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TSPA Newsletter: 20 out of 20

Greetings from TSPA!

We are very happy to start the end of the decade busy with very exciting projects and a growing team. We started this year feeling  20/20.

Whether in Germany or overseas TSPA explored all of its capacities building climate resiliency, thinking of sustainable solutions, designing the neighbourhoods of the future and planning for all. We are looking forward to continue doing so in 2020.

Endeavours around the world

While this year we developed projects in Germany, our international work is still ongoing and at full steam in Mozambique, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Decentralisation in the making

After Mozambique undertook a massive decentralisation process from its capital city in Maputo, TSPA teamed up to provide local governments of 5 different cities in the production of long term development strategies for the local municipalities, providing them with a sustainable framework for the future. 

Some of the biggest learning outcomes of this project were the capabilities to collect data in a new context exploring analysis by drone, heat-sensing technologies, and other new techniques for mapping and analysing informal settlements all-together while developing a vision together with municipality authorities and local citizens through consensus.

Redefining sustainability patterns

Indonesia, with its many coastal communities, undeveloped water infrastructure, and high urban climates strives in the ecological and social sustainable development.

This 2019 TSPA continued to be part of the team which developed a feasibility study and established a national framework for sustainable development patterns Indonesia Ecodistrict Programme at the neighbourhood level with ecodistricts pilot projects in the cities of Yogyakarta, Semarang and Wonosobo. This year the project held three on site workshops that helped our team to define what an Ecodistict is and how can it be shared and communicated under a clear narrative. This project had one goal in mind: embracing local contexts, cultures and communities in the making of guidelines for sustainable urban development.

Building Climate Resiliency

TSPA partnered up with UN-Habitat, the Republic of the Philippines Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, in a project founded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) part of The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, to contribute in the Philippines with the project “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs” in which we made recommendations climate change adaptation through the promotion of climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs in the cities of: Legazpi, Angeles, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro and Ormoc.

Local endeavours

As a great balance with TSPA’s international portfolio, this past year we worked in local projects with three German cities including our home, Berlin. These projects are either kicking off or already in full swing.

 

A neighbourhood of the 22nd century

We are happy to share that this autumn we were selected to be part of the teams who will develop test designs for the new city district of Blankenburger Süden, an area in the north east of our hometown, Berlin. Through a cooperative workshop process we have been able to build a collaborative master plan in which we will rethink how to develop the largest redevelopments in the region and take into consideration the interests of governmental institutions, stakeholders and inhabitants in the transformation of this green land into a neighbourhood of the 22nd century. One that is inclusive, sustainable, lively and connected.

Toilets for all

Given the lack of information on the current situation of public toilets and the increasing demand for additional facilities, the City of Düsseldorf asked TSPA to develop a city-wide strategy for the supply of public toilets. The goals are to identify possible locations for new public toilets as well as to come up with general toilet standards based on the principles of sustainability, accessibility and multifunctionality for all groups of users.
This ongoing project has given us insight into the real impact of public toilets on the city and its residents, and has taught us a range of new skills and methods for dealing with a large amount of unstructured data from various stakeholders.

 Visualising Chemnitz 2040

As part of the City of Chemnitz’s aim to plan for the future, we teamed up with Zebralog to support the City  in the development of a city-wide strategy. TSPA contributes its knowledge of strategic urban planning and spatial mapping and visualisation to a participatory process which involves both the city administration and the public as well as key stakeholders. Through a series of workshops and interactions we help define  the city’s overarching goals and vision for the year 2040 and prototype them in areas in which they should take immediate effect.


Who (k)new

This year we welcome seven new international team members Alessandra Sammartino (IT), Alexandra Katasonova -not pictured- (RU), Christina Krampokouki (GR), Jan Cyganski (GER), Janin Walter (GER), Natalia Perez-Bobadilla (MEX) and Sophie Leemans (BE).

TSPA is excited for the projects and knowledge 2020 will bring, thank you for following our work.

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Consortium team with the Municipality in Wonosobo

Indonesia Ecodistrict Programme

Exciting updates about the TSPA Indonesian adventure!

Recently, part of our team flew from Berlin all the way to Indonesia to carry on another step of the inclusive process that is having place in the amazing context of Java Island. The ambitious goal is working together, with international partners and local experts, to define sustainable and shared ways to deal with the multiple issues that the Indonesian cities are facing. Currently, back in Berlin, we are finalising the outputs of the path started on field, paving the way for the future phases. But, let’s take a step back…

In November 2018, TSPA was actively involved into a challenging project for Sustainable Urban Development in Indonesia, with the aim to develop resilience and sustainability among the Indonesian cities.

Under the lead of the Agence Francaise de Development and the Indonesian Ministry of Public Work and Housing, the cities of Yogyakarta, Semarang and Wonosobo were selected as pilot contexts to develop three sustainable Ecodistricts. In this framework, the TSPA team – together with the engineer office BERIM, the architectural firm Krill, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and Vriens & Partners – collaborated with the cities’ municipalities to develop the Ecodistrict Programme that aims to be an active instrument to implement Green Cities in Indonesia.

The challenge was not easy, but extremely interesting: is it possible to envision a dot on the horizon for a comprehensive, resilient and shared way to make cities in Indonesia? To answer this question, the consortium held two onsite workshops between April and June 2019, with the goal to engage city planning officials in a process to define the concept of the Ecodistrict and, at the same time, to build collectively a set of targets to successfully realise it in the urban context of Indonesia.

Workshop in Tembi Village and Wonosobo

A third workshop, the latest, has just been held in October 2019. It consisted of an in-depth field mission, in each of the three cities, aimed to co-create a spatial framework that would connect all the interventions into one easily communicable narrative, multiplying the effects of each project. In this regard, a shared process has been conducted in order to define three different scenarios: Yogyakarta – Ecodistrict for the preservation of the landscape heritage; Semarang – Ecodistrict as an example of water management based urban planning; Wonosobo – Ecodistrict as a leverage for green economic development.

As main output of this workshop, an organic set of project was combined into an integrated report that was released in the end of October 2019.

Our team is really happy to be part of such interesting and challenging process and we are looking forward to being part of the next steps. Stay Tuned!

EcoCity Wonosobo

Today, on October 7 TSPA and Berim discuss the Eco-City Wonosobo concept with the city team on Central Java. The ambition is to integrate a green-blue network, waste-to-energy-systems, a better and more walkable street network, improved water management with rain gardens plus a sustainable economy district. Way to go!