26 Jun

Sulzer © Heike Oevermann

Urban Commons | Urban Living & Working

Bauhütte Südliche Friedrichstadt

Participation and Re-use of Post-Industrial Heritage

The possibilities of participation in heritage conservation and urban development in Europe


Südliche Friedrichstadt
Besselstr. 1
10963 Berlin

Bauhütte Südliche Friedrichstadt Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung


The Bauhütte, Berlin’s first large concept new-build project comprising numerous parcels of land, will soon be found in southern Friedrichstadt. The Bauhütte connects the development of a former flower market hall with projects concerned with civic participation, urban politics and architecture, young people and education, temporary use and business development. The goal is to encourage investors and residents – both new and established – to cooperate with one another, promoting a sense of social cohesion. By following an open-minded concept the Bauhutte bridges the gap between planners and public, involving local residents in the development of the project. The result is a community platform upon which participation takes place on an equal footing.


There is an increasing demand for participation when it comes to determining the re-use of post-industrial sites. Former employees and local residents want to be part of the decision making process regarding what should be done with examples industrial heritage. This process is related to the wider transformation of the city as a whole and the planning that shapes this development.

In Europe we find a  variety of planning traditions which have an impact upon the concept and practice of participation, as well as different understandings of conservation and development.

This discussion will explore the benefits of participation for both planning and production of architecture as well that for for heritage conservation. Four experts with experience of different cases from across Europe will help us to understand the possibilities and implications of participation as a method for re-use of the past.

Register: bauhuette(at)kreativ-quartier-berlin.de

Andriy Makarenko Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Tabea Michaelis denkstatt-sarl / NRS-insitu
Levente Polyák KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre
Case Studies
Frunze 35 Kiev, Ukraine
Sulzer Stadtmitte Winterthur, Swiss
Heike Oevermann Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung, Humboldt-Universität
Katy Schroth Belius Stiftung  
Booking [ssba]