All over the globe cities are reinventing themselves: formerly scattered occupations like industrial production, farming, creativity are returning to cities making them more productive, attractive and humane. Specifically, former industrial sites are becoming key places of reterritorialization where working, living and public functions are being mixed in new ways, creating the most relevant product of cities: relationships.
Cities are places for human interactions and transactions. Today with increasing digitization, new forms of mobility, the internet of things and industry 4.0, and even more importantly a sound understanding of the underlying urban system, cities can be reshaped and become more dense, green, intense and interesting. But when growth is unchecked, cities can also produce anonymity and inequality which ultimately reduces value, opportunity and stability for all. To re-localize these complex systems, we should work on the urban commons of the 21st century with access, inclusion and human scale in mind. For this we need knowledge, good rules, shared narratives and great design.
Architect and founder of Hosoya Schaefer bureau Markus Schaefer will explain how urban planning can help to shape communities and why relations are the most valuable product of urban development.
Prior to founding his own firm, Markus Schaefer was the first director of AMO, the research department of OMA by Rem Koolhaas. Markus Schaefer has continued his teaching work with a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and now at the joint master’s programme of the Graduate School of Urbanism at the NRU HSE and the Strelka Institute in Moscow — Advanced Urban Design.
The lecture was held within Strelka Institute’s week in Yekaterinburg.