On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of city relations between Berlin and Beijing our CITYMAKERS-team developed a new framework for Sino-German twin cities to further learn and innovate for liveable city making.
After several stays in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen), Silvan graduated in Urbanistik at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with his documentary ADDIS ABABA – CHINESE NEW FLOWER on China’s investments in Ethiopia. In Weimar, he co-initiated the artistic-urbanistic collective Raumstation Weimar, Berlin, Vienna in 2013. His M.A. degree video-essay ZEIT ZU GEHEN on the topic of a car-free future was produced within the Social Design Arts as Urban Innovation Studio at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts.
Silvan is part of CITYMAKERS’ core-team since 2016. He is also an editor of Goethe-Institut China yì magazìn.
What does CITYMAKERS China-Europe mean to you?
Silvan Hagenbrock: “CITYMAKERS is not about building bridges between cultures. It’s about a (virtual) sphere where the supposedly “other” becomes a little more familiar.”
What drives you with regard to city making?
“What drives me is using video as a medium to communicate and mediate topics between Peking and Berlin.”