Design Studios – Rainer Hehl

16/09/2013 | birgitklauck




ADIP Guest-Professorship 2013/2014

Translocation of Innovation in Architecture and Urban Design

from São Paulo/Mumbai/Hong Kong to Berlin


What if we put aside for a moment the individual effort of a singular architect’s vision and consider the fact that innovation is only happening when ideas travel?

What if we just move forward focusing our creativity on intelligently copy-paste what already proved to make a change?

In a world of hyper-connectivity the ability to process a high amount of circulating data requires more than just a global view – it rather calls for connecting many worlds, each of those built upon its particular modes of life and local flavors.

If on one hand cities become more and more generic, where airports, shopping-malls and exclusive residential enclaves are replicated without any local identity – and if at the same time reality also becomes more and more specific, as people are increasingly self-organizing and appropriating their everyday environments, design innovation ultimately has to deal with a transfer of surplus value. Excess quality of innovative practice will only have a major impact if generic concepts are translated into the specific conditions of a local context.

The program of the upcoming ADIP guest-professorship will investigate on many worlds – whether it be in Hong Kong, São Paulo, Tirana, Mumbai or Berlin – in order to identify exemplary practice that can be transplanted or trans-located to another context.

With the guiding question how exemplary concepts and ideas can be translated and adapted to new conditions, design innovation will be considered as a cross-border, transcultural practice.

Emphasizing on Emerging Urban Economies – border zones between informal and formal practice – the first year of the next ADIP professorship is launching a series of innovative research and design projects aiming at discovering the next generation of architects and urban designers.

For the first semester of the ADIP program the focus will be on the development of Berlin’s real potential for informalization and spatial appropriation by transferring exemplary model cases from emerging economies to the creative capital.


For more information on the winter semester program see 2013-14 Design Studios

The teaching language will be English and German.

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