Forum Connective Spaces, 2nd June 2016, Metropolitan Solutions, Berlin
In 2015 the architecture magazines Baumeister and Topos launched the Cities Initiative, the aim of which is to address important questions about future cities. After a successful first year, we were able to convince lighting specialist Schréder to actively support the initiative, which in 2016 is all about connectivity: Nowadays people are well-linked via their smartphones and social media. In a similar sense, the connection between cities is a key to the success of urban space. Districts, suburbs and cities will not only have to interconnect with one another, but also with energy, knowledge and food suppliers. In doing so, they can satisfy the needs of their inhabitants in the long term. During the Berlin-based trade fair Metropolitan Solutions, we will discuss the crucial question of how cities of maximum participation actually function. We address technical solutions and ideas, planning approaches, challenges, and visions.