# mm+ | echaz auen – urban planning

Echaz Auen – Urban Planning

Pfullingen/Germany/2016 – 2017

Starting Point: Open Society

Increased mobility in a globalized working environment leads, among other factors like climate and migration, in some urban and rural regions to shrinking communities, while others suffer from housing shortage. The single household as the most common type in Germany increases this unequal development. New ways of living and working as well as movement patterns across all ages and classes correlate with novel forms of communication and increasingly blurring identities. Digital networks do not only enable the choice of « role models » but also promote alternative economic forms (shareconomy). At the same time international economic dependencies intensify. Solutions for efficient and sustainable mobility and the creation of sufficient affordable living space in agglomerations are substantial challenges in our days. For the concept none of these phenomena was to be considered separately, but always as a network of interdependencies. Echaz Auen provides a unique opportunity.

For this project we do not want to reinvent the wheel but bring together tested models of urban planning as well as existing socio-philosophic and urban sociologic approaches and establish new connections of the latter. We want to learn by means of examples and analysis of existing facts, rather than generating authoritative utopias without context. Open-mindedness for new things and focus on the existing - we call this utopian pragmatism. Living in this world also means to understand the surrounding reality of life and to assume social interpretive approaches. With this in mind Echaz Auen is to offer an environment that allows for freedom in thinking and action.

We are not concerned about the compression of living space but about the concentration of features that adapt to the changing needs of the Echaz Auen residents. The concept suggests architectural structures and sequences that create spaces of various possibilities rather than fixed living and work units. The residents’ independence and innovative conduct and lifestyle can only develop when people are able to create rewarding and stimulating living spaces. Our approach envisages structures that are open for new tales.