Urban Open Source | Urban Living & Working
Concept Outbids Cash
Three concepts re-define Berlin's urban development
Czech Centre Wilhelmstraße 44 / Entrance Mohrenstraße 10117 Berlin
DEADLINE, bfstudio architekten, Arge ifau | HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
Three architect driven developments are breaking ground on sites surrounding a disused flower market. These case studies in locally integrated urban development began, when their concepts were selected from over 40 contenders in Berlin’s experimental landsales procedure. Not the highest price, but the best ideas won. Architects have emerged as developers and pioneers of entirely new processes that have potential to change the rules of the property game in Berlin. These intelligent mixed-use projects combine commercial, social, residential and cultural goals. Together they expand Berlins Baugruppen tradition to a larger scale of collaborative thinking and collaborative developing. The complexities of developing a small city quarter in dialog with multiple layers of participants is a unique challenge for Architects exploring new frontiers of architectural practice.