INTEGRATED URBAN DESIGN

… is PRODUCING SPACES COLLECTIVLY. FROM 2007-2019 I WAS WORKING FOR THE OFFICE URBAN CATALYST, LEADING INTEGRATED CITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. For more information

 

RAW DIALOGWERKSTATT /  Berlin /  Germany / 2018

collaboration
for Urban Catalyst, PROJECT TEAM: Janin Walter, Melanie Humann, Tobias Wimmer , Amadeus Theimer
client
Bezirksamt Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg

From january 2018 till january 2019, representatives of the district Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, owners and users of the area, representatives of the neighborhood, residents as well as the interested public  worked together on a spatial development strategy for the former area ‘RAW’ – of the local rail company ‘Deutsche Bahn’. The team of Urban Catalyst designed the Dialogeprocess, realized and moderated the workingssessions and the public events and translated the results into an urban development strategy and urban plans. The dialogue process has been created as an iterative process, which means that the results from every event always formed the basis for the following event.

ZWISCHENRAUM ZUM ANKOMMEN I Saalfeld / IBA THÜRINGEN 2017

collaboration
for Urban Catalyst, PROJECT TEAM: Janin Walter, Melanie Humann, Chrisitne Bock , Jan Dubsky
client
IBA Thüringen

The project ‘In between- space, there to arrive’ combines current dynamics and burning topics of urban development. It’s about integration of refugees, the activation from fallow land to participation, new Work and the common good, around neighborhood and the question of how to become one Place from the compression of projects develop gradually. Different as in usual urban planning Planning projects, here the aim  is not perfectly designed plan of one expert, but the development of a long-term idea for this place and a useful practice. Urban Catalyst was invited as part of a summerschool to wotk on future ideas for the area together with local inhabitants. In four days the team collected idea, which led to a multifunctional community building.

SQUARE FOR CHORWEILER / Cologne / Germany I 2016

collaboration
for Urban Catalyst, Umschichten, Studio Amore
client
municipality cologne

Because the population of Cologne continues to grow and the demand for affordable housing therefore increases, Chorweiler plays an increasingly important role in the development of Cologne.

In a participation process together with the inhabitants of Chorweiler and the initiatives of the district the wishes for the three squares around the center of Chorweiler were formulated. These included the redesign of the large areas on Pariser and Liverpooler Platz as well as the Lyoner Passage.

The central element was the space station, which we set up from 28th August to 4th September 2016 at the Lyon Passage. With building actions, public events, safaris and boards, the residents were invited to share their ideas and opinions and to enlarge the pool of ideas for the design of those three squares. The ideas were transformed into a design by the office LAD+ and will be realized until the end of 2020.

urban catalyst, @Janin Walter, Ilkin Akpinar, Klaus Overmeyer, Amore: Matthias Burke, Leon Jank ; Eleonore Harmel, Umschichten Lukasz Lendzinski, Peter Weigand

urban catalyst, Janin Walter, Ilkin Akpinar, Klaus Overmeyer, Amore: Matthias Burke, Leon Jank ; Eleonore Harmel, Umschichten Lukasz Lendzinski, Peter Weigand

urban catalyst, Janin Walter, Ilkin Akpinar, Klaus Overmeyer, Amore: Matthias Burke, Leon Jank ; Eleonore Harmel, Umschichten Lukasz Lendzinski, Peter Weigand

urban catalyst, Janin Walter, Ilkin Akpinar, Klaus Overmeyer, Amore: Matthias Burke, Leon Jank ; Eleonore Harmel, Umschichten Lukasz Lendzinski, Peter Weigand

HOLZMARKT_Berlin / 2013-14

Photo and acryl on canvas paper  24 x 30cm,  31 x 43 cm

collaboration
Melanie Humann, Hütten und Paläste, Silvia Carpaneto Architekten

The “Holzmarkt” is a milestone in user-based urban development. The seed for the project was set in 2008 by the referendum “Spreeufer for all”, which expressed the displeasure of the citizens of the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg against the neo-liberal urban planning of the 90s. A group of former temporary users of the project area (formerly Bar 25) formed in 2012  a cooperative (“Holzmarkt eG”) with the aim of taking the planning and development of the neighborhood into their own hands. Together with the “Abendrot Foundation” and the “Urban Creativity Cooperative”, a financing model has been developed that will allow to use the area 99 years. The aim was, to  realize a publicly accessible shore park and a kind of creative village for artisans, artists and creative.

Melanie Humann and Janin Walter have been accompanying the project since 2011 as part of the collective development team. Three architecture offices plus 10 people fom Holzmarkt developed together the urban plan. Our role within this project was the focus on the conception and visualization of the urban design, the conception of an open planning process and the moderation of planning workshops.