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Katharina Rohde

http://www.katharina-rohde.com

Manteuffelstr.73, Berlin, Germany
Katharina Rohde designs and realizes projects about structures, phenomena and processes of urban spaces and its associated narratives. With a Master in architecture, she works internationally as curator, social designer and urbanist. She is a PhD Candidate focussing on "Refugees as Urban Actors". further artist, activist, cultural producer, educator, dancer, choreographer, community enabler, lover (of all kinds), networker, (aspired) peacemaker, urbanist, urban streetworker.

Urban Choreography


Re-imagining possible worlds

Urban Choreography


Re-imagining possible worlds
The potential of architecture is to design possible (better) worlds by choreographing urban actors and spaces.

The role of architecture has expanded from the design of a physical structure to a holistic approach of place-making. The citizen is an active protagonist & his/her everday practices are central to the design of possible worlds. The architect meanders between roles; being an observer of daily practices & translator of ideas, acting as a mediator between stakeholders & inventing designs, s/he choreographs the aspects & actors of place-making. In this, the architect opens up to creative collaborations in space.

By inserting probes the creative collaborators, test the desires of various urban actors over space & challenge dialogue. The probe allows for the visibility of potentials. It challenges the negotiation of multiple usages within & accesses to one space; finding common ground.

Reflecting the probe & translating its findings, the architect is able to invent future worlds (i.e. inclusive spaces) & to direct its implementation - to choreograph the urban.


"Keep in a safe place - this stuff´s valuable, you never know who´s gonna try pinch it from you" - Handing out "Free Space" to hawkers in downtown Johannesburg that are threatened by displacement as a symbolic act initiating a dialogical process with urban decision makers.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of "Berlin-Gropiusstadt", we initiated a discussion with inhabitants of the failures and successes of this satellite town. A mobile structure was constructed, moving around the site. In collaboration with Erik Goengrich.

An abandoned ticket office was re-activated as a fight club within the parameters of a soccer stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2010 corresponding to the local desire for a space for boxing. In collaboration with Cascoland.

In order to stimulate local (informal) economies, a food market was set up within the parameters of a soccer stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2010. Local vendors offered local cuisine to the soccer audience during the public viewings. In collaboration with Cascoland.

In a process of branding local informal businesses in the township of Alexandra, this hair salon´s slogan corresponds to its customers desire: "Make me nice". In collaboration with Keabetswe and Ray Mokwena.

Urban Choreography


Re-imagining possible worlds

Urban Choreography


Re-imagining possible worlds
The potential of architecture is to design possible (better) worlds by choreographing urban actors and spaces.

The role of architecture has expanded from the design of a physical structure to a holistic approach of place-making. The citizen is an active protagonist & his/her everday practices are central to the design of possible worlds. The architect meanders between roles; being an observer of daily practices & translator of ideas, acting as a mediator between stakeholders & inventing designs, s/he choreographs the aspects & actors of place-making. In this, the architect opens up to creative collaborations in space.

By inserting probes the creative collaborators, test the desires of various urban actors over space & challenge dialogue. The probe allows for the visibility of potentials. It challenges the negotiation of multiple usages within & accesses to one space; finding common ground.

Reflecting the probe & translating its findings, the architect is able to invent future worlds (i.e. inclusive spaces) & to direct its implementation - to choreograph the urban.


"Keep in a safe place - this stuff´s valuable, you never know who´s gonna try pinch it from you" - Handing out "Free Space" to hawkers in downtown Johannesburg that are threatened by displacement as a symbolic act initiating a dialogical process with urban decision makers.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of "Berlin-Gropiusstadt", we initiated a discussion with inhabitants of the failures and successes of this satellite town. A mobile structure was constructed, moving around the site. In collaboration with Erik Goengrich.

An abandoned ticket office was re-activated as a fight club within the parameters of a soccer stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2010 corresponding to the local desire for a space for boxing. In collaboration with Cascoland.

In order to stimulate local (informal) economies, a food market was set up within the parameters of a soccer stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2010. Local vendors offered local cuisine to the soccer audience during the public viewings. In collaboration with Cascoland.

In a process of branding local informal businesses in the township of Alexandra, this hair salon´s slogan corresponds to its customers desire: "Make me nice". In collaboration with Keabetswe and Ray Mokwena.


Idea by

Katharina Rohde
Manteuffelstr.73
Berlin
Germany
Katharina Rohde designs and realizes projects about structures, phenomena and processes of urban spaces and its associated narratives. With a Master in architecture, she works internationally as curator, social designer and urbanist. She is a PhD Candidate focussing on "Refugees as Urban Actors". further artist, activist, cultural producer, educator, dancer, choreographer, community enabler, lover (of all kinds), networker, (aspired) peacemaker, urbanist, urban streetworker.