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Consortium team with the Municipality in Wonosobo

Indonesia Ecodistrict Programme

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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!

Rapid planning workshop for Blankenburger Süden

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Last week our team joined Bureau B+B in Amsterdam for an intensive design workshop.
Together, we developed the concept of our design proposal for Blankenburger Süden, a 120 hectares urban development on the north edge of Berlin.
The results of our collaboration provided ideas and images to develop a new structural and utilisation concept for the largest urban expansion site in the city.

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Berlin’s largest extension site: TSPA & B+B selected for Blankenburger Süden process

TSPA together with B+B has been 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:

bgmr Landschaftsarchitekten
Fugmann Janotta und Partner
Felixx Landscape  


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)