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Imke Woelk, Dr. Ing. architect

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Flatowallee 16/854, Berlin, Germany
IMKE WOELK worked with Massimiliano Fuksas and Will Alsop after her studies in Braunschweig and Venice. 1997 she founded an office that combines architecture and art, planning practice and research. She taught and researched for institutions in Germany, Denmark, Italy and Korea. In 2003 she held the scholarship at the German Academy Rome, 2010 she received her doctorate at the TU Berlin, and was appointed 2016 to the Berlin Senate’s Advisory Board for Art in architecture and urban planning.

HYPERCITY Berlin-Hamburg, Germany


Multipolar City along a Superstructure

HYPERCITY Berlin-Hamburg, Germany


Multipolar City along a Superstructure
Urban growth embedded in nature and linked to the development of existing mobility infrastructures.
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  • Systemic changes

HYPERCITY offers an alternative to contemporary urban developments with sprawling agglomerations and unrestrained vertical growth. An existing highway is converted into a development axis for a new resource-saving urbanism. Less long-distance mobility will be generated and more efficient mobility systems could be developed. The new proximity of flexible structures for work, leisure and housing would reduce the weekly exodus of city dwellers to the countryside and make the polarity of city and countryside obsolete. An urban agriculture in a much closer natural landscape would be possible. The linear structures would remove the narrowness of the common city centers. Hypercity would contrast the centralist city model with all its logistical and social problems by creating open band spaces that are urban and landscape-oriented. These would be efficiently linked to existing infrastructures and offer a new balance between nature and man-made environment.


left: Renault ‚the Float‘, Study model of Yunchen Cai, Central Saint Martins, London, 2017 (source: https://autodesignmagazine.com/en/2017/09/the-float-vince-design-competition/)
right: Highways Industry, Online Magazin, 2015 (source: https://www.highwaysindustry.com/what-are-the-challenges-for-highways-engineers-of-the-future/)

Growth plan I-V, Acrylic on foamboard panel, 10 x 4 cm, 2002

Hyper Highway Berlin-Hamburg (red), existing highway network Germany (blue)

HYPERCITY Berlin-Hamburg, Germany


Multipolar City along a Superstructure

HYPERCITY Berlin-Hamburg, Germany


Multipolar City along a Superstructure
Urban growth embedded in nature and linked to the development of existing mobility infrastructures.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

HYPERCITY offers an alternative to contemporary urban developments with sprawling agglomerations and unrestrained vertical growth. An existing highway is converted into a development axis for a new resource-saving urbanism. Less long-distance mobility will be generated and more efficient mobility systems could be developed. The new proximity of flexible structures for work, leisure and housing would reduce the weekly exodus of city dwellers to the countryside and make the polarity of city and countryside obsolete. An urban agriculture in a much closer natural landscape would be possible. The linear structures would remove the narrowness of the common city centers. Hypercity would contrast the centralist city model with all its logistical and social problems by creating open band spaces that are urban and landscape-oriented. These would be efficiently linked to existing infrastructures and offer a new balance between nature and man-made environment.


left: Renault ‚the Float‘, Study model of Yunchen Cai, Central Saint Martins, London, 2017 (source: https://autodesignmagazine.com/en/2017/09/the-float-vince-design-competition/)
right: Highways Industry, Online Magazin, 2015 (source: https://www.highwaysindustry.com/what-are-the-challenges-for-highways-engineers-of-the-future/)

Growth plan I-V, Acrylic on foamboard panel, 10 x 4 cm, 2002

Hyper Highway Berlin-Hamburg (red), existing highway network Germany (blue)


Idea by

Imke Woelk, Dr. Ing. architect
Flatowallee 16/854
Berlin
Germany
IMKE WOELK worked with Massimiliano Fuksas and Will Alsop after her studies in Braunschweig and Venice. 1997 she founded an office that combines architecture and art, planning practice and research. She taught and researched for institutions in Germany, Denmark, Italy and Korea. In 2003 she held the scholarship at the German Academy Rome, 2010 she received her doctorate at the TU Berlin, and was appointed 2016 to the Berlin Senate’s Advisory Board for Art in architecture and urban planning.