The resulting projects can be temporary or long-term designs and strategies. These projects combine different scales and are characterized by their strong connection with the spatial, cultural, social and economical context of where they occur.
For David Dooghe the city is organic. Questioning the city and understanding its working principles is the path to a sustainable project.
For more information, click on the Project numbers:
P31_The New City Gates / P3o_Island Nijmegen-Lent / P29_World Port Days / P28_Water Garden / P27_the International Perspectives / P26_Economics of Beauty / P25_the Vibrant City / P24_CityGallery Cool / P23_Defining the Metropolis / P22_House DDR'dam / P21_Soundpiece @ Schouwburgplein / P2o_between Space and Place / P19_the top is within reach / P18_Transformation as Inspiration / P17_the Art of an Urban Culture / P16_Youth and the City / P15_IFF@R'dam / P14_We love to build / P13_the Rotterdam urban theatre / P12_Caribbean Summer @Afrikaanderwijk / P11_Festivalscity_Rotterdam / P1o_TimeLine R'dam / Po9_Moving East / Po8_Keep it, Green it, Live in it! / Po7_Morpho-Logic / Po6_Luik, Liege,Luttich / Po5_House FDU'sel / Po4_Shelter / Po3_New Alliances / Po2_Tria / Po1_Loft for Rent
The former GDR has shifted form the peripheral area between the socialism and capitalism after the fall of the wall in 1989 into the peripheral area of the capitalistic European Union. Of the big expectations that the capitalism would bring, hardly anything happened.
What is the situation now, almost 2o years after ‘die Wende’ and with the European Union moving further east? What are the problems within the shrinking cities at or near the Germany-Poland border and are there solutions already visible? Moving East is an observation of the situation in the cities and the first signs of change. This observation is documented by a combination of mapping, use of quotes out of interviews and novels and a photo report.
2oo6, Germany / Poland
Merseburg is a shrinking city between Halle and Leipzig. Merseburg wants to attract new residents by transforming the GAGFAH-Siedlung and creating new living environments. Therefore the city organized an Internationale Bauausstellung: Neue Milieus, Neue Chancen
The site has the potential to create a new green east-west connection through Merseburg, connecting the different natural landscapes surrounding the city.
The project started from the existing green (Keep it) and intensifies the green by creating a diverse landscape (Green it). The qualities of the newly formed landscape were used to create new living environments with modern, comfortable and energy efficient houses (Live in it). A diverse urban forest in a city is the result. Pedestrian paths connect all these different landscapes.
These different landscapes reminded us of the movie Lord of the Rings. The new living environments therefor refer to the Hobbiton and Middle Earth (north), Tree Houses (middle) and the 2 Towers (south).
The competition was done in co-operation between Spilios Gianakopoulos and David Dooghe.
2oo6, Merseburg, Germany
In the industrial revolution, Liege expanded rapidly, a bundle of infrastructure connected Liege with the surrounding regions and cities. Now, since the economical decline, the city shrinks.
The strategy of this project is the elastic city. Looking at history, cities always have been shrinking and expanding. In the phase of shrinking, the city should decide what are its specific qualities. For Liege they are the good infrastructural connections and the nearness of the Ardennes, a region of extensive forests, rolling hills and old mountains.
The urban strategy proposes to invest and densify around the infrastructural nodes. The areas between these nodes, the big declining industrial areas and the worn out housing are slowly transformed to extensive forests like the Ardennes. These transformed areas host recreational functions, and routes connect them with the Ardennes. By transforming a part of the area, a new attractive green quality is created for the remaining houses.
2oo5 Liege, Belgium
The presentation started with maps that illustrate the shifting of the social-cultural and the political-economical boarders since 19oo until 2oo6 in this area. The observation of the urban situation in the border cities of Gorltiz-Zgorzelec, Guben-Gubin, Frankfurt (Oder)-Slubice, just before the opening of the Poland border to the European Union in 2oo6, was shown by use of photos, maps and quotes out of interviews and novels. How these border cities deal with the (re)union has parallels with the unification of East- and West-Berlin.
The influence of the shifting boarders (social, cultural, economical and political) since 19oo until now in non-boarder cities in the area was also presented. The shifting boarders have a big influence on the identity of these cities. Dresden is weeding out the socialistic domination in the city centre and rebuilds hs historical centre. Cottbus wants to transform from industrial city to an international university city but has a low educated unemployed population with many social and racist problems. The design project ‘Keep it, Green it, Live in it!’ illustrates the task in the shrinking city of Merseburg.
As an example of social and cultural reunion, the effect of 2oo6 FIFA World Cup, which Germany hosted at the time of the research, was displayed. This one-month during event brought the former East- and West-Germany more together than 2o years of political effort. ‘The German flag was no longer a monopoly of the neo-Nazis but became again the symbol of the unified German people’.