Urban redevelopment is a perennial hot topic in Berlin. After all, this is a city with a seemingly endless supply line of projects that involve grabbing a derelict or unused space, shaking off the dust and injecting it with new ideas and impetus. Flughafen Tempelhof is an obvious case in point, not to mention the city’s copious squats and power stations-turned-techno temples.
The Finnland-Institut on Georgenstraße conducts research on the re-use of open city spaces and former industrial areas with a particular focus on German-speaking territories.
Their latest endeavour saw a team of planners from the German capital swapping ideas with their Finnish counterparts in Helsinki. The M.O for the two teams was to devise a concept outlining the re-industrialisation of Tegel airport and its surrounding space (assuming Brandenburg ever opens) and to address the issue of limited access to shared housing in Helsinki.
With technicolored models and blow-up displays, their exhibition displayed the fruits of a two-year exchange of ideas and expertise between these urban planning bedfellows. This showcase of innovative concepts provided ample food for thought for those looking to dig deeper into design projects that operate on such a macro-sized scale.