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Ann-Kathrin Köhl

Antwerpenerstraße, Berlin, Germany
Ann-Kathrin Köhl holds a master’s degree in architecture from the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. In addition, she spent a semester abroad in Portugal at Universidade de Lusíada Lisboa, where she had the chance to get into direct contact with the issue of informal settlements. Since finishing her studies she has supported the project “Refugees Welcome” that aims to accommodate refugees in shared flats.

Connecting the Formal and Informal


Redefining the informal settlement Cova da Moura

Connecting the Formal and Informal


Redefining the informal settlement Cova da Moura
By connecting the formal and informal architecture the dense network of different dependencies creates a vibrant process that ensures a balanced and sustainable system.

The process-like structures within the informal settlement lead to analogies and parallelisms in the system. This generates a dynamic network of dependencies that cause a strong sense of community and leads to a direct transfer of knowledge, in which the amateur becomes the designer. Informal settlements can therefore be seen as a "laboratory" for visionary urbanism. However, at the same time a lack of restrictive parameters leads to an excessive densification of the overall structure. The pure concentration on the construction of private space leads to the neglect of the public space. Hence deficits develop in the formulation of infrastructure, the building fabric and the installation of public facilities. Combining formal and informal architecture intends to initiate a creative dynamic within the district leveraging the advantages of both approaches that ensures a sustained revaluation for the neighbourhood.


Connecting the Formal and Informal


Redefining the informal settlement Cova da Moura

Connecting the Formal and Informal


Redefining the informal settlement Cova da Moura
By connecting the formal and informal architecture the dense network of different dependencies creates a vibrant process that ensures a balanced and sustainable system.

The process-like structures within the informal settlement lead to analogies and parallelisms in the system. This generates a dynamic network of dependencies that cause a strong sense of community and leads to a direct transfer of knowledge, in which the amateur becomes the designer. Informal settlements can therefore be seen as a "laboratory" for visionary urbanism. However, at the same time a lack of restrictive parameters leads to an excessive densification of the overall structure. The pure concentration on the construction of private space leads to the neglect of the public space. Hence deficits develop in the formulation of infrastructure, the building fabric and the installation of public facilities. Combining formal and informal architecture intends to initiate a creative dynamic within the district leveraging the advantages of both approaches that ensures a sustained revaluation for the neighbourhood.



Idea by

Ann-Kathrin Köhl
Antwerpenerstraße
Berlin
Germany
Ann-Kathrin Köhl holds a master’s degree in architecture from the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. In addition, she spent a semester abroad in Portugal at Universidade de Lusíada Lisboa, where she had the chance to get into direct contact with the issue of informal settlements. Since finishing her studies she has supported the project “Refugees Welcome” that aims to accommodate refugees in shared flats.