Urban planning pressures on “Zwischennutzungen”/ “temporary uses” with special reference to Tempelhof airport. AESOP – Prague

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On the 25th may 2014, a referendum proposed by the organization 100% Tempelhofer Feld stopped the official development plan intended by Berlin’s Senat on the former Tempelhof Airport. The huge space of 380 hectares located in the heart of Berlin became a “no building land zone”. This situation is a good illustration of pressures, tensions and conflicts about vacant spaces and their uses in a period of transition between shrinking and growth in the new capital of Germany. This presentation seeks to analyse critically the use of ZN made by the local authorities to manage vacant spaces. The first part of the presentation provides a brief discussion about the urban context in Berlin, between shrinkage and growth. The second part will focus on vacant spaces in shrinking cities with the pragmatic tool called Zwischennutzungen (ZN), which we will translate as “temporary uses” for the moment. In the final section we will discuss this Tempelhof case study, which illustrates these divergences about vacant spaces and ZN in Berlin. In the conclusion we will propose certain questions for future research about urban planning and vacant space in times of crisis.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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