Housing and agriculture grow togetherCopyright: N. Pszola
How can agriculture and housing be interwoven? What do space-saving alternatives to single-family house settlement look like, and what new typologies and spaces are becoming relevant on the ground floor level of an agri-urban neighbourhood?
The city of Cologne and its surrounding communities are growing continuously. An increasing demand for living space and valuable fertile soils require new visions for settlement development in the Cologne environs. In the project "Rheinisch Habitat", students design productive quarters in the Cologne environs and rethink the relationship between housing and agriculture in terms of sustainable quarter development.
Following the project, it is expected that some of the works can be submitted to a student competition. The competition will be announced by the research project "NACHWUCHS - Nachhaltiges Agri-Urbanes ZusammenWACHSEN". The student designs are intended to supplement the scientific findings from the research project with visionary ideas for living and working in close proximity to agricultural production. Urban planning, building design and landscape will be jointly developed and designed on selected sites. Sustainability, space saving and neighbourly meeting places become central design parameters.
The first semester of the project (M2.1) begins with a graphic and fact-based analysis of the urban and rural space of the respective municipalities. Density, regional spatial patterns, settlement edges, structures and typologies of landscape, agriculture and settlement are to be identified and processed in plans and drawings. Subsequently, each group of two will develop an urban development plan for the productive neighbourhood. In the second semester (M2.2) the architectural elaboration of selected buildings and their surrounding landscape will be further developed.
The project is worked on in groups of two. Students in the Master of Architecture attend the supplementary module, in which case studies of hybrid urban-rural structures are examined. Students in the Master of Urban Planning are not required to take the supplementary module, but it is recommended that they do so (possibly as an elective course).
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- First Meeting: Tuesday, 07.04.2020, 2 p.m., Zoom
- Weekly Meetings: on tuesdays, 2 p.m.
The project is supervised by the Chair of Landscape Architecture (Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg, supervisors: Nathalie Pszola, M.Sc., Katharina Christenn, M.A.) and the Chair of Building Theory and Foundations of Design (Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Müller-Simon).