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Summer term 2011: Obere Stadtspree

Case Study 1

In Spring 2011 we will together with planning partners and stakeholders continuatively focus on the Obere Stadtspree in Berlin in the context of collaborative events. Based upon on a large scale potential map, the Spree zone is evaluated in focus areas in terms of its spatial and social configuration and its potential for urban developments. The tasks include the development of planning scenarios and design concepts in collaboration with corporative actors and the conception of an exhibition on site.

Beyond working on a design concept, students are able to cowork on a publication within this topic and to test new media by the use of blogs and the creation of an archive. The teaching program and its integrated modules are open for students of the master degree programs in architecture, urban design, urban and regional planning as well as landscape architecture.


Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, Deutsches Architekturzentrum, Planungsbüro Herwarth + Holz, SPREE2011, ZEWK

Additional modules:

Berlin Brownfields

The seminar will focus on the approaches to urban wastelands and debate alternatives and new ideas. Diverse case studies will be analyzed with reference to literature, visits and workshops. Taking the area Obere Stadspree in Berlin as an example, the course will in particular deal with sustainable development of urban wastelands. Furthermore a workshop in collaboration with urban design students from our partner university Johannesburg will take place at the end of May.

Responsible person:

Institut for architecture, Dr. Astrid Ley

„Urban Space – Health – Environment“

The seminar, as an optional course, focuses on basic themes of the health-oriented urban development and environmental planning in the context of administrative planning and decision-making in Berlin. Primary concerns are planning-related environmental impacts of noise, air and light pollution, lawn care, bioclimate, contaminated sites and residential areas as well as their effects on health. The particular situation in the capital, such as the green zone, mitigation measures, environmental monitoring systems, the Berlin authorities binding system planning, organization / planning responsibilities of relevant authorities (SenStadt, SenGUV, urban planning, building regulations, environmental agencies, etc.) will be discussed in depth.
Obere Stadtspree/Wrangelkiez as research area. During the seminar, a citizens expertise will be developed.

Responsible person

Institut for fluid mechanics and technical acoustics I Prof. Dr. B. Schulte-Fortkamp & Dr.-Ing. H.-J. Klimeczek