The negotiation over scarce resources and the requirements for space in the urban realm is an increasingly important theme in compact cities. Recognising that our role as architects and planners lies not only in the distribution of these resources, but especially in the facilitation of a collaborative approach to this discussion, a team of nine practitioners from Allies and Morrison was invited to participate in BuroHappold’s Sharing City research trip in Berlin from 5 to 7 October 2018.

Together with a group from Henning Larsen, they explored propositions for the Sharing City through lectures, tours and discussions. Our group provided an opening lecture on emerging trends in inclusive cities. During a design sprint that focused on public spaces, commercial and creative industries and cultural uses, the group then visited places such as the East Side Gallery, Tempelhofer Feld, Museumsinsel and Gleisdreieckpark.

The structure of the field trip reflected on how urban design requires a collaborative approach, one in which the many ways of seeing and experiencing the city inform the process. It also offered the opportunity for architects and designers from Allies and Morrison to work collaboratively in an open and free environment with engineering colleagues from BuroHappold.

BuroHappold’s the Sharing City 2018, Allies and Morrison participants: Simon Gathercole, Diego Grinberg, Silvia Asuni, Andrea Ruffilli, Nerea Arranbarri, James Woodall, Jane Hakes, Alex Wharfe and Lionel Eid.