Urban Development in Germany

Zeche Carl in Essen | © Frank Vinken

Industrial Heritage in Germany

A former coal mine, Zeche Carl in Essen is now a music venue – just one example of how former industrial sites are being reused. These days, a large part of the abandoned mine’s grounds is used for cultural projects.More ...
“More Space for Everyone” conference in February 2014 in Tutzing | © Karo Knote

More space for everyone: public space in the 21st century

Urban planners are trying to find new living space – even at the expense of greenbelt land. People are opposed to this. What is the importance of public space in the 21st century?More ...
Hamburg Marathon; © hochzwei

Californiaization – the city as event space

Cities are increasingly becoming stages for fleeting settings and lifestyle events. A conversation with Claus Dreyer, retired professor of architecture from Detmold.More ...
Am Urban, Berlin, total view, Graetz Architekten, Photo: Jörg Frank

We Are the City – From Co-Determination to Co-Creation

Building groups are enlivening inner cities, neighbourhood associations are planting public parks. More and more people are taking the shaping of their urban environment into their own hands.More ...
Wilhelmsburg Centre: Bauausstellung in der Bauausstellung, Photo: IBA Hamburg GmbH / Falcon Crest Air

The Mix Is What Matters – The IBA Hamburg

Focal points of the Internationale Bauausstellung Hamburg are not only urgent future-related questions, but also the transformation of an entire city district, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg.More ...
Opening of Pulse Park, interactive lightinstallation of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Westpark Bochum, Copyright: © Urbane Künste Ruhr/Ariette Armella

Bubbling in the Pott – Urban Arts in the Ruhr

Substantial demands have been made on art projects in public space. How are art and planning coming together in the Ruhr region?More ...
HafenCity Hamburg (Photo: Armin Plöger)

HafenCity Hamburg – Utopia on the Elbe

On the Elbe islands before the historic district of the Old Town, the new HafenCity has been under construction since 2001. A bold architectural project – but also a gamble.More ...
Hamburg, Eilbekkanal, houseboat Sprenger von der Lippe Architekten, Photo: Meike Hansen, Archimage

The New House Boat Movement – The Floating Architecture Movement

In Germany the floating architecture is being actively embraced in city centres.More ...
Dorothea Nold and Magdalena Kallenberger: „Raumtausch“, Videostill

Urban spirits – Beyond the Secular City

The cultural and research project Global Prayers studies the boom of religion in the world’s metropolises.More ...
Bebelallee, Hamburg, blauraum architekten, Photo: Hagen Stier

Redensification – examples from Hamburg and Munich

The housing developments built between the nineteen twenties and nineteen sixties, that still have a significant impact on the townscape character of today, are now beginning to show their age.More ...
Townhouses Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin, Photo: Inge Johanna Bergner

Urban renaissance – The restored Appeal of Inner Cities

After a period of out-migration inner cities are becoming more and more popular as a place to live and work. This trend is set to change urban structures.More ...
Future Creative Quarter Munich, “Jutier- and Tonnenhalle”, Photo: Markus Lanz

Creative Quarters – Cities Discover New Development

Metropolises are coming up against competitive pressure in these times of advancing globalisation. Above all, those cities perceived as being creative have the advantage here.More ...
Kitchen Guerilla, University of Neighbourhoods (UnD), photo: Markus Reuter

The Magic Word Is Participation – How Administrative Departments and Citizens Are Working Together

The Stuttgart 21 dispute has made it quite clear that a new culture of planning is needed – and in many cases is already being put to the test.More ...
Vision Spree 2011, Photo: Franziska Scheidegger, [M] LURI

Heading for new Shores – Towns and Cities discover their Rivers

When towns and cities decide to redevelop their rivers as recreation areas it is a move that is met with great enthusiasm among residents. Some examples from Berlin, Munich and the Ruhr Area.More ...
Schloßgarten Stuttgart, Immobilienprojekt Stuttgart 21, © Yvonne P. Doderer

A “Right to the City”?! – The use of Public Spaces

Who owns the city? “It is lying on the street, hanging in trees and is hidden under cobblestones”. Initiatives are fighting for participation in shaping urban spaces.More ...
Stuttgart Main Station: main entrance | Copyright: Deutsche Bahn AG

Taking a Stand – Stuttgart 21 Is Symptomatic of a New Wave of Civic Engagement

The controversial Stuttgart 21 project has long been about more than simply the plans to convert Paul Bonatz’s railway terminus.More ...
ZNA Kolja Kunstreich project, Wuppertal, Wülfrather Straße, Copyright: ORG.BERATUNG Schulten & Weyland

Vacant Buildings as an Opportunity – Temporary Usage Offers New Urban Development Perspectives

Temporary usage of buildings plays an important role in reactivating vacant inner-city properties.More ...
Nominated in the Built category: Lesezeichen Salbke, Magdeburg/Deutschland, 2009, Copyright: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin/photo: Thomas Völkel

Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2010 – “Understanding a Different City”

Berlin’s new Europe-wide Urban Intervention Award is conferred for urban sites with an exemplary character.More ...
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“We need cities that are people-friendly, not traffic-friendly”

Goethe.de spoke to mobility expert Ingo Kollosche of the Technical University in Berlin about modern and sustainable transport planning.More ...
Ralf Fücks, Board Member of the Heinrich Böll foundation, Copyright: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Photo: Ludwig Rauch

“Our Cities are the Pioneers of Ecological Change” – An Interview with Ralf Fücks

Goethe.de interviewed the chairman of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Ralf Fücks, on the greatest challenges facing the development of our cities.More ...
Entry Café Rigoletto, Copyright: Wohnbaugenossenschaft wagnis eG

Lively City Centre – Munich’s Ackermannbogen District

Living in a leafy green area, yet in a central location, affordable housing for young and old and a tightly-knit neighbourhood network: Ackermannbogen in Munich is a newly created city district that is pleasant to live in.More ...
Shanghai, Copyright: www.pixelio.de/Photo: Bettine Stolze

Sustainable Urban Development: Research for Tomorrow’s Megacities

A Federal Ministry of Education and Research funding programme is supporting scientists in seeking solutions for the energy and climate-efficient design of megacities.More ...
© City of Leinefelde-Worbis

“The Miracle of Leinefelde”

The small town of Leinefelde-Worbis in Thuringia with its 15,000 inhabitants is living proof of just how successful urban redevelopment projects can be.More ...
Pixel and claims. Dessau Roßlau: After urban development according to a master plan had failed, new ideas had to be found to set the process in motion. According to the principle “Wo Gebäude fallen, entsteht Landschaft“ (i.e., Landscapes Arise Where Buildings Fall) the new landscape is formed pixel by pixel, poster: Heike Brückner, Kerstin Faber, Doreen Ritzau; 2004; Copyright: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Urban Redevelopment: Shrinking – Knowing How

The International Building Exhibition on Urban Redevelopment in Saxony-Anhalt 2010 is developing new future strategies for cities with declining populations.More ...
Front of the Kutscherhaus; Copyright: Franziska Holz

Squatting from the Heart – Saving Hamburg’s Historic Gängeviertel

A civic initiative launched by people from all walks of life has saved a run-down historic quarter in the centre of Hamburg from demolition.More ...
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The IBA Lausitz – A Laboratory for New Landscapes

Since 2000, the Internationale Bauausstellung (i.e. international construction exhibition) IBA Fürst-Pückler-Land has been guiding the reshaping of the Lausitz region.More ...
“Be Berlin” theme campaign,
Copyright: Berlin Partner GmbH

The Character of Cities – why Berlin “Ticks” Differently from Hamburg, Munich or Cologne

An interview with sociologist Martina Löw about her unconventional theory on urban spacesMore ...
Georg-Schumann-Straße 240, Leipzig-Möckern,
Copyright: HausHalten e. V.

The Light’s back on in the Guardhouse: A Leipzig Association saves old Buildings from Dereliction

In Leipzig there are more than 40,000 vacant flats, and many of the city’s unrehabilitated 19th-century buildings are falling into ruins.More ...
Apartment block on the “Siemensstadt” estate at Jungfernheideweg, Berlin,
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A Viable Option - The Global Culture Of The Apartment Block

The modern apartment block is the most widespread architectural form of all time. Just how big a success story is it though?More ...
Copyright: Baupiloten/Foto: Jan Bitter, www.janbitter.de

The Baupiloten Project: using Ecopop to Banish Tristesse

The project, headed by architect Susanne Hofmann, aims to unite academic teaching with architectural practice.More ...
`Spreeufer für alle!´: (Keep The Spree Open For Everybody!) - Residents protesting about the plans made public under the name Mediaspree. Copyright: picture-alliance/ ZB

The “Blue Capital” Of Urban Development – Rivers As The Arteries Of City Life

Many cities are once again focusing on their rivers and now see their waterways as the “blue capital” of urban development.More ...
High-Rise Bunker in Hamburg; Photo: Martin Kunze/IBA

Bunker and Eco Power Station – New Uses for Buildings from Sinister Times

Bunkers are war buildings. Sometimes they become exciting locations for future-oriented new uses.More ...
The METreePOLIS project,Architects: HWKN HOLLWICHKUSHNER, New York, USA Cop: HOLLWICHKUSHNER LLC, Project Team: Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Robert May, Hwaseop Lee, TJ O’Keefe, Ben Muller, Jonathan Kowalkoski, Patricia Sahm

Radical Pragmatists - The architects Matthias Böttger and Friedrich von Borries from raumtaktik in Berlin

They are young. They want to make the world a better place. And where did they start their quest – at the Architecture Biennale 2008 in Venice.More ...

The future of the slab - Large GDR estates between demolition, exemplary redevelopment and cult object

The concrete-slab estates remain a challenge, and it is in its success in meeting this challenge that the quality of a differentiated redevelopment policy will be measured. By Paul SigelMore ...
Zollverein; Photo: Matthias Duschner/Stiftung Zollverein

Dance and Drama in the Steelworks: New Life for Industrial Relics

Many former breweries, factories, power stations and coalmines are now places where historic industrial architecture is juxtaposed with contemporary art and culture.More ...

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