Identification Spaces

Potentials and qualities of large residential areas

In the emerging discussion of large scale housing development in the 1980s it was manly to find the reasons for its “failing”. The deficit in the design of urban development and architecture which supposedly created no points of reference for identification came into view as one of the reasons. But the current discussion shows that inhabitants of large scale housing projects identify stronger with their quarters as the outside view might suggest. Although the renewal of the city today demands often for identity-creating spaces, it doesn’t take into account much in their planning, how the build structures and over all, the actual appropriation through the residents, influence the identification with the area. At the same time, large residential quarters are subject to a high pressure of expectation and change, against the background of the socio-economic change and the increasing shortage of living space in the agglomerations. Thereby identification spaces could be lost in the worst case.

The symposium Identification spaces followed the question how identification spaces in large residential projects can be spatially and morphologically held and supported.


Program on the 8th of November

  • Introduction
    Greeting - Prof. Dr. Maren Harnack
    Greeting – Prof. Dr. Martina Klärle
  • New perspectives: View on large residential projects
    • Social criticism, Image and Identity. A look on the critical 1970‘s
      Dr. Sebastian Haumann, Technische Universtät Darmstadt, Institute for History
    • Out of order. Repair, maintenance and why our cities don’t fall apart
      Dr. Ignaz Strebel, ETH Zurich, Departement Architecture, ETH Wohnforum
    • London Apex. Urban photography between construction and vision
      Rut Blees Luxemburg, Royal College of Arts, London
  • New options for action
    • Conveying large residential projects. The contribution of the Werkstatt Baukultur Bonn
      Dr. Martin Bredenbeck, Bund Heimat und Umwelt, Bonn
    • Academy of a new Gropiusstadt. Productive collective spaces
      Prof. Jörg Stollmann, Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Architecture

Conclusion and final discussion

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Maren Harnack

Rut Blees Luxemburg, Dr. Martin Bredenbeck, Dr. Sebastian Haumann, Prof. Jörg Stollman, Dr. Ignaz Strebe


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