2013 – Peripheries in Transition


Columbia University

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
A6851 Urban Design Studio III
Critics: Richard Plunz (coordinator), Victor Body-Lawson, Michael Conard,
Petra Kempf, Geeta Mehta, Kate Orff,  Johannes Pointl, Erich Prödl (visiting critic)

PERIPHERIES IN TRANSITION. Austria, France & Ghana. Vienna, Bordeaux, and Kumasi.

The subject of this Studio is a comparative urban dialogue between Vienna, Bordeaux and Kumasi. Like dynamic cities everywhere, they share concerns about the form of their continuing expansion and the consequent mandate for compact growth. This dialogue is of particular interest given the diversity of character and context of each. Although Vienna and Bordeaux are both in Western Europe, the contrast in their planning traditions and development policies is important to distinguish within the present-day urban protocols of the European Community. That said they both share normative urban development practice in Western Europe that remains the most articulated of the advanced global economies. The peripheries of both Vienna and Bordeaux entail older “rings” of growth that face a new era of rationalization and compaction. On the other hand, the studio dialogue with Kumasi will be instructive as part of the dialectic between “Global North” and “Global South.” It provides an important consideration of alternative urban development models inclusive of a new “ring” of peripheral growth, and reinvention of older “informal sector” areas.