Exhibition Raumortpraxis 2022
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From 24.09.2022 to 12.03.2023
the exhibition of Hoidn Wang Partner
Raumortpraxis - Impulses for new life designs
Ideas for the Lower Rhine Bay will be displayed in the
Siza Pavilion at the Rocket Station Foundation Insel Hombroich Neuss


The exhibition ties in with the competition entry by Hoidn Wang Partner from 2020 in the urban planning competition Model Region Berlin Brandenburg 2070.
Using a similar methodology, possible living models for the Lower Rhine Bight after the end of open-cast lignite mining are investigated. Concrete circular economies are proposed that change everyday life in a sustainable and forward-looking way, from the regional planning level to the architectural level to furniture construction.

Spatial development of new lifestyles
Alternatives to the growth of metropolises, cities and rural areas
Industrialization, expansive colonialism and the unlimited metropolis celebrated their successes at the end of the 19th century. Urban planning implemented economic growth in an integrative and holistic manner. Cities were surrounded by small-scale agriculture and nature.
The 20th century marked the end of this complex urban planning. The simplistic concepts of functional separation and car-oriented cities enabled the opportunistic spread of shapeless settlement structures. The city of the 19th century was declared to be the place of origin of negative social experiences. In contrast, individual life in a single-family house on the outskirts of the city was the ideal of the postwar consumer society.
In the 21st century, the contradictions of both growth models must be resolved and transferred to an ecologically justifiable future. Strengthening local and regional circular economies will enable people in the post-industrial and de-globalizing society to work locally, whether in home offices, revitalized production methods, in conjunction with new networks of residents, or small-scale agriculture. The new ways of life will also be reflected in the forms of settlement.
At the same time, however, the legacies of industrialization - of contaminated soils, lowered water tables, industrial wastelands - must be cleaned up, renaturalized and reshaped with the same scale ambition that large-scale industry had previously undertaken.
How can the remaining fragments of landscape between the industrial estates, the highways, open-cast mines and the built heritage be reinterpreted and redesigned, reused and incorporated into a convincing regional plan, thus closing a chapter of the consumer society?
The indispensable need to respond to climate change requires new forms of energy production, food production, mobility, and forms of settlement. The competition for intelligent and sustainable use of the remaining land has just begun. Spatial planning coordination and large-scale planning as well as rethinking the status quo of building land development are the challenges ahead. Integrative and interdisciplinary urban planning is needed again.
The simple separation of functions, classical living and daily commuting were phenomena of the late 20th century. The changes ahead will be comprehensive, complex, and regionally diverse. Every soil, every place, every region is unique, a binary that industrialization ignored.
New ways of life will only connect with local conditions in a sustainable way if they anticipate the effects of climate change. Pilot projects could radiate from Hombroich, from the Erft, from the Lower Rhine Bay, providing important impulses in the transformation process and demonstrating possibilities for change as curated pioneers.

Exhibition design
Hanna Fastrich, Sabine Hahn, Barbara Hoidn, Daniela Schaffarczyk, Wilfried Wang, Ania Wilk-Pham

Kristina Baierl, Kevin Choi, Anna Fruh, Barbara Hoidn, Wilfried Wang, Hoidn Wang Partners;
Aron Bohmann, Abdulrahmen Helal, Paul Rogers, BuroHappold Berlin; Chen Feng,
The University of Texas at Austin

Exhibition construction
Hombroich Island Foundation

Heimspiel film by Julia Groteclaes, 2021
Space Place Lab, film by Dietrich Leube, 2005.
Hoidn Wang Partner, film by Paul Rolfs, 2022
Berlin 2020, Oswaldo D“az Medina, 2020

Bamboo furniture construction
Majo Ertel

Model making
Javier Viana Malo, Wilfried Wang

Recycled bricks
Leipfinger Bader Firmengruppe

Board printing
Schemitzek and Herrig