Berliners have been waiting for a long time for the opening of their new airport Schoenefeld. When this will finally happen, the currently working airport of Tegel (TXL) will be converted into a research and industrial park, The Urban Tech Republic, where 25,000 people will live, work and study, with major repercussions on the city’s mobility system. The team around Max Schwitalla and transit management expert Paul Friedli as well as neuroscientist Arndt Pechstein are researching how to redesign the mobility experience to interconnect Berlin TXL and Berlin, taking inspiration by natural systems. What if, instead of seeing mobility either as individual or public, we hypothesize swarms of people with the same destination in the urban environment? The findings can be of major importance not only for Berlin, since it offers an alternative to the unsustainable 20th century model of privatized motorized individual mobility.
Max Schwitalla studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the ETH, Zurich, where he received his Master’s Degree. He founded the Studio Schwitalla, in Berlin in 2012. The interdisciplinary architecture studio focuses on urban mobility and explores the mobile society through visual art. Prior to Studio Schwitalla, he co-founded HENN StudioB in Berlin where he was jointly responsible for the design of various big scale projects in China and was working for Rem Koolhaas/OMA in Rotterdam and New York as well as Graft in Berlin and Los Angeles. His works have been awarded with the Klaus Humpert Preis (city and density - visions for the city of tomorrow), Offlines (visionary projects for transportation by rope), eVolo 06 (skyscraper competition) and Tate in Space (Tate Gallery, London).