Art & Architecture

Topos Topos 96

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3 min.
tanja braemer, editor in chief

In a globalised world, infrastructure has become nothing less than a basic and inevitable need. Elaborate social, technological and traffic networks represent the actual manifestations of our increasingly interwoven lives. Consisting of systems of limbs and nodes that embody nations’, organisations’ and people’s multi-level interconnections across the globe, they are constantly growing. They represent the threedimensional fabric that infuses us with constant and diverse impulses. And these networks are more than ever before resources of immense power themselves. Without them, we are without any exaggeration, nothing. To refer to infrastructure as an underlying subsystem that functions as a means of transporting goods and opinions from A to B thus seems inadequate. Thinking of landscapes and cities, it is even more necessary to shift how we look upon infrastructural facilities, i.e. with…

14 min.
blurred lines – topos cities initiative in berlin

What makes urban space acessible? What are the keys to guaranteeing that residents and outside visitors alike will take ownership of it and use it? How can green infrastructure foster maximum openness of the public realm? And finally: what can technical innovations contribute to transform cities into truly integrative places? The forum “Connective Spaces”, hosted by Topos, the German architecture magazine Baumeister and lighting specialist Schreder, investigated these crucial questions, sparking lively debates between four participants from very different backgrounds: landscape architect Leonard Grosch (Atelier Loidl, Berlin), architect Jan Liesegang (Raumlabor, Berlin), academic expert Undine Giseke (Technical University Berlin) and Schreder top manager Ernst Smolka. One conclusion, however, they all agreed on: the success of future cities depends on the extent to which existing professions, more precisely the professionals who…

6 min.
a flow through copenhagen

Norreport Station is the busiest traffic terminal in Copenhagen, with more than 250,000 people passing through it every day. The station is geographically located between the old medieval city and the boroughs of Vesterbro, Norrebro and Osterbro, with borders reflected in the infrastructure of the Danish capital. Where the S-train line runs through the city, it marks the location of the old ramparts of Copenhagen; along these ramparts were several gates that served as entrances to the city, one of them being the northern gate, from which the name Norreport evolved. The station has, over time, transformed from one for local trains alone to the only central station with access to underground S-trains, regional trains, and the Metro, as well as an above-ground bus terminal. It had become a chaotic…

9 min.

Moving is essential to us for our reproduction, trade, and social exchange. The places where we live have usually originated at crossings of trade routes over water and over land, at mountain passes, around train stations, at fords or in deltas. All of these are natural or created meeting places, where it has been relatively easy to travel or where different routes converged. Our mobility these days is tremendous, and in order to be this mobile, we use many different infrastructures on a daily basis. We have a historically grown system of networks at our disposal. Our society is based on these global systems and networks of infrastructure – universal and generic in one respect, local and specific in another. By car, you can get to almost every address in…

10 min.
the idea of combinare

In 1882 the legendary Gotthard Railway Tunnel opened. Even today travel through the spiral tunnel on a train impressively shows how the Swiss opened up the Alpine region with this transport connection. The conquest of the Alps, which had taken Hannibal months to do in 218 BC and still took traders weeks before the tunnel, was now reduced to half a day thanks to the railway. A double track system, electrification and faster rolling stock resulted in a journey of four and a half hours by 1970. But not much else happened after this. In June of 2016, however, a leap in speed occurred: The Gotthard Base Tunnel was opened. And when the new Ceneri Base Tunnel is opened in 2020, an additional centennial project will have been completed. The…

7 min.
owned by the public

In 2002, the BNSF Logistics Park in Elwood, Illinois opened on the site of a decommissioned U.S. Army munitions plant. The freight yard and its adjacent Union Pacific port in Joliet now constitute the largest inland port in the United States. Just a year earlier and some 40 miles northeast, in Chicago, after decades of declining manufacturing in the area, Canadian Pacific ended all freight traffic on a nearly three-mile industrial corridor embedded in 19thcentury urban fabric. On June 6, 2015, this 17-foot-high raised embankment opened to the public as the 606, a park network comprising the 2.7-mile-long bike and running path known as the Bloomingdale Trail, four adjacent at-grade parks (with two more planned), and 12 access points. The project resulted from a planning and design process that involved…