On the Way to an International Building Exhibition (IBA) for the Metropolitan Region of Berlin and Brandenburg
The State of Berlin intends to initiate an International Building Exhibition and to develop a concept for this special format of urban and regional development in the metropolitan region together with various partners from the city and the region.
The Spinelli FreiRaumLab is developing a new social and green centre at the interface between the old-settled district of Käfertal and the new Spinelli neighbourhood in an experimental process under the technical and conceptual guidance of Sally Below.
With independence in the mid-20th century, the appearance of many cities in Southeast Asia changed. Hand in hand with the task of constituting themselves as a nation was the desire for a symbolic new beginning in architecture and urban planning.
An international project on postcolonial moderism
Linking urban development with sustainability
Since summer 2016, Sally Below has been advising the City of Mannheim on project development for the re-launch of the Multihalle, which was built in 1975 for the Federal Garden Show in Mannheim by the architects Frei Otto and Carlfried Mutschler.
The Berlin federal highway or Autobahn 106 (abbreviation: A106) was originally included in Berlin’s land use plan as a southern bypass leading from Schöneberg via Kreuzberg and Alt-Treptow to Köpenick. It was intended to intersect with another autobahn, the A102, at Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg.
The Multihalle, designed by architects Frei Otto and Carlfried Mutschler as a temporary building for the 1975 Federal Garden Show in Mannheim, was never demolished due to its architectural significance and continued to be used until a few years ago.
For its 50th anniversary, the entire Märkisches Viertel housing estate and urban quarter in Berlin was turned into an exhibition.
In the late 1990s, Sally Below was one of the initiators of the Temporary Gardens. You wrote at the time: "Gardens and landscapes are ideas, they arise as images in the mind. The Temporary Gardens play with these images.
The city of Mannheim is currently developing an extensive landscape park on vacated inner-city conversion sites that will connect city districts and thus bring more nature and quality of life into the city in the long term.
International building exhibitions (IBA) are an urban development format that Sally Below is constantly working on.
The proposal Sally Below made to the City of Munich as part of a call for entries was an experiment: OPEN SCAL - a competition for the submission of forward-looking ideas for Munich without any specifications in terms of theme or scale.
The city of Schwedt/Oder is suffering from the exodus of its youth. Such structural problems can only be tackled by activating the existing forces. In 2015, the Schwedt-Labor was meant to give new impulses and initiate constellations between young people and local club makers.
Sally Below was part of several German Architecture Biennale teams: in Sao Paulo in 2007 with the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and in 2009 with IBA Hamburg; and in Venice in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2014 with various partners.
For over twenty years, more than 300 hectares of former military land in Munich have been developed into new urban quarters. The 2013 annual exhibition of the city planning office showed the transformation process and gave an outlook on future developments.
Anyone arriving by regional train at Dessau main station has to decide: to the city centre or to the university and Bauhaus campus? The city spaces are separated by railway facilities.
ith a view to international building exhibitions and other major events, Sally Below asks herself: Do we need planned states of emergency to be able to go new ways? What we should be aiming for are alliances of many contributors who continuously shape the city - as a normal state.
Together with architect Volker Halbach from blauraum, Sally Below developed an unusual concept for the transformation of a Kreuzberg factory floor into a multifunctional space.
STADT ALS CAMPUS is a network of city makers and universities with local actors from very different fields and aims at a self-dynamic urban development in partnerships between science, administration, culture, economy, housing industry and initiatives.
Water is the resource of the 21st century, and rivers are an important part of our ecosystem. Sally Below worked with landscape architect Ralf Steeg for nine years in an initiative to clean up the Stadtspree.