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Case Study 3

Teaching and research project on behalf of the Wüstenrot Stiftung.

Given the fact that urban planning and architectural developments are long processes and planning tasks are marked by financial constraints as well as a political, cultural and social explosiveness, temporary uses of buildings and wasteland increasingly moved into the focus of designers, users and investors in recent years. In this context, the phenomenon of temporary uses has been variously tested as a planning approach for sustainable architecture and urban design and has been elevated as accepted complex subject of theoretical and empirical research.

Besides the question of spatial anchoring of ephemeral offer the approach of acceptable concepts announcing long-term upgrading of the temporary used areas and objects plays an important role. Hence, based on upgrades and an improved image of areas or buildings, temporary solutions result in profitable future uses. However, analysis show that the questions of how and to which extent temporary uses may become integral parts of the planning processes and which synergy effects may result from temporary and permanent uses, are still not acceptably answered.

Based on fundamental considerations of relevant content orientated and operational knowledge structures concerning targets and levels of temporary uses, the overall objective of the teaching and research project is to systematize knowledge and to prepare it for the academic training of architects, urban planners and designers as well as for research.

The project work strictly aims to involve experts, stakeholders and the public. Accumulated knowledge will be continuously presented, discussed and evaluated.

The result will be a publication summarizing the state of knowledge and exposing questions about functional relationships and relevance in planning practice of temporary uses for the urban design project implementation.

Start is october 2012.


Wüstenrot Stiftung, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Abteilung I und II, Bezirksamt Lichtenberg von Berlin, Stadtplanungsamt Mannheim, Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung, Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, HCU Hamburg, Universität Stuttgart, Urbanizers, Think Berlin, Studio Urbane Landschaften, Asum GmbH, COOPOLIS, Ulla Luther, BSM, Laufwerk B, id22