Monday, 29 June 2015

Group 10: Vernisace 3

Group 10 : Vernisace 1

Group 4: Models

Group 4: Vernisace 2

Group 4: Vernisace 1

Group 1: Analysis - Proposal

Flexible generic system
Analysis - Proposal (densification, connection, improvement of outskirts)

Flexible generic system
Connection - Axonometric view

Group1: Potential area Highway & S-Bahn

Potential area Highway & S-Bahn

Group 1 :Analysis of Charlottenburg - Westend

Charlottenburg - Westend

Group 1: Vernisace presentation

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Group 10- Berlin Reflection

Group 9


First stop was Tempelhofes Feld, it was very different from the rest of the city
because there was a lot of open space where people can get in touch with each

Second stop: The lecture at the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung
we were wondering about how the importance about the government intervention on
housing matters to provide the citizens the proper rights.

Third Stop: Deutsches Architekturzentrum/ Spreegarten
There were a mount of possibilities to project dwellings grow and the architects
should consider to adapt to current days.
Spreegarten is very interesting project, it’s a first projection to handle with the future
of growth. The public spaces were opened to be designed by of the owners.

Fourth Stop: Kottbusser Tor
It was the best example for gentrification. Everybody want’s to life there because of
the mix of cultures what’s very typical for Berlin.
If we compare this area with the Mitte, we can say that there are more affordable
restaurants or livable conditions.

Fifth Stop: Ernst-Thällmannpark
There is a overscaled space. The habitants does not use the space much. As an
stranger you’ll never get the idea to go inside this park.

Sixth Stop: Dong Xuan Center
Unfortunately it was closed. It’s an opportunity for interaction or to grow the
surrounding area.

Seven: Marzahn Hellersdof
We can learn from what not to do. The only opportunity to handle an area like this to
make it more attractive.

Group 8

Group_01 densifying Berlin

OIKONET Day 2 Task 1 Trip to Berlin Blog_Group 3

Ernst-Thamannpark(Bezirk Pankow,Prenzlauer Berg),Development Area_Selin

This area was destroyed completely in the second world war process.  After war, some social houses are built. Nowadays, these social houses' users can spend time socially around the houses in green spaces with their children and pets easily.  But the demands of new apartments in Berlin for each year(10.000)  are considered, it is clear the housing requirements of the area couldn't be solved yet. Today, this area has more than green spaces than it has never haven before. Although the amount of  green spaces, it is hard to say that all of them  are useful and safety green areas. According to this, the area can be planned as a  social housing plan which includes more useful and planned green areas and meets the housing requirements.

Positives: Green Places , Social Family Area

Negatives: Unsafety Green Places , Incommodious Green Spaces , Low Residential Area, Low relation with surrounding.

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung (Senate Department for Urban Development)

Berlin growth and growth without control_Hector

130k habitants more, 10k departments per year, … they are just numbers, but they means that there is a dramatically high necessity of new  constructions.  Not only residential, if not facilities too. Front this situation, Berlin has desolated spaces. Only a few, but really interesting. These holes in the urban fabric must be worked for giving cohesion for the city under a process of construction which rhythm depends on different causes, economics and also socials. Moreover, new houses that will be projected will have to be social residence in order to generate economic departments but not less

comfortable than a normal one. To this situation, we have to add spaces with pre-existence’s

that the city can’t lose, that are part of its history and that are a potential aspects for the new

and bigger Berlin.

Deutsches Architekturzentrum (Urban Living exhibition) at DAZ_John

Main Ideas from the exhibition worth exploring:

·         Hybrid - use and diversity foster resilient urban environments

·         Save costs by rethinking : construction standards / circulation / shared spaces

·         quality green, open and community-shared places vitalize neighbourhoods

·         collaborative projects facilitate social acceptance and interaction

·         enable shared spaces , ecological building standards and life-styles for added value

·         Participation and self-initiative give a sense of identification and responsibility

·         Activate urban potential with intelligent programming

Alt- Lichenberg  (Vietnamese market area) _ Bartosz

Main impressions from the Site:

Rundown buildings already from the street, boarded up windows, graffiti all over the buildings, no life in the buildings. 4 large hangars, very rough, very industrial, not exactly fit for the local area, or for the use as a shopping centre. Busy by weekend, asleep during weekdays. Trash collectors nearby, general awful smells coming from huts and shacks. Large glass warehouse near the shopping centre, maybe a place for future investment. The warehouse seems to have a kind of an attitude/soul to them.

Positive aspects: The market area is a place where the Vietnamese have met for years on out, and became a place for spending free time searching through the endless aisles of Vietnamese products. Locals and certain residents of Berlin already know the place as a good location for shopping. A fair show of the Vietnamese culture, altar placed by the entrance to the shopping area

Negative aspects: Rundown and very ugly surrounding area, with no intention of being improved/gentrified. Dangerous / poses a threat to the safety of local residents. Long distance from city centre.


Berlin Report-Group4-02.06.2015

Group 11_Berlin Impressions

 These are some ideas derived from the presentations from Monday morning:
1. “Growing” and “Shrinking” seem to be terms coming from the field of economy which convey quantitative values – assets, shares, benefits, production, all of these grow and shrink as a result of the activity the financial/economic system. Cities reflect these fluctuations of the economic system, sometimes in a very visible way: as investors focus in one area, the building stock grows accordingly (e.g. more and taller buildings quickly arise in the in the skyline of the cities; new cities emerge). But, should architecture and urban planning be guided by these quantitative indicators? Are there other values which are not amenable to quantification? How do we measure “better” architecture or “better” planned cities?

2. Growing and shrinking are two simultaneous phenomena which take place at the global scale: the growth in a local area might give rise to the shrinkage in another one. The fact that one has an effect on another makes creates a relationship between both. Growth/Shrinkage is a global phenomenon by which urban areas come into relationship, making a network of interrelated flows (of people, goods, and ideas). Also, growing and shrinking can take place simultaneously within a city which is growing or shrinking. There are parts of so-called “growing” cities which are receding; and there are parts of “shrinking” cities which are actually growing. Growth/Shrinkage is, therefore, a recursive pattern.

3. Growing and shrinking is a multidimensional phenomenon, of multiple dimensions: economic and cultural; architectural and urban. Therefore, it cannot be reduced to an “architectural” or “urban” problem; it is not just a matter of giving form to public spaces, or providing flexible and adaptable floor plan layouts. It also involves multiple scales, from the domestic to the public, from building design to regional planning.

4. What is the role of the architect/planner in front of this phenomena? Which other actors should participate in the process of guiding a growth/shrinkage process towards certain goals? Who is defining those goals? Which skills should the architect/planner develop to interact with other stakeholders in this collaborative process?
About Berlin
Group 6 

- Green spaces should be proportional to building and housing complexes.

   - The old airport garden and the building should be balanced. The fact that the building is used to events and parties is very good but it should have a proper function

      - It’s important to predict all the scenarios: Baseline, Optimistic and Pessimist so we can be prepared for everything. Because of all the scenarios, the structures and the projects should be changeable and adaptable.

       - Vietnamese Market. It's a valuable space because of its cultural variety but it has to be taken care of

        - Green spaces should be organized like the Thalmannpark which has great potential but it’s not well used. They have to be redesigned.


- Can the city deal with the prediction of 250k more people in 2030 in terms of...

Transport ( the metro line should be expanded)
Public\private space (parking lots, gardens,...)
Mixed facilities
Socially stable neighbourhood
Job opportunities

- Co-ops buildings are a new way to involve the people in the projects and adapt the houses to their needs. It’s also a way to build with less costs and more quickly.