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TSPA selected to participate in the planning workshops for Blankenburger Süden. Berlin Largest extension site

TSPA was selected as one of the teams that will form part of the cooperative workshop process in the development of Blankenburger Süden, Berlin largest urban expansion site. Starting in autumn 2019 and continuing until spring 2020,  four teams will develop as many different test designs as possible for the planned new city district. The resulting ideas and images will be used to develop a new structural and utilisation concept (so-called “Alternative D”) for the south of Blankenburg.

Our team is happy to be part of a cooperative workshop process in which teams create the test designs simultaneously. The workshop process is the third building block of the so-called laboratory phase. The first two building blocks of the laboratory phase are “Sharpening key objectives” and “Clarifying framework settings”.

The area to which the sketches will be tested is of around 150 hectares. It extends from the former location of the Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (FHTW) in the north to the approx. 90 ha core area – formerly a Rieselfeld, today arable land – to the Heinersdorf industrial estate in the south. In addition, the test designs will focus on the connection to the neighbouring neighbourhoods.

Some of the topics we will be discussing critically and creatively are: uses and functions, urban planning, open spaces and ecology, mobility and transport, and interdependencies with the neighbourhoods.

We are very happy to exchange ideas in this workshop with our salted collegues:
B+B
YelowZ
bgmr Landschaftsarchitekten
UmbauStadt
MLA+
Fugmann Janotta und Partner
CITYFOERSTER
Felixx Landscape  

Context

The south of Blankenburger Süden development is a response to the housing shortage in the state of Berlin located in what is still considered “a phantom” of green grounds and one of Pankow’s most rural regions. The 90 hectare core area projects to accommodate 5,000 to 6,000 apartments.

“Four teams of planners with a focus on urban development and landscape architecture will take part in the cooperative, urban planning workshop procedure. These four teams were selected via an EU-wide award procedure” explains Katrin Dietl, spokeswoman for the Senate Department for Urban Development (Schubert, 2019;Berliner Morgenpost).

In response to the housing shortage in the state of Berlin, the last legislative period prompted the search for suitable locations for housing construction throughout the entire Berlin city area. In spring 2016, the choice fell not only on ten further locations but also on the state-owned properties in the south of Blankenburg.

When the test drafts are available in spring 2020 – they should be as varied as possible and deliver concrete ideas and pictures – a draft can be derived from them which the Berlin House of Representatives will finally vote on.

Read more:

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen, “Kooperatives städtebauliches Werkstattverfahren” (2019)

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohne, “Blankenburger Süden Aktuelle Entwicklung” (2019)

Schubert, Thomas. “Ein „Klimawald“ für den Blankenburger Süden” ( 23.08.2019)

https://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/wohnen/wohnungsbau/blankenburger-sueden/de/werkstattverfahren.shtml 

Moscow Forum – City: The Details

Our colleague Filippo Imberti is heading to Moscow to participate as a speaker at the business forum and exhibition City: The Details (Город:Детали) and jury member at the relevant competition.
The forum is organised by the Government of Moscow City and will become part of the government program My District.
Filippo will present TSPA approach and case studies on urban spaces transformations.
Check out our Twitter and Instagram pages for more insights during the event!

Oppo

TSPA participated in the Opportunity Space design-build competition organised by the a Van Alen institute. The task was challenging multidisciplinary teams to propose a temporary, mobile structure that will support economic opportunity and social inclusion in Malmö, Sweden.

Our entry OPPO is an inflatable, helium filled balloon of translucent polyurethane, in the shape of a torus. Due to its lighter-than-air nature, it can float in the night sky of Malmö. During the day, when events take place, Oppo is lowered to the ground, and serves as a meeting space. The simplicity and visibility of the object are the reason to visit the site.

See the full project presentation on our projects page.

Bauwelt Cover Story on ‘Metropole Ruhr’

Bauwelt’s cover story features Thomas’ and Ali’s work on Germany’s Detroit – ‘Metropole Ruhr’. In Kiosks this Friday.

Netzwertstadt – Final Presentation for Metropole Ruhr Strategic Vision

Together with InD and BGMR, we’ll present our project ‘Netzwertstadt’, a strategic vision for the development of the Ruhrgebiet in Duisburg-Nord on 16 and 17 October as part of the 3rd future forum of the RVR.

See more on the site of the RVR.

Shortlisted as one of five Teams for ‘Metropole Ruhr’ Vision Competition

We were selected to take part in the ideas competition on a metropolitan vision of the Ruhr region in collaboration with bgmr and InD supported by a range of interdiciplinary consultants. We’ll will join the inception workshop on May 22nd-23rd 2013 in the SANAA Building of the Zeche Zollverein in Essen. The Ruhrgebiet – Germany’s former industrial and mining region – is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany and currently faces huge challenges due to tremendous demographic and economic transformations. A total of five competing interdisciplinary teams were selected that include design offices such as maxwan, studio urban catalyst, yellow Z, Reicher Haase architects, Kengo Kuma associates and West 8. Results are to be expected in October 2013. More info: Webpage Metropole Ruhr (in German).

Zentrale Landesbibliothek Berlin

Berlin Central Library & Neighbourhood Design Awarded

Uberbau (Urban Design) in collaboration with MARS (Architecture) and Treibhaus / Lavaland (Landscape) win one of eight equal prizes in the open international ideas competition ‘Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin’ for Berlin’s new central library and its adjoining city quarter. The new centre at the fringes of the projected city park on the Tempelhof airfield forms part of a larger urban regeneration scheme for the district, including a new quarter around the central library complete with a central city square. The urban design re-interprets the Berlin block and creates a permeable, non-directional public network of small public spaces organised through a mix of building types with a focus on flexible typologies for various uses and users. The library serves as a landmark that contrasts with the monumental wideness of the airfield. Concentrating the building mass into a compact cube frees up space for a public square for a variety of temporary and other uses such as community gardens. The design of the new central library achieves a highly efficient programme that can fulfil long-term logistical and practical demands.

Project documentation on competitionline
Official announcement of the senate of Berlin
Press article, Berliner Zeitung, 22 April 2013

presenting the red ribbon

Europan Germany Inception Forum

Thomas gives an input lecture during the Europan 12 Germany Inception Event, where he discusses the Europan theme ‘Eco Rhythms’ and presents the winning proposal for Europan 10 in Heidelberg.

See the winning project.

Al-Adhamiya Renewal Strategy awarded in Baghdad

Uberbau’s proposal for the urban renewal of the Al-Adhamiya area in Baghdad, Iraq, was last week awarded the third price in an official ceremony in the prime minister’s office. Thomas Stellmach presented the project which will be further developed in the next phase of the project.

ZiL Pioneer awarded in Moscow

Uberbau is selected as one of two finalists for the AMO-ZiL competition. Ali presented “ZIL Pioneer” to an international jury and to Deputy Mayor Andrei Sharonov in Moscow on Friday, March 2nd, 2012. The proposal suggests the transformation of the centrally located, 280ha industrial site into a pioneering urban centre for Moscow. Among other contributions by Dutch office Mecanoo, French office Valode & Pistre and Russian office Project Meganom, Uberbau and Project Meganom were selected to further develop their proposals and to present them to Moscow’s Mayor in the coming months.
Have a look at the project.