Studio Arrival City

The Offenbach Exchange - Chris Cooper
The Offenbach Exchange - Chris Cooper
Offenbach Exchange - Chris Cooper
Offenbach Exchange - Chris Cooper
Offenbach's Living Streets - Josh Molnar
Offenbach's Living Streets - Josh Molnar
The Offenbach Block - John Bacon
The Offenbach Block - John Bacon
Breaking Bread - Helen Berg
Breaking Bread - Helen Berg
Breaking Bread - Helen Berg
Breaking Bread - Helen Berg
Home of Many Worlds - Hannah Pether
Home of Many Worlds - Hannah Pether
Home of Many Worlds - Hannah Pether
Home of Many Worlds - Hannah Pether
Project date
06.07.2017
Type
  • Architecture
  • Research
Location
International
Clients
Sheffield School of Architecture
Associated team members
Associated documents

This year John's MArch studio at Sheffield School of Architecture was based in Offenbach, Germany and explored the concept of Arrival Cities.

“A great and final shift of global population is upon us. We will end the century as a wholly urban species.”Habitat III, Sanders, D

Seen by many in the West as a threat, this rural to urban migration will have profound implications on the lives and well-being of the migrants and the geopolitical landscape. To explore the effect that mass migration and urbanisation is having on our cities, our studio focused on the notion of the Arrival City. Operating as transitional spaces for those entering the city, Arrival Cities in the words of Doug Sanders (author of Arrival City),  are the places where the next great economic and cultural boom will be born. Arrival was the key theme of the 2016 German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial; Making Heimat – an Arrival Country. The exhibition identified Offenbach-am-Main as a prototype Arrival City. Historically seen as the poor neighbour to Frankfurt to its west, the messy urban blocks that form the fabric of Offenbach sit in stark contrast to the looming presence of the European Central Bank over the river. Full of life, ringed with shops and cafes below apartments housing a wide range of people, the urban blocks of Offenbach support a rich mix of urban life that have enabled an Arrival City to take hold.

 

To view the work of the students please visit the studio website at https://studioarrivalcity.wordpress.com/