Urban Pioneers

Temporary Use and Urban Development in Berlin

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin (ed.)

Softcover with flaps
21 x 27,7 cm
192 pages, approx. 150 col.
German with English summaries
ISBN 978-3-939633-28-0
02.2007 / reprinting: 10.2011

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Skate-parks in abandoned industrial estates, ponies grazing alongside the former Berlin Wall, flea markets in disused warehouses, music and fashion in hard-to-let stores and climbing walls in development niches – scarcely a city in Europe has been so radically characterized by temporary use projects as has Berlin. Temporary use projects are increasingly of strategicimportance for urban development, for space pioneers open up new development prospects at disused sites that defy the traditional urban planning. Combining a documentation of over 40 temporary use projects inBerlin with a series of essays and interviews, this book offers comprehensive insight into current discourse and proposes new guidelines for how temporary use projects might shape urban development.

 ....With this the publication manages to lift the discussion form the mere wow a cool, trendy project to a proper discussion of urban space usage, urban redevelopment as well as local initiatives and bottom up planning and discurse. As such it can be a handbook for both planners and initiatives lead by local groups or even individuals. Fabian Neuhaus for urbantick blogspot

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