FUSION CITIES – consolidation of movement // the hardcopy
“FUSION CITIES – consolidation of movement” was an urban design seminar at TU Darmstadt in 2009.
Two cities divided by a border are growing together. The moving particles of this inter-cultural exchange leave their footprint in the landscape – the urban landscape. A border is a thin line between them, an area like an enclave or an undefined moving line, sometimes not even visible.
In the course we have analyzed the original state of the cities and how it got reformed by the exchange through the years.
What is strongly restricted by the border? (people, goods, …)
What does not care about the border? (internet, climate, geography, culture …)
Switching from border and flows (network/negative space) to city (footprint/positive space) and back again we have drawn maps and diagrams to compare the several pairs of fusion cities.
The language of this book here is mostly visual, which enables the viewer to an intuitive comparison of each of the fusion cities and the analytical steps.
you can see all the results at our blog fusion-cities.par-darmstadt.de and download the PDF and listen to the audio-files of FAVEMINIO online.
Trialog 101 'Borders and Migration'
Fusion Cities – Two Border Cities growing together by Jula-Kim Sieber, December 2009
Fusion is found everywhere in the globalized world – in urbanism as well. A seminar at PAR, an urban design institute at TU Darmstadt particularly focused on fusion passing borders. Four different types of borders were to be analysed: the natural, the artificial, the social, and the political border.