Book Project: Towards a Landscape of Possibilities

We start with the assertion, that the „un-planned“ is unavoidable in all urban reality. Hence, it has to be part of the process of planning, if the aim of planning is to develop a resilient, adaptive and robust urban space with plenty of opportunities for the living.

In this work we first do a brief analysis of how – in the case of Hamburg Kirchdorf-Süd, certain modes of fabrication of the urban lead to nonadaptable, monofunctional results. In a next step we opposed the hypothesis of a different utopian thinking in a swarm or rhizomatic understanding of individualism, hence difference and ask the question of: how this different utopian thinking can help to build an adaptable iterative process of planning. In a further step we apply and develop some tools and methods to articulate a motive out of these utopian thoughts and outlined a prototypical concept of library and catalogue, leading to a common urban language of practice. This preparation brings us to the programmatical core of the process. The program is based on the Lefèbvrian method of the transduction and has been prototypically applied and modified.

With the program we can unfold a ›Landscape of Possibilities‹ and site specific dispositons and tendencies. Finally and based on the existing we identify possible interventions of conscious action of today and ask the question of: ,how to intervene to participate?‘ We consider it as desirable to establish a process, which on one hand is recursively producing and questioning the „most remotest possible“ future and adapting it to coming circumstances and demands. On the other hand, the process should transform the existing towards an imaginable and desirable possible future. This demands an open-end-adaptive-planning and it demands for conscious intrinsic forces of physical, social, symbolic and conceptual production of space.


The first chapter explains our attitude of access, and the methods we used to explore the site and field of research, as well it gives a brief review of our findings on the phenomenon of the „un-planned“.


The second chapter gives an overview of the specific history and reality of Hamburg Alt-Kirchdorf and Kirchdorf-Süd.


The third chapter tries to identify some fabrication-modes of modernist utopias, and especially how certain ,images of utopia‘ and ,Images of Thought‘ were reproduced globally.


The fourth chapter opposes the hypothesis of a different utopian thinking in a swarm or rhizomatic understanding of individualism, hence difference.


In the fifth chapter we deal with some intellectual tools offered by Henri Lefèbvre, and extent or modify them to suit our demands. This chapter also articulates our motive.


The sixth chapter outlines a concept of library, which we use to work with a common urban language of practice. We take up the thread of a library concept from informatics and computing, which is based on Christopher Alexanders „A Pattern Language“. Our library contains a prototypical set of site specific catalogues to work with.


The seventh chapter unfolds the methodical synthesis and programmatical core of our process. It produces a set of experimental scenarios based on the catalogues of the library.


In the eighth chapter we outline the concept of an abstract „Landscape of Possibilities“ to explore pathways from the „closest reality“ to the „most remotest possible“.


The ninth and last chapter articulates options for conscious actions/interventions of today, based on the process and towards the „strategical hypothesis“ of a possible future. And finally this chapter terminates with a reflection and an outlook.