Nature comes first in the south of Blankenburg!

Earlier this year, TSPA together with our landscape architecture partner B+B finalised the framework planning for the development of Blankenburger Süden. And since this week the results of the framework plan development for the south of Blankenburg are visible to the public on the website of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.

As the largest extension of the city Berlin with the aim of accommodate the urban growth, it also gave us a chance to reflect on the influence of a planning project to the surrounding area and to propose a solution to balance between building construction and the existing nature. you can  vote for our project! Through this online survey and a participation platform, questions can be asked and comments can be left .

Our draft was preceded by the central question: How do we want to live in the future in the face of climate change and the shift in mobility? A framework plan can only work if, in addition to key figures, there is agreement and clarity about the qualities. These are the six objectives that our proposal aims to implement: Nature first, building resilience to climate change, creating community, creating flexible and adaptable typologies, promoting diversity for peaceful coexistence, creating urban density and sustainable mobility for a better quality of life.

The framework plan follows clear rules that take into account the context – development, landscape, use, connections – and hierarchies of spaces, with higher densities at the centres, with differentiated spaces in the core area along the tram boulevard, and openness and small scale towards the landscape. The area is divided into two parts, which are linked by a green public transport axis, where public and local supply facilities are located. Four quarters with their own readable cores and identities are being created, as well as two new school locations, and a production focus in the west, which sensibly interlinks learning, business, green spaces and living. The contiguous commercial settlement in the west allows efficient and less disruptive supply traffic, separated from residential development, as well as attractive residential areas that open up to the landscape in the northeast. In each block, small additional communal uses – workshops, cafés, daycare centres – are made possible.

Centres, day-care centres and educational institutions are positioned in such a way that they create offers for both existing and new districts and are excellently served by public transport. The community school in the north is linked as a point of attraction with the adult education and music academy as well as a district learning workshop and a parents’ café. You can find more explanations about our project in our video:

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