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Thomas Stellmach interviewed in Al Jazeera reportage “Berlin: unapologetically rebel”

More than 20 years after the reunification, what shapes Berlin today?

The news broadcaster Al Jazeera interviewed three Berliners, and one is our founder Thomas Stellmach, who experienced city changes in the post-wall ’90s and now understands current ongoing processes such as gentrification and recognises the importance of a vision for Berlin and Brandenburg’s future development.

We were delighted to be considered as a valuable source to understand and reflect on the city.

Greentech festival

City Scan powered by TSPA participated at the Greentech Festival

Earlier this year, TSPA team started a new project – CityScan. An initiative for data-driven urbanism. We presented its first analysis at the Greentech Festival where we shared how the principles of sustainable urban planning combined with data can support the future of mobility planning.

How does City Scan approaches data driven urbanism?

Public Hearing in the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Bundestag

There is exciting news: Today, Thomas Stellmach has been invited as an expert to a public hearing in the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Bundestag.

Exhibition ‘Unfinished Metropolis. 100 years of urban development for (Greater) Berlin’ opening night

A 100 years ago today Berlin became Greater Berlin and a giant city emerged increasing its territory from 66 to 878 square kilometres, and increasing its population form 1.9 to approximately 3.9 million inhabitants.

TSPA and our partners Fabulism had the pleasure attend the opening event of the anniversary exhibition “Unfinished Metropolis: 100 Years of Urban Development for Greater Berlin” as one of the 5 awarded proposals which reflected on the city’s possibilities for 2070.

The exhibition, focused on the way living, working, traffic, leisure and recreation have unfolded through history, presents new ideas on the exemplary locations for future development.

You can now visit and see our proposal at Kronprinzenpalais, Unter den Linden 3, 10117 Berlin from October1st and until 3rd of January.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit the website below:

https://unvollendete-metropole.de

Project ‘Landscape of Differences’ published in monograph ‘Unfinished Metropolis’

On October 1st, to mark the anniversary of establishment of Greater Berlin, Architekten- und Ingenieurverein zu Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. (AIV), together with Harald Bodenschatz, Benedikt Goebel, Christina Gräwe, Peter Lemburg, Marcus Nitschke, Wolfgang Schuster have prepared an exciting monographs “Unfinished Metropolis” While first volume presents history of 100 years of urban planning for Greater Berlin the second book contains entries from International Urban Planning Competition for Berlin-Brandenburg 2070. We are excited to have a sneak preview, as our latest project Landscape of Differences is among winning projects.

Find out more in the link below: https://dom-publishers.com/collections/monographs/products/unfinished-metropolis

Work Platforms: Tools for Local and Remote File Sharing, Co-creating Documents and Discussing Ideas

This is the second publication of the series “From work desks to work platforms” in which we share the strategies and tools that we have used doing remote-work even before the Coronavirus Pandemic. Here we present two of the nine tools we use. In the next posts we will share more.

III. The Tools

1. Enabling Team Work: Local and Remote File Sharing

File Sync, File Sharing, File Versioning: Dropbox

  • Overview of the meeting
  • Irakli Mtskhvetadze, Gvantsa Nikolaishvili and Thomas Stellmach
  • Franziska Schreiber and Evandro Holz
  • Thomas Stellmach
  • Revaz Sokhadze, Chairman of Urban Planning and Urban Commission of Tbilisi City Council and Otar Grigolia, Chairman of Financial-Budget and Property Management Commission
  • Evan Zhorzholiani, Chairman of Legal Issues and Human Rights Commission
  • TSPA capacity building team.
  • Irakli Mtskhvetadze and Gvantsa Nikolaishvili
  • Screenshot 2020-02-06 at 09.26.10

TSPA experts visit Tbilisi City Council

TSPA team members, Thomas Stellmach, Franziska Schreiber and Evandro Holz are currently in Tbilisi, Georgia holding meetings with various members of the City Council, learning from the  challenges and opportunities of the local government and sharing expert knowledge.

TSPA is a partner of the Moscow Urban Forum event

For the last 8 years, Moscow Urban Forum was gathering experts from various fields and countries to discuss the most prominent issues our cities are facing. Questions, such as what is a smart city, how cities can become even more inclusive and resilient, or how do we cope with digitalization in planning and everyday life?

In the summer of 2018, TSPA was invited to support MUF in the topic about “MEGAPOLIS OF THE FUTURE. NEW SPACE FOR LIVING”. We were honored to be the main partners of the event, among internationally recognized organizations like OECD and PWC.

Additionally to the partner role, TSPA participated in the round table discussion about successful urban and real estate development practices.

To learn more about the event, see the link below:
https://mosurbanforum.com/archive/2018/

 

or visit the link to watch the panel session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMOOCMqTO68

make city berlin tspa

TSPA is a funding partner of the MakeCity.Berlin

MakeCity.Berlin – is an international festival for architecture and urbanism. It is a platform to  initiate changes for a better urban development in Berlin. This year, along the list of many other interesting practices and institutions from Berlin, TSPA became a funding partner of MakeCity.Berlin. It was a great opportunity to become more involved in the urban planning scene in the German capital and connect with experts, who are equally passionate about new discourses and opportunities of the city.

Additionally to the sponsoring role, out team had a unique chance to develop and propose a new project Impuls.berlin. Together with a great team of external experts, TSPA helped to develop an idea for a new knowledge and expertise sharing platform. Impulse.berlin aims to create an ecosystem where urban actors have the time and space to think and create a good city”. To find out more information about the project, click here.

You can read more about our contribution here

Stadt machen! Impulse.berlin

TSPA and Kollectiv Data started a new platform – City Scan

TSPA and Kollectiv Data started platform to make spatial data more accessible.

As cities are more and more pressured with the rapid changes, data analysis and data visualization can help to speed up knowledge transfer and cope with the upcoming being more informed and involved. CityScan is a platform founded with the aim of preparing geodata and making it usable. With appealing visualisations, different groups of access to spatial data in an uncomplicated and efficient way. A cooperation project, CityScan consist of the interdisciplinary team with the experts from geography, urban development, mapping and communication fields. It started as a part of the MakeCity.berlin festival. The main vision of this platform is to to bring different actors together, transfer information more transparently and start  a new initiative to make our cities more livable. Making Berlin’s geospatial data more accessible and usable the aim is to stimulate initial discussions.

Find out more information about CityScan here.

rummelsburg tspa

Podium discussion about gentrification in Berlin – Remmidemmi in Rummelsburg

To discuss the current gentrification process in Berlin’s neighborhoods, Kilian Immobiliengruppe together with Stiftung Zukunf Berlin organized the panel discussion ‘Remmidemmi in RummelsburgHURRA, DIE GENTRIFIZIERER SIND DA!

The debates about the gentrification process in Rummelsburg – about one of the most attractive and overlooked neighborhoods in Berlin, took a place in the new artist/studio quarter Gaswerksiedlung. Thomas participated as an urban planning expert and to share his insight about the impact of gentrification and different sides of this process.

Learn more about the event in the link below:
Quartiergespräch Remmidemmi in Rummelsburg

 

“Das Ziel ist eine Stadt, die für alle da ist…” – The article “Room to Live” in Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche

Das Ziel ist eine Stadt, die für alle da ist…

(The aim is to build the city for everyone…)

What does it mean to us, that nowadays we live in the apartments, that have so little to do with the way how we live in the city? How to tame the increasing lack of affordable housing? What lessons can be learned from our other European countries? The article “Room to Live” about modern dwelling typologies and cooperative housing model tried to tackle these ubiquitous questions. Written by Thomas and his partner from urban coop berlin, Robert Ostmann this piece was published by Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche.

See the entire publication here.

A Masterplan won’t solve anything

Russian cities usually have a functioning city administration, often a strong civil society, and s strong framework of urban regulations. Yet, when we look at the current state of the urban environment, they are very much the opposite of an attractive, liveable city.

Thomas of TSPA and Anton Shatalov of Proektdevelopment, a young innovative office which forms part of the fledgling Siberian urban design scene, explore this question using Krasnoyarsk as an example. The conversation was hosted by gorodprima. Read the full dialogue (in Russian) here: “A Masterplan won’t solve anything“.