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IRI THESys Walkshop on Urban Infrastructure

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin – Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems | Timothy Moss, Pauline Münch, Anna Frohn Pedersen

A dynamic audio tour along the pre-1920 border of berlin will get you out of the seminar room, into the fresh air and inspired by real-life experiences!

The Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) has created a guided audio tour to take you along the pre-1920 border of Berlin to explore the past, present and future of the city through the lens of urban infrastructure.

Narrated by IRI THESys Member Prof. Dr. Timothy Moss, you will visit five exciting examples of infrastructure systems which have shaped the city since its creation 100 years ago. The tour will highlight how Berlin’s energy and water infrastructure systems were used as a tool for urban expansion, unification, and modernization in the 1920s. The tour will also show how infrastructure can be relevant to current-day efforts to render energy and water systems more flexible, environmentally sustainable, socially just, and politically accountable. Timothy will reference his brand- new book ‘Remaking Berlin. A History of the City through Infrastructure, 1920-2020’ (MIT Press) which examines the city’s turbulent history through its often invisible water and energy infrastructures. The tour will begin in Moabit, end in the Mierendorffkiez and stops will include a former wastewater pumping station, the Charlottenburg power station, a street water pump, a former gas works and an allotment garden.

The IRI THESys Walkshop on Urban Infrastructure can be viewed and explored on laptops and PCs, as well as downloaded on any smartphone through the free app izi.TRAVEL-  a platform with audio tours to over 350 destinations around the world.

DIGTIAL AUDIO GUIDE.

You can follow the Walkshop in your own time on an interactive map. It will highlight the five urban infrastructure facilities discussed on the Walkshop with links to audio or video material explaining the significance of these sites for Berlin’s past and present. On 8 November, you get access via a link to download the guide.

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Timothy Moss

IRI THESys, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Senior Researcher

Timothy Moss is Senior Researcher at IRI THESys, where he leads the research group Urban Infrastructures and Human-Environment Relations. He is also Honorary Professor at the Leibniz University Hannover. Tim’s research is distinctive for connecting historical studies of infrastructure with contemporary debates on sociotechnical and urban transitions. His latest book, Remaking Berlin. A History of the City through Infrastructure, 1920-2020, is published in September 2020 by MIT Press.

Pauline Münch

IRI THESys, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Science Communication Officer

Pauline Münch holds a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and an MSc. in Food Security from the University of Edinburgh. Studying these fields sparked her interest to link interdisciplinary research with creative forms of communication. In the past, she has used visual, written and audio mediums to communicate diverse scientific topics. She is currently responsible for press and public relations, as well as participative and innovative formats of knowledge exchange at IRI THESys.

Anna Frohn Pedersen

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Doctoral Candidate at IRI-THESys

Anna Frohn Pedersen is a doctoral candidate at IRI-THESys. Her research explores the global-local entanglements within the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, and its implications for the development of sustainable livelihoods. The research is situated between anthropology and human geography and engages an ethnographic methodology.

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