Workshop 5: Botanizing on the asphalt

Saturday, 5 June 2021 – 4:00 p.m.

Movements and initiatives on urban agriculture, gardening and self-help-oriented settlement characterize the big metropolises. They tie in with settler schools and life reform movements, land reform and cooperative projects that accompanied modern urban development. In light of the climate crisis, questions of how to deal with land as a scarce and threatened commodity for the common good have taken centre stage. In urban workshops, activists shape an approach of post-disciplinary urban design whose engagement comes closer to that of foresters, gardeners, landscape architects and understands planning as care and cultivation of the soil.

Host: Friedrich von Borries (Germany)

Friedrich von Borries is an architect, author, curator and, since 2009, professor of design theory at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. He works interdisciplinary in the field of tension between urban development, architecture, design and art. The subject of his interest is the relationship between design and social transformation processes – especially in times of growing economic inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.

Speakers: Laura Forlano, sociologist, design researcher & lecturer (USA)
Julia Lohmann, researcher, designer & lecturer (Finland)
Bernhard König, member of the Breathe Earth Collective (Austria)
Jack Campbell Clause, Design Director KDI – Kounkuey Design Initiative (Kenia)
Chiara Tornaghi, sociologist & human geographer (UK)
Seth Denizen, researcher & design practitioner (USA)