BERLIN CITY CELLS
Berlin is growing. 250.000 new inhabitants are expected by 2030. The major part of the increasing demand for new housing will have to be met by the “outer city”, the districts outside of the S-Bahn ring. Although two thirds of the Berliners live in these neighbourhoods, they have hardly been the focus of planning- or design-related strategies so far. The study investigates the multilayered facets of Berlin’s outer cityscape. Large housing estates, canals and city motorway, idyllic detached homes and clusters of specialised retail stores, allotment gardens and urban wilderness form an experimental lab where existing research- and planning-models are transferred to the Berlin context.
On a city-wide transformation map five types of spaces revealing future development potential are identified. Devoid of prescriptive urban planning- and design targets, the study makes local places of identification the starting point for action models. These “city cells” stand for re-localization and intelligent interlinking of urban systems: local cycles and economies are reinforced, multifunctional spaces catering for a mix of culture, trade, services and living are designed, user-supported project development is promoted and new models creating a balance between individual and communal forms of living are developed.