual convergence of the IBA and BUGA formats and the opportunities for closer cooperation.