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Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin

Circular organization of four new residential areas where the landscape shapes the city

The area between Blankenburg Süden and Heinersdorf is a garden land in the green periphery north of Berlin, surrounded by farmland, scattered clusters of trees and allotment gardens.The current high pressure on residential facilities in Berlin is being addressed partly by densification of the city center and partly by developments in vacant areas on Berlin’s periphery. Blankenburg is designated as one of the largest expansion sites, covering an area of 150ha and providing up to 6000 new affordable and healthy homes for the people of Berlin.


Blankenburg Süden, Plan

Landscape City

A new city district is created that commits to a strong relationship with the surrounding landscape qualities and services such as water, food, energy, knowledge, raw materials, mobility & biodiversity. A “landscape city”, that adapts to the scale of the various cores in this green expanse. It does not become an independent, demarcated district, but emphatically fits into the context, strengthens existing cores and expands them. As a result the area also acquires the scale of communities in the vicinity.


"Land Shapes the City" - Water bodies become “Waterland”, fields & allotment gardens become “Garden Land” and ruderal forest wilderness becomes “Forestland".

Characteristic Landscapes

The new district is organized in four distinct quarters, based on specific landscape typologies. The Landscape City in effect is built up by neighborhoods as landscapes; the Waterland, Garden Land, Productive Land and the Forestland. Each landscape has its own specific focus, functionality and atmosphere. The various landscapes deal with circularity differently and are therefore complementary. Collectively, they form a circular piece of the city, intricately connected to its surroundings.

Waterland - For the southern residential neighborhood, the Waterland, we design rain gardens, and wooded slopes where you can pick your own berries.
Forestland - The Forestland also offers areas for gardening (“edible forest”: fruits, berries, herbs) as a recreational, health-promoting or learning experience.

Garden Land - The vegetable gardens of the Garden Land residential neighborhood in the west are places where knowledge is shared and communal neighborhood activities take place.

Productive Land - The Productive Land describes the new business park in the east of the area, where a circular approach to large-scale food production is realized on the roofs of commercial buildings.

Blue-Green, BIodiversity & Integrated Watersystems

Water-, Forest & Garden Land represent large-scale landscape spaces with natural conditions. Rainwater management functions according to sponge city and cascade principles. They form different ecosystems: dry, wet, high and low vegetation. The existing protected biotopes are preserved, as well as the existing ecosystem of water bodies. Stormwater management areas include blue-green roofs, swale-trench systems along streets, infiltrative pavements, and diverse urban wetlands.

Circularity

The goal is to create a district that makes a significant contribution to the water, energy and food supply, to an environmentally friendly mobility system, to resource-efficient production and to an intensive social exchange of the entire area. These various aspects will be integrated into each neighborhood as circular systems. This circularity also extends beyond the separate neighborhoods, enabling the entire area to contribute maximally to climate regulation, rainwater management, food production and to the enhancement of biodiversity.https://www.felixx.nl/media/files/1935-09-berlin-blankenburg-suden-diagram-circulair.jpg

Year

2020 - 2021

Location

Blankenburg Süden, Heinersdorf, Berlin

Type

Masterplan, Infrastructure, Landscape

Client

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen, Berlin

Size

150 ha

Awards

1st prize

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Nancy Smolka
Zofia Krzykawska
Eduardo Marin Salinas
Shailaja Shah
Maria E. Castrillo
Caro De Visscher
Cityförster

List
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  2. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  5. Healthy Tracks
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  10. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  11. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  12. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  13. Jonas Amsterdam
  14. A green entrance for the airport
  15. Public Space Alpen
  16. Cartesius Quarter
  17. Isle of Dikes
  18. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  19. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  20. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  21. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  22. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  23. City Square Tyumen
  24. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  25. Strategic Urban Green Study
  26. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  27. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  28. ImageWharf
  29. Ódinstorg Square
  30. Overloon War Museum
  31. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  32. Ludlstrasse Munich
  33. Yaanila Country Park
  34. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  35. Villa Garden
  36. City life in the woods
  37. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  38. Socio-technical city of the future
  39. Buji River
  40. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  41. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  42. Maritime Campus Almere
  43. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  44. Sijthoff
  45. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  46. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  47. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  48. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  49. Fish Market Leuven
  50. Zinder Culture Cluster
  51. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  52. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  53. Strategic Plan Fier
  54. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  55. Kronenburg Business Park
  56. Dharavi Mumbai
  57. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  58. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  59. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  60. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  61. Berlin Am Volkspark
  62. The Museum of the 20th Century
  63. Gardabaer
  64. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  65. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  66. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  67. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  68. Danxia Recreational Park
  69. Campus Lelystad
  70. Proto Tamansari
  71. City Gardens Tyumen
  72. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  73. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  74. Bandar Lampung Park
  75. R&D Campus Fengxian
  76. S-West Eindhoven
  77. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  78. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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