“For me the prison is a city within the city. There are many of the same things inside that exist outside. There are workshops – gardening, tailoring, carpentry. There are services – a kitchen, a post office, a bank, a barber. What is lacking is entertainment – like cinemas, theaters, or concerts – but the inmates replace this with television, which almost all of them have in their cells, just like people on the outside in their apartments. I was surprised how similar the trappings of freedom and captivity look.”
Moabit-West land use (commercial, residential etc.) Download the map here.
Moabit’s Kulturfabrik has a cinema, a theater, a cafe and party / event rooms. A former factory and warehouse built in 1911, the building was reopened in 1991 after negotiations with the Berlin Senate. Artists , residents and students organized themselves and continue to run the space without institutional support.
But then once I saw this I thought ‘hey, that kind of fits the mood, doesn’t it?’ So I just kept stripping it down, taking everything off. The ferries weren’t going, why should they be there? The parks were closed, remember? So why should the parks be there? So I just took out everything that wasn’t actually happening and ended up with this.
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Andrés Duany makes a good case for considering density at the scale of the neighborhood rather than the individual building. He states that the types listed above, in the context of a neighborhood reflecting the average United States market for need and choice results in roughly thirds: or one acre of apartments per two acres of townhouses per four acres of single family houses. This delivers a net density of 10 units per acre for a complete neighborhood. Next time you’re faced with a frightened crowd of density opponents, try turning the conversation to types of buildings, and allow that discussion to evolve into addressing the neighborhood as a whole, rather than simply a sum of its individual parcels.
— –Susan Henderson
Planning cannot eliminate slums. As long as there is large-scale deprivation, as long as our rulers, our media and our urban middle class believe that proletarianization is better than being a farmer, artisan or a tribal, there will be sizeable number of people who will be made available for blue-collar work in our cities. Such people will like to stay close to their places of work.
— Ashis Nandy, http://www.sacw.net/article1389.html
El socialismo* puede llegar solo en bicicleta,
— José Antonio Viera-Gallo