In times of a continuous transformation of urban structures in terms of growth and shrinkage; sprawl and the compact city; and adaptation and individuality, a strategic design approach is the only possibility for planners to cope with it while integrating steadily changing parameters. Considering the increasing number of fallow sites, so-called de-urban spaces, there are numerous opportunities for them to become engines of city developments. Those former industrial sites—railroads, harbors, airports, or military spaces—are the heritage of the industrialization age. Along with the fact, that they are high-quality development areas, often located close to the city center, it is important to generate awareness of their potentials and, therefore, attract investors. In this context, the idea of “Zwischen- nutzungen” (intermediate uses) plays an important—and increasing—role. Large-scale projects are usually controlled by developers, but small scales do exist as well, initiated by individuals or smalls groups of society. Cities such as Berlin, London, and Paris are seeking for pioneers of unusual, innovative utilization concepts in order to revitalize entire quarters. It is a statement against the further growth of urban sprawls, helping to make life in the city more attractive.
|Keywords:||Strategic Approach, Transformation of Urban Structures, Fallow Sites, Revitalization, Conversion, Zwischennutzung|
Chief Executive Director, NIEMANN + STEEGE Ltd., Urban Development Institute, University Leipzig, Duesseldorf, Germany
Niemann + Steege Ltd., Niemann + Steege GmbH, Duesseldorf, Germany