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Events 2006: Review

Dec: ThinkCity Discussion

ThinkCity Discussion, December 13, 2006

As a part of our ThinkCity series, Susanne Stemmler gave a presentation on “Hip-Hop – an urban youth culture in New York, Paris and Berlin.” The event took place under the auspices of Christian Höppner, the Secretary General of the German Music Council. Invitation (in German)...

Nov: Conference "Urban Age"

Conference Report: Urban Age

Report by Florian Urban; Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14.11.2006 (in German)
Lecture: “City district tourism as the engine of a socially oriented city district development” as part of the series ThinkCity, November 8, 2006, 6.30 pm

Nov: "Neighborhood tourism"

The second presentation in our ThinkCity lecture series took place on November 11, 2006. Sandra Huning, a former post doc at the CMS, and New York fellow Johannes Novy will present their work. The event takes place under the auspices of Franziska Eichstädt-Bohlig. Robert Maitland, director of the Centre for Tourism at the University Westminster, London, will be the respondent.
Building on their work as coordinators of a study project on the theme “Neighborhood tourism in Berlin-Kreuzberg and Harlem”, Sandra Huning and Johannes Novy developed proposals as to how to evaluate tourism in “disadvantaged neighborhoods” and how – i.e. under what circumstances – tourism can support processes of socially oriented city district development. These proposals argue against a one-sided affirmative or dismissive evaluation of the phenomenon. They are illustrated with various examples from New York and Berlin.

Invitation (in German)…

Oct: Konferenzbericht "Divided Cities"

"Divided Cities" – a German-American conference in New York.

“The metropolis is not an essence, it is a situation.” Thus did the American historian Thomas Bender (New York  University) in his opening speech summarize the object of research.  11 Ph.D. students and as 8 professors, which are all associated with the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program “History and Culture of the Metropolis in the 20th Century” – gave their comments and presentations. The Graduate Research Program traveled for their second yearly conference on 4-11 October 2006 to New York. Under the title “Divided Cities”, they exchanged thoughts for a week with colleagues from the USA on the present and future of large cities.
Conference report by Florian Urban as PDF (in German)

Jul: Workshop "Comparing Cities"

Workshop "Comparing cities-from the empirical case to a plausible argument"

The interdisciplinary workshop was organized by the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program “History and Culture of the Metropolis in the 20th Century” and the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University Berlin. It thematized the methodological problems that emerge in comparative research projects on the city. This encompasses everything from the selection of the cities to the legitimacy of their comparison and to the practical execution and writing up of the comparative research. The one-day workshop investigated these problems in relation to the concrete research projects of the participating doctoral students. Prof. Konrad H. Jarausch (University Potsdam) and Dr. Dorothea Löbbermann (Humboldt University Berlin) provided the introductory presentations and feedback.
Session report by Elke Beyer (in German)…

Jul: Summer course "Berlin: Images and Sites of the Metropolis"

Summer course “Berlin: Images and Sites of the Metropolis – Utopia vs. Intervention”, 11 – 20 July 2006

The summer course thematized architectural and artistic representations of Berlin. The course was co-taught by Adrian v. Buttlar, professor of art history at TU Berlin, and Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history Columbia University and designated curator for architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
More information here (in German)…

Jul: "Will Berlin need a new government Director of Construction?"

Symposium “Building culture in Berlin – will Berlin need a new government Director of Construction?” July 18, 2.30 pm, Center for Metropolitan Studies

Presentations by Uwe Altrock, Gerd Held, Christian Strauß, Cordelia Polinna, Harald Bodenschatz, and Klaus Brake. Panel discussion: “Great facilitator or authoritarian machinator?” with Dorothee Dubrau (Elected representative for construction in the Berlin-Mitte district), Hilmar von Lojewski (leading government official), Ulla Luther (government official, retired), Hans-Christian Müller (former government Director of Construction), Urs Kohlbrenner (architect), Moderator: Uwe Altrock.
With the retirement of Hans Stimmman, the post of a Director of Construction for the Berlin government is now up for discussion. Stimmann’s position combined an array of important tasks on the interstices of architecture, city planning, and urban development. On this occasion, the editorial board of the journal Planungsrundschau organizes an academic colloquium in cooperation with the Center for Metropolitan Studies on the question as to how to envision a sensible administrative implementation of urban planning, design and building culture in general, and in the new Berlin< government in particular.
Program (in German)…

Jun: "Policing Crowds - Privatizing Security"

Conference “Policing the Crowds – Privatizing Security, Neoliberal Policing in the long 1990s and Beyond”, 24-25 June 2006

The Center for Metropolitan Studies presents the conference “Policing the Crowds – Privatizing Security, Neoliberal Policing in the long 1990s and Beyond” in the NGBK (Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg). Volker Eick, Jens Sambale und Eric Töpfer organized the conference. More information: htt://www.policing-crowds.org

Jun: "Frankreichs Hochhäuser..."

[In German] Vortrag von Jean-Louis Cohen: "Frankreichs Hochhäuser: Architekturexperimente zwischen Utopie und sozialen Unruhen" am 21. Juni
Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor für Architekturgeschichte an der New York University, erwarb sich unter anderem mit den Büchern Mies van der Rohe und Le Corbusier and the Mystique of the USSR, Theories and Projects for Moscow, 1928-1936 internationales Renommee. In seinem Vortrag zog er eine Bilanz der umstrittenen Geschichte der Hochhäuser des 20. Jahrhunderts. mehr

May: "Creative Industries Clusters in New York City"

[In German] Vortrag „It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing: Creative Industries Clusters in New York City“ von Doreen Jakob am 17. Mai 2006

Am 17. Mai luden die Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung und das Center for Metropolitan Studies in der Galerie Caprice Horn (Rykestr. 2, Berlin - Prenzl. Berg) zum Vortrag „I don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing: Creative Industries Clusters in New York City“ von Doreen Jakob (Fellow am Center for Metropolitan Studies) statt. Themen-Pate war Volker Heller (Senat für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Berlin). hier Abstract

May: Lecture "Postmetropolitan Transitions"

[In German] Vortrag "Postmetropolitan Transitions" von Prof. Edward Soja, 16. Mai 2006

Am 16. Mai konnten wir mit Edward Soja einen der bekanntesten amerikanischen Stadtforscher begrüßen und für eine öffentliche Vortragsveranstaltung gewinnen.

Edward Soja ist Geograph und Professor im Department of Urban Planning an der University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Er ist der Autor zahlreicher Veröffentlichungen über postindustrielle Stadtentwicklung. Am bekanntesten wurde er mit Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places (1996), Postmetropolis:   Critical Studies of Cities and Regions (2000) und The City: Los  Angeles and Urban Theory a the End of the Twentieth Century (1996, herausgegeben zusammen mit Allen Scott).
Eine Veranstaltung des Schinkel-Zentrums der TU Berlin und des Center for Metropolitan Studies.

May: Conference "Moderne historische Stadtforschung"

[In German] Nachwuchskonferenz "Moderne historische Stadtforschung - Themen und Methoden"

Am 15. Mai 2006 fand am Center for Metropolitan Studies die Nachwuchskonferenz "Moderne historische Stadtforschung - Themen und Methoden" statt, eine Konferenz des Centers for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) und des Instituts für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung Erkner (IRS) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung (gsu).  

May: "Raum des Wissens"

[In German] Vortrag "Raum des Wissens" von Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn, 4. Mai 2006

Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn, einer der bekanntesten und führenden deutschen Architekten für Industrie-, Forschungs- und Wissensbauten, sprach am 4.5.2006 an der TU Berlin zum Thema "Raum des Wissens. Architekturen für eine Wissensgesellschaft". Der Vortrag war eine Kooperationsveranstaltung der Gesellschaft von Freunden der TU Berlin und des Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Jan: "The Just City"

Conference "The Just City" - January and June 2006

The term “Just City” has been coined by American political scientists and urban planners to summarize a variety of challenges that architects, planners, and policy makers have to face at the turn of the 21st century: How can cities plan for and contribute to social justice? How can metropolitan areas provide diversity and equality, distinctive cultural practice and social exchange and, difference and integration? Are historical precedents or analogies of any help for the future?
The riots in the French banlieue, the (mis)management of the New Orleans disaster, and the debates on immigration and ethnic diversity in Germany and the United States – recent events raise these questions with new urgency.
We had invited eminent scholars from Europe and the United States to discuss their ideas and propositions: Susan Fainstein, Peter Marcuse, Margit Mayer, Jens-Uwe Walther, John Mollenkopf, Etienne Francois, Boris Gresillòn and Susanne Stemmler.

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