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Laboratory for Integrative Architecture 

Theory Seminar Summer 2017


Emerged in pre-industrial times, fully developed through Hobrecht's Plan during industrialisation, bombed and transformed after World War II, the Berlin Block was flexible enough to absorb Berlin's complex historic developments and harsh socio-political changes. In the course of time it became a porous and on many levels heterogeneous urban structure of spatial, programmatic and social coexistence. After Germany's reunification it contributed to the emergence of a new culture that formed the seeds for Berlin's current demographic and economic growth. As a consequence, it is under big transformation pressure today.

So far little research has been carried out on the typology of the contemporary Berlin Block beyond the Hobrecht era, especially as it developed in the Post-War period. Since 2016, the research seminar "Berlin Block"is therefore documenting, analysing and comparing the development and present situation of various Berlin Block examples, in order to understand the qualities and parameters of this urban typology. By doing this it hopes to contribute the debate on the potential of this urban structure in regard to urban design theory and Berlin's on-going transformation challenges.


The theory seminar is addressed to highly motivated students who should have experience with programs such as InDesign, Illustrator and CAAD.


Bachelor: W Maßstabsübergreifende Analysemethodiken für Metropolregionen
Master: Arch M WP HA(6) LIA.01 Maßstabsübergreifende Analysemethodiken für Metropolregionen


Bachelor and Master: 6ECTS / 4SWS


Please apply until April 19 2017 by sending one A4 page pdf, that consists of one image and a short text (max. 1/2 A4 page) on your interest in the Berlin Block typology, to Ali Saad