Oasis Urbano is an intercultural and multidisciplinary collective that facilitates the co-production of common spaces and liveable cities

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Moravia manifesto
In view of rapidly progressing urbanization worldwide, informal settlements, especially in the cities of the global south must be a focus of our attention - because in the future, the majority of new city inhabitants will settle in these unplanned extensions of urban centers. The tools and methods of conventional urban planning have so far been unable to tackle this phenomenon. New approaches, combining top-down planning and bottom-up initiatives to create sustainable and viable living environments, are required.

The Moravia Manifesto presents alternative planning approaches put forward by the international think-and-do tank Urban Lab Medellín Berlin, developed alongside local participants from the Moravia informal settlement at the heart of the Colombian metropolis Medellín. This new planning approach is contextualized by essays and international case studies. The urban coding planning approach demonstrates new ways in which planning, politics, economy, and administration can initiate and implement innovative and inclusive urban transformation processes together with local communities.

Jovis Publishers Berlin, 2018
English/Spanish, Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 344 pages

Edited by Moritz Ahlert, Maximilian Becker,  Albert Kreisel, Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Tobias Schrammek

Illustrations by Dubian Monsalve

Design and setting by Ondine Pannet, Lisa Pflästerer, Lisa Petersen (Bureau Est)

With contributions by Christian Burkhard, Daniel Carvalho, Sónia Dias, Alejandro Echeverri, Lucia Fernandez, David Gouverneur, Kim Annaluz Gundlach, Rupali Gupte, Juliana Gutiérrez, Daniel Heuermann, Cielo María Holguín Ramirez, Florian Koehl, Taibat Lawanson, Daniela Maturana, Timothy Nubi, Basirat Oyalowo, Jochen Rabe, Juan Manuel Restrepo, Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Prasad Shetty

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Oasis Urbano co-produces inclusive strategies for holistic neighborhood transformations. We understand informal urban settlements not as a problem but as an essential part of the solution for the most pressing challenges that cities are facing today and in the future. We connect local communities with academia, civil and cultural organizations, businesses and public decision makers to exchange knowledge and experiences. In multidisciplinary, intercultural urban labs, these diverse stakeholders meet on site to discuss, design, build and have fun together. These collective experiences build trust and prove the potential of co-production in open outcome design processes with surprising results. By finding common languages, we bridge the gap between bottom-up initiatives and top-down planning, and enable the co-creation of a city worth living for all of its habitants.
The idea for Oasis Urbano arose out of friendships between Medellín and Berlin. Rooted in the Colombian informal neighborhood of Moravia, the project has steadily expanded with a spirit of intercultural collaboration and unity, reaching other places and communities across Latin America, Europe and beyond. In Moravia we learned how to facilitate processes of urban co-production together with local actor networks and urban stakeholders. Our principles and methods have proven their potential to negotiate and create liveable and inclusive public spaces, not only in Moravia and similar informal contexts, but also in the formally designed city. If you want to learn more about the fascinating microcosm of Moravia, check out the documentary Sesiones Tropicales and our book Moravia Manifesto, and don‘t hesitate to contact us!
We are a dynamic team that works across continents and disciplines, united in passion for inclusive spaces that trigger human interaction. Around the core of Cielo, Nina, Max, Albert, Tobias and Dubian, our tribe of committed and talented people from Medellín and Berlin is made of community leaders, architects, artists, activists, designers, scientists, builders and storytellers: Cleyda, Elsy, Ana, Alejo, Juliana, Karl, Matt, Moritz, Angie, Nasim, Lina, Diego, Laura, Deivy, Pino, Novio, Amira, Roberto and Julian, and countless supportive volunteers.
Team Oasis Urbano
Cleyda Murillo
Elsy Torreglosa
Roberto Rodelo
Karl Becker
Matthew Crabbe & Moritz Ahlert
Ana María Betancur
Alejandro Arteaga
Juliana Gutierrez & Julian Gonzalez
Angela Holguín & Nasim Djahandoust
Diego Ortiz & Lina Tobón
Laura Zapata & Deivy Moreno
Cleyda Murillo & Novio
Pino el Bardo
Cielo María Holguín Ramírez is a community leader from Medellín. Born and raised in Moravia, she combines the empiric local knowledge with skills acquired in her studies, currently as a scholar in the masters program for ‘urban and environmental studies’ at Eafit Urbam. Cielo is the soul of our team and the project. She doesn't know yet, but she is a self-made guru. Cielo has an irresistibly contagious smile and a rebel dog named Luna.

Maximilian Becker
is an architect from Berlin. After his first encounter with Moravia in 2013 he spent two years studying in Santiago de Chile. Back in Berlin he initiated the Urban Lab Medellín Berlin together with Albert and Tobias and has been working on the project ever since. Max is the mastermind of our team. He stays calm and relaxed in almost every circumstance and usually carries a camera to catch good memories.

Albert Kreisel is an architect from Berlin. He got the most vital part of his education traveling across Latin America, and has worked in NGOs in Mexico and Colombia. In 2013 Moravia became his point of departure to build this project together with Max and Tobias. Albert is the heart of our team. The optimistic dreamer speaks everybody´s language, is always in movement and brings good people together.

Dr. Nina Pawlicki has been a teaching associate at Habitat Unit & Natural Building Lab, TU Berlin since 2013 and a guest professor at BaseHabitat UfG Linz. She focuses on actor-driven processes in the design of social spaces via the DesignBuild methodology. Nina is our travel guide and mission control. She keeps us on track, connects all the dots and takes good care of everybody so no one gets lost.

Dubian Monsalve is an artist from Medellin. For six years he was teaching at the Cultural Center Moravia. He closely works with communities, focussing on local identities and natural roots. He is the illustrator of the Moravia Manifesto and the artistic leader of our team. Dubian is the team´s poet. His philosophic reflections transcend every project we realize and his great sense of humor adds yet an extra colour range.

Tobias Schrammek is an architect from Berlin. He also studied in São Paulo, worked in several architecture offices in Berlin and is a research associate of Professor Rainer Hehl at TU Berlin. Together with Albert and Max he came to Moravia in 2013 and founded the project. Tobias is our real archi nerd. A critical mind with unswerving passion and patience, he just loves buildings and draws his great ideas with fine lines.
Get in touch
Fundación Oasis Urbano
Carrera 53 #79-23
Medellín, Colombia

Oasis Urbano e.V.
Potsdamer Straße 130A
10783 Berlin


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