Urban Intervention

Growing Apart 2.0


Project Team // Aldo Marrussero / Carolina Garcia Ruggiero / Ceyhun Ruhisu Altiok / Juan Camilo Silva / Pablo Fernández




Upcoming in 2017

This project is based on the outcome of the project Urban Visions – Growing Apart. Currently we are looking for funding opportunities that allow the continuation of the project development.



The project focuses on growth in the context of the city, more specifically on the conflict that might arise from the phenomena of growth. In this sense, the situation of growing apart was identified as a process of growth with decreasing levels of interaction among different parts of the city. In the last decades, growth in metropolitan areas as demographic and physical has been exponential, which also implies structural changes. When the urban system is failing to adjust to the changed structures, the phenomena of growing apart can be detected.


The problem of growing apart was examined on three case studies including the cities of Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Berlin. In each city we did so by analysing the process of growing apart [1st level], then identifying spaces of opportunity for intervention [2nd level] and going one step further, we created reflections [3rd level] that are envisioning the process of growing apart through the use of alternative scenarios.

As a final conclusion, the process of mapping, analysing and envisioning offers a new perspective on the complexity of human interaction in the context of multidimensional urban growth.


Having identified spaces of opportunity within the mentioned cities, a next step of further development will elaborate the project. Here, two direction of development are possible:

  1. Qualitative development: As a next step, the focus lies on the evolution of the urban visions. The process outcome of the first part of mapping, analysing and envisioning determines the starting point of the second part of designing, prototyping and testing the developed scenarios in a specific urban context. Here, the emphasis lies on an interdisciplinary approach by taking inspiration from social & human sciences, economics, natural sciences and the creative disciplines in order to create a project that blurs the boundaries between architecture, urbanism and strategic design.
  2. Quantitative development: Alternatively, the topic will expand into a global context by transferring the strategy of analysing, identifying and envisioning to further cities in order to address the issue of growing apart. This expansion allows a collection of various urban scenarios and thus enables the comparison of concepts and the exchange of solutions.