PUBLIC — PRIVATE

URBAN DESIGN PROJECT (1. PHASE)
B.SC. – BTU COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG
04.2016 – 4. SEMESTER

DESIGN PROJECT (1. PHASE)
B.SC. – BTU COTTBUS
04.2016 – 4. SEMESTER

The first phase of this design project consisted in identifying spaces with potential for urban development and experimentation. This was achieved by carefully analysing the relationship between the existing urban tissue and the various public to private functions that it may absorb — depending not only on the spatial situation but also the social, historical and political context.

The setting was Kreuzberg, a district in the middle of Berlin which has seen a true renaissance in the last couple of decades: from a decaying, somewhat insecure city area to a lively, trendy and increasingly expensive milieu where shops, gastronomy, artists, tourists and families have a colourful co-existance.

Kreuzbergs historical urban structure is still standing today  in part. The traditional, closed and high-density city block permits a clear arrangement of public and private functions, with the ground floor being used almost exclusively for shops and gastronomy, while upper floors are mainly used for living.

However, various redevelopments during the decades after the war have seen new city structures come into play and have also made the blocks more porous. The geometrical bodies depicted above are an attempt to portray diverse spatial situations that may be found in the district, by making use of simple concepts like proportion, distance, colour and materiality. They do so in a playful and lively manner.

Adalbergstraße towards Kottbusser Tor (left)

Naunynstraße towards Oranienplatz (right)