Urbanisation

The experiences shared by the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award initiatives evoked doubts about contemporary urban planning practices. Therefore, urbanXchanger facilitates an exchange in which urban practitioners will learn from community initiatives and actors from the global North will learn from actors from the global South.

After seven years, seven cities, and hundreds of initiatives documented during these years, it is time for urban planning to benefit from the experiences shared by the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award initiatives.

Ute Weiland, Managing Director, Land der Ideen Management GmbH

Further Information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

 

T. +49 (0)30 3407 4206
info.ahg@db.com

About Urban Age and the Award

urbanXchanger is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award which was given annually since 2007 to innovative projects in various cities around the world.

About the Urban Age Project

Information on previous projects in the field of urbanisation can be found in our publications.

Curator and Advisors

Curator

Marcos L. Rosa, architect, Sao Paulo

 

Senior Advisors

Jörg Stollmann, Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization, Berlin

Edgar Pieterse, Professor for Urban Policy and founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC), Capetown

José Castillo, architect und designer, Mexico-City

Jagan Shah, architect, writer und film maker, Delhi

Since 2007, the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award has been presented in Mumbai, São Paulo, Istanbul, Mexico City, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi. The overall aim of the Award has been to make the invisible visible, to unveil urban potential found in the slums, townships, barrios, gecekondular, or favelas, and to constitute a lobby for those who have never had one.

The experiences shared by the Award initiatives evoked doubts about contemporary urban planning practices. We believed it was time for urban practitioners to develop new practices based on the experiences of community initiatives. To enable this process, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft started a project in which urban practitioners learned from community initiatives and in which actors from the global North learned from actors from the global South.
urbanXchanger Mexico City
The urbanXchanger site for Mexico City: Miravalle where the Miravalle Community Council collaborated with Rozana Montiel (Mexico City) and SMAQ (Berlin). View from the top of the neighbouring volcano.
urbanXchanger created an international platform to achieve three main objectives. First, urbanXchanger enabled urban professionals to develop new urban planning strategies. These strategies should consider the responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the creation of a common urban future. Thus, urban professionals were encouraged to develop a new notion of participation, reconsidering the interface between community initiatives, urban planners and the city. Second, urbanXchanger explored if and how urban knowledge and social intelligence from one city may be transferred to the sociocultural fabric of another city. Third, urbanXchanger enabled community initiatives to exchange experiences and benefit from fresh ideas that may support them in overcoming their local challenges.
urbanXchanger New Delhi
Impression from a community meeting at Sangam Vihar (New Delhi), moderated by members of the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) in the context of the urbanXchanger program.

urbanXchanger Sao Paulo
A Sunday lunch hosted in the productive garden of Genival and Sebastiana in São Matheus, where social initiative Cidades sem Fome collaborated with Vapor234+Bandoni+Masagão (São Paulo) and constructlab (Berlin).
urbanXchanger was carried out in four of the seven DBUA Award partner cities: São Paulo, Mexico City, Cape Town, and New Delhi. Teams of urban practitioners from each of these cities chose and paired up with four teams of urban practitioners from Berlin. Each of the resulting four teams chose two community initiatives – one from Berlin and one from the respective partner city – with which they worked over the course of six months.
urbanXchanger
The urbanXchanger site for Cape Town: Village Heights in the Lavendar Hill district where the social initiative Hands of Honour collaborated with Jo Noero (Cape Town) and BAÙ Collective (Berlin).
The teams were asked to test collaborative modes of working with community initiatives and to develop local, process-oriented concepts to respond to the challenges faced by the initiative.

The results of the project have been presented and discussed during two workshops in Berlin in November 2015 and March 2016. They are part of the exhibition „Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age“ at the Biennale Architettura 2016 in Venice. On the occasion of the Urban Age Conference 2016, also in Venice, a publication about the urbanXchanger project will be published.

Further Information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

 

T. +49 (0)30 3407 4206
info.ahg@db.com

About Urban Age and the Award

urbanXchanger is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award which was given annually since 2007 to innovative projects in various cities around the world.

About the Urban Age Project

Information on previous projects in the field of urbanisation can be found in our publications.

Curator and Advisors

Curator

Marcos L. Rosa, architect, Sao Paulo

 

Senior Advisors

Jörg Stollmann, Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization, Berlin

Edgar Pieterse, Professor for Urban Policy and founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC), Capetown

José Castillo, architect und designer, Mexico-City

Jagan Shah, architect, writer und film maker, Delhi