Workshops and Projects » Urban Intersections Cologne



14 Jun 2010 - 25 Jun 2010
Köln International School of Design (KISD)
Universidade Federal do Paranܡ (UFPR)

Parallel to the workshop in Curitiba Prof. Philipp Heidkamp of KISD works with a second team on the same topic in Cologne, Germany:

The project is about understanding complex situations in urban space by finding simple relationships at the streetlevel, according to the topic »Mobility«. Analyzing micro-events at a local level is the key to designing the future of a complex (mega)city.

As Lucius Burkardt pointed out, "Design is invisible". We have to look beyond the visible, unveil and understand the patterns (Christopher Alexander) and come up with ideas of the social qualities in the design of urban space. 

We approach the topic by investigating the context of the micro-events, trying to find parts of organisational systems (time tables, ticket machines etc.) and analysing their relations and meanings..

The teams will research with the focus on »Urban Intersection«: In which way are encounters in traffic (non-motorized-vehicles, pedestriants, public transport, cars etc.) affected by apparent and invisible rules? How do people communicate when they intersect? Which services and products are involved? 

The teams work with a set of research and analysis tools and explore the city of Cologne. The transformation of the research results will be integrated and made accessible. Both teams will collaborate and exchange via this platform – an open discourse will be initiated. Exchange means using the cultural differencies to de-code the layers and meanings we do not see in our culture - as they are habits of everyday actions thus making us "blind" to look beyond the surface.

Parking a car

Cologne, the 4th biggest city in Germany has a lot of car users. The traffic is very crowed and busy, and in the rush hours the streets are paket with vehicles. Cologne has only a few parking houses, which are located either outside the city near train and tram stations and in the center of the city near the main shopping streets. Because of the huge amount of traffic, nearly every street has marked parking... more

Parking a bicycle

Cologne is a bicycle friendly city. Very bicycle friendly.

Cycling lanes criss cross the city, and are usually the fastest way to travel from any given point in the city to another. Besides bicycle lanes, we also have park-houses, special train carrieges for long distance travelling, and many many shops and maintnence spots. Cologne is also a very young city, with the largest University in Germany and... more

Using bus stops

In Cologne the tram is actually the main used transport system, due to its network. The busses are therefore a more secondary used system, for all the areas the tram doesn't cover. But nevertheless it is a system which has it's own unspoken rules, it's invisible design, exposed by the behavior of people and in this way defining their culture. 

Which types of bus stops exist? Which information are provided?... more

Pedestrian street crossing

What are the limits for pedestrians? How do they tend to cross the streets? Do they obey the rules? Are this rules necessary?

We observed for one week two different points of the city with this questions in mind. While the days where passing by, more questions came to our mind. What makes people obey or not obey this rules? How about families? HOw do people behave while crossing?

We began in Südstadt, in a... more