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Shrinkage: Berlin vs. Cottbus

Project: Mina Beč, Bartosz Sliwecki, John Flynn, Selin Ciftci, Héctor Riuz Vizcaino


Ernst-Thamannpark (Bezirk Pankow,Prenzlauer Berg), Development Area

This area was destroyed completely in the second world war process. After war, some social houses are built. Nowadays, these social houses' users can spend time socially around the houses in green spaces with their children and pets easily. But the demands of new apartments in Berlin for each year(10.000) are considered, it is clear the housing requirements of the area couldn't be solved yet. Today, this area has more than green spaces than it has never haven before. Although the amount of green spaces, it is hard to say that all of them are useful and safety green areas. According to this, the area can be planned as a social housing plan which includes more useful and planned green areas and meets the housing requirements.

Positives: Green Places , Social Family Area

Negatives: Unsafety Green Places , Incommodious Green Spaces , Low Residential Area, Low relation with surrounding.

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung (Senate Department for Urban Development)

Berlin growth and growth without control

130k habitants more, 10k departments per year and they are just numbers, but they mean that there is a dramatically high necessity of new constructions. Not only residential, if not facilities too. Front this situation, Berlin has desolated spaces. Only a few, but really interesting. These holes in the urban fabric must be worked for giving cohesion for the city under a process of construction which rhythm depends on different causes, economics and also socials. Moreover, new houses that will be projected will have to be social residence in order to generate economic departments but not less

Comfortable than a normal one. To this situation, we have to add spaces with pre-existence that the city can’t lose, that are part of its history and that are potential aspects for the new and bigger Berlin.

Deutsches Architekturzentrum (Urban Living exhibition)

Main Ideas from the exhibition worth exploring:

· Hybrid - use and diversity foster resilient urban environments

· Save costs by rethinking : construction standards / circulation / shared spaces

· quality green, open and community-shared places vitalize neighbourhoods

· collaborative projects facilitate social acceptance and interaction

· enable shared spaces , ecological building standards and life-styles for added value

· Participation and self-initiative give a sense of identification and responsibility

· Activate urban potential with intelligent programming

Alt- Lichenberg (Vietnamese Market Area)

Main impressions from the site:

Rundown buildings already from the street, boarded up windows, graffiti all over the buildings, no life in the buildings. 4 large hangars, very rough, very industrial, not exactly fit for the local area, or for the use as a shopping centre. Busy by weekend, asleep during weekdays. Trash collectors nearby, general awful smells coming from huts and shacks. Large glass warehouse near the shopping centre, maybe a place for future investment. The warehouse seems to have a kind of an attitude/soul to them.

Positive aspects: The market area is a place where the Vietnamese have met for years on out, and became a place for spending free time searching through the endless aisles of Vietnamese products. Locals and certain residents of Berlin already know the place as a good location for shopping. A fair show of the Vietnamese culture, altar placed by the entrance to the shopping area

Negative aspects: Rundown and very ugly surrounding area, with no intention of being improved/gentrified. Dangerous / poses a threat to the safety of local residents. Long distance from city centre.


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