Vanessa Miriam Carlow is invited to give a lecture at this years Bauwelt Kongress, on the subject of Digital Cities. In her lecture she will present current research projects rooted in the digital "realm" while focusing on the work she is doing with her Institute - Institute for Sustainable Urbanism at the TU Braunschweig. 


Date: Thursday November 22nd, 2018


Location: Akademie der Künste, Berlin (by registration only)



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Edited by: Katja-Annika Pahl, Iris Reuther, Jürgen Tietz, Peter Stubbe

Authors: Vanessa M. Carlow, Jürgen Aring, Dirk Christiansen, Angelus Eisinger, Bernd Hunger, Thomas Kuder, Joachim Lohse, Hans-Rudolf Meier, Frank-Heinrich Müller, Katja-Annika Pahl, Iris Reuter, Konrad Rotfuchs, Christian Scheler, Peter Stubbe, Jürgen Tietz


The large housing estate Neue Vahr in Bremen is an urban success model. Created at the beginning of the 1960s as the "City of the Future", based on designs by Ernst May among others, it is one of the largest post-war modernist housing estates in Germany. With the model process Neue Vahr, the housing association GEWOBA in cooperation with the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has initiated an exemplary development process for the district. On the basis of a precise analysis of the existing buildings, the infrastructure and the green spaces, but also of the residents, an interdisciplinary team from architecture, city planning, traffic planning and landscape architecture, with the participation of external experts and residents, has developed future visions for the settlement. The aim was to preserve the district's qualities and at the same time strengthen community life in the Neue Vahr as a city of the 21st century, where affordable living in a healthy, green environment remains possible.

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COBE Berlin and Studio Sörensen are one of three teams chosen for the workshop procedures of the legendary Haus der Statistik. The process will be complemented by a series of workshops with experts and citizens. 


Haus der Statistik is a pilot project which, by means of new cooperations and a broad participation of the urban society in the growing Berlin, will create additional space for the administration, a new city hall for the district of Berlin-Mitte, a mixed-inclusive space programme for education, culture and social affairs as well as more affordable living space.


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On August 2nd, 2018, the three-day exhibition on the urban development workshop Checkpoint Charlie will open with a vernissage.

The exhibition presents the final designs of the seven participating architectural offices to the public. Outstanding urban concepts were sought which plausibly locate the coordinated space requirements, consistently integrate the various uses (hotel, residential, retail, offices, tourism) into one another and into the urban space and interpret the historical significance and symbolism of the location powerfully and independently.

During the exhibition, which runs from 02.08. to 04.08., comments and remarks on the drafts can be made, which will be incorporated into the further procedure.

On August 6th, the senior panel of experts will decide on the drafts; the result will form the basis for the development plan 1-98 currently being drawn up. 


When:Opening Thursday, 2 August, 17:00 - 20:00

Friday, August 3, 17:00 - 20:00

Saturday, August 4, 12:00 - 20:00

Where: Zimmerstraße 92-94 (shell of Charlie Living)

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COBE Berlin has been commissioned to develop the high-rise guidelines (Hochhausleitbild) for the city of Berlin. 


In the next year, under the leadership of COBE Berlin with C4C, a team of experts from Climate and Energy Transsolar, Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (TUBS) and Institute of Architectural Economics and Organization (TU Köln) with consulting by Mafeu Real Estate Consulting,  Prof. Dr. Bernhard Friedrich and Dr. Carl-Stephan Schweer, will analyse the current high-rise situation and will develop a coherent and resilient strategy for future high-rise development and its guidelines.


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Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia 2018

22/06/18 | 15.00-18.30 | Lectures + Discussions @ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Klosterstraße 50, Berlin | Keynote: Renate Künast

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow participates in the panel: “How to develop hybrid urban typologies merging nature with the city?”


Green spaces are essential for the quality of life, wellbeing, and health of urban populations.Today, the focus on and interest in green urban spaces is increasing thanks to initiatives working toward Healthy Cities, environmental justice, food security, and strengthening local communities.

Current issues such as climate change, the rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating ecological concerns urge us to reconsider our relation to nature. Facing the challenges of the Urban Age, we rethink the juxtaposition of nature versus artifact by integrating plant material in our architectural surroundings, merging nature with the built environment.

This urgency to incorporate nature in urban settings creates a huge potential for innovation in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. In the convergence of architecture and nature, new hybrid urban typologies and architectural solutions emerge. Know-how is quickly developing, and technologies—for example, in urban agricultural production—are rapidly evolving.

More information: Embassy Lab...

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Mobilität in der Stadt: Welche Visionen brauchen wir für die Zukunft?

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow im Gespräch
Live in der Deutschlandfunk Länderzeit am 4.4.2018 von 10.10 Uhr bis 11.30 Uhr


Gesundheitsgefährdende Umweltbelastungen, drohende Fahrverbote, Großstädte vor dem Verkehrskollaps: Unsere Mobilität in den städtischen Ballungsräumen steckt in einer Sackgasse. Doch wo sind die Alternativen?


Derzeit diskutiert wird über kostenfreie Busse und Bahnen, über mehr Platz für Radfahrer, Elektromobilität und autonomes Fahren. Sieht so die Zukunft einer städtischen Mobilität aus?

Oder müssen wir über ganz andere Modelle nachdenken, die auf Verkehrsvermeidung setzen, auch weil Arbeiten und Wohnen immer mehr zusammenwachsen? Doch wer kann sich die Vision einer 5-Minuten-Stadt leisten, in der alle Bereiche des Lebens in wenigen Minuten erreichbar sind?


Als Gäste eingeladen sind:

Prof. Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Architektin und Stadtplanerin, Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU an der Technische Universität Braunschweig / Department Architektur Technische Universität Braunschweig

Anne Luise Müller, Städtebauarchitektin und Leiterin des Stadtplanungsamtes Köln, Deutschland

Winfried Hermann, Minister für Verkehr des Landes Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Heinrich Strößenreuther, Geschäftsführer der Agentur für...

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Vanessa Miriam Carlow is participating in the Falling Walls Conference Berlin 2017 -The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.

In the section Breaking the Wall to Liveable Cities Edgar Pieterse, director at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Capetown, will discuss the question "How Urban Studies Envision the New Era of the Metropolis?"


Date: Thursday November 9th, 2017 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM / 4.45 PM


Location: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstrasse 33, 10243 Berlin (by registration only)



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COBE Berlin, in cooperation with bgmr and ARGUS is commissioned to develop the urban development model of Neue Vahr, Bremen.

Through diversely themed workshops, the interdisciplinary planning team will present a vision for the future development of Neue Vahr in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Planning teams will be provided based on the research results from vhw which conducted focus groups, interviews and surveys. A participatory process will help to include the knowledge and preferences of the city’s citizens, administration and companies.
Throughout the workshops, topics regarding integration, traffic, landscape, typology and the definition of neighborhoods will be challenged and answered.

The project is commissioned by GEWOBA in collaboration with Prof. Katja-Annika Pahl, Dr. Thomas Kuder (vhw) and the Bremen Senate (Der Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr - Bau).

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RURALISM: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World

Edited by Vanessa Miriam Carlow


Book presentation and discussion with:

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow (Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig)

Doris Kleilein (Bauwelt)

Dirk Neumann (Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig)

Prof. Christiane Sörensen (Landschaftsarchitektur, HCU Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Eckart Voigts (Englisches Seminar, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften, TU Braunschweig)


We cordially invite you to join us in dialogue about the city and the country and discover (new) visions of rurality.


Date: Monday April 03, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Location: Pro qm, Almstadtstraße 48, 10119 Berlin


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