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21BB—Model Region Berlin-Brandenburg: Analyses and Visions for the 21st Century
Barbara Hoidn and Wilfried Wang (Editors)
Park Books, in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture; February 2021
Hardcover | 16-1/2 x 11-3/4 inches | 176 pages | 358 illustrations | English | ISBN: 9783038602002 | $75.00
How should a diverse metropolitan region such as the German capital Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg reinvent itself, while preserving its character, nurturing its attributes, and simultaneously preparing for climate change? 21BB—Model Region Berlin-Brandenburg offers an analysis of these important strategic questions, along with constructive solutions.
As a comprehensive survey of the entire Berlin-Brandenburg region, this book presents essays, striking visualizations, maps and graphics, and projects in a large-format atlas. Its findings are based on extensive research at University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (UTSOA) into complex subjects such as the circular economy, social equity, mobility, energy and water management, environment, population growth and density, inclusion, and urban culture. Wide-ranging essays are supplemented with proposals developed by UTSOA’s students. The book also features a radical urban and regional designs submitted to an international competition for Berlin-Brandenburg’s long-term development by Berlin-based firm Hoidn Wang Partner. Given the urgent need for a public debate about the future of Germany’s capital region, this volume offers a solid factual basis and offers new approaches, projects, and ideas.
The second type — by which I mean books born from design studios, research projects, exhibitions, symposia and other proceedings at schools of architecture, not student-run journals or books written by professors — are not new either. I trace academic publications like these back to Learning from Las Vegas, first published in 1972 and documenting a Yale architecture studio from 1968. Even if such books have been produced fairly regularly in the subsequent half-century, they have gained momentum in recent years, to the point that most of the books I receive these days are either a monograph or book co-published by a school of architecture — or so it seems.
Like that book I was involved with, 21BB balances the student projects with essays and other content. (If books like these were just student work, I can’t help but wonder, who would buy them besides the students, their friends and family, and perhaps architecture school libraries?) In the case of the book on the Berlin-Brandenburg region, eight essays come before the student projects. Then, in part three, are analytical maps produced by the firm of Hoidn and Wang. These maps, complete with numerous vellum overlays, appear to be the content driving the large A3 (equivalent to tabloid) paper size, landscape format, and lay-flat binding. Whatever the case, the student projects also read well across such large pages.
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.