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MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Urban Renewal in Moabit-West Xu Jingwen + Zhang Suxin + Zhang Yichao A project site was selected in the neighbourhood of Moabit. Founded in 1818 and located on the outer ring of the 1862 Hobrecht Plan, Moabit experiences poor living conditions caused by industrial pollution, low education levels and abandoned buildings. Historically it was an industrial suburb, which creates a need for redevelopment, as Berlin’s economy has shifted to a creative and corporate culture. The site also contained fragmented green spaces that have potential for integration and the proposed urban design framework rebuilds a city square in the area originally outlined in the Hobrecht Plan. This, in combination with the new waterfront park, forms a new corridor and central hub for movement throughout the neighbourhood. The waterfront park also creates waterfront pedestrian walkways, revitalising the area and providing an area of respite in the midst of fast-paced city life.

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The site is located between two rail stations on the S-Bahn, a heavily trafficked train circling Berlin. Therefore, this provides an opportunity for implementation of a new S-Bahn station to provide residents with better access to jobs and education. Industrial buildings are adaptively reused to create better job opportunities for the area, and allotment gardens are provided to create a sense of community and produce locally-grown food for residents. A bicycle bridge further helps to easily connect a low-income population to amenities and opportunities in central Berlin. It connects the north and south banks of the River Spree, which runs through Berlin’s centre and forms the spine of much of Berlin’s commercial development.

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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