FUTURE OF LIVING – URBAN AGRICULTURE – CULTURAL MEMORY: How to learn, act and innovate together across cultures and continents?

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CITYMAKERS China-Germany is a program initiated by Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Shanghai and Berlin based agency CONSTELLATIONS International in 2016. The mission: To tap the potential of global learning by building a Sino-German network of city makers who are pioneering for novel models for livable cities. The ambition: Moving from dialogue to action: For six months (from September 2016 till February 2018), three teams from Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai and Berlin consisting of academics and practitioners alike worked on three themes: “The Future of Living”, “Cultural Memory: Wuhan Narrative” and “Urban Agriculture”.

The questions of inquiry:
How could a novel resident-centered building-type in China based on a collective space look like? How could innovative German co-housing models inspire architectural practice in China?
What is the relevance of cultural heritage for a city’s identity? Concretely, with the example of Wuhan, the city where in 1895 the first German Concession in China was established: What are the “cultural narratives” that are still embedded in the built environment? How could a productive Sino-German debate on culture and identity in urban space contribute today?
How can scalable solutions for urban farming look like and how can knowledge exchange between China and Germany contribute?

ANCB is pleased to host the final event of this inquiry process in search for city innovations between China and Germany and discuss the results with the ANCB network of partners, clients and friends.

Miriam Mlecek
Programme Manager, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Dr. Clemens Spiess, Eve Nagel International Relations America and Asia, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Future of Living-team:
Dr. Iris Belle Assistant Professor, Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai
Binke Lenhardt Architect, Co-Founder Crossboundaries, Beiijing
Prof. Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architect, Dipl.-Ing. MSc AAD, Professor at Bochum University of Applied Science & Founder KNOWSPACE Berlin

Urban Farming-team:
Dr. PAN Tao Founder of ISEE Green Think-Tank and Founder & Owner of Ecoland Club Farm Shanghai
WU Yi Meng Designer, Founder, Studio Wu 無 (Berlin), Artistic Director, CITYMAKERS China–Germany
Cecilia Antoni Cultural Manager, Filmmaker, Author, Legumes Enthusiast
GONG Wenye Landscape Architect, Urbanist

Cultural Memory-team:
Dr. Eduard Kögel Urban Planner, Architecture Historian, Publicist and Curator
YANG Fan Founder, CECP Wuhan (China Endangered Culture Protectors & Wuhan Heritage Walks)
Dr. Ines Eben von Racknitz Scholar, Sinologist & Historian, Professor at Nanjing University

Katja Hellkötter Founder CONSTELLATIONS International, Program Lead CITYMAKERS