Phase 2
Phase 2

Landscape of Differences

4th Prize


Thomas Stellmach Planning and Architecture /
fabulism GbR
Location: Berlin / Berlin
Team: TSPA: Filippo Imberti / Anke Parson / Alessandra Sammartino / Aurelija Matulevi ˇCiUtE / Isabell Enssle
Landscape planning: Lysann Schmidt Landschaftsarchitektur
Other specialist planning: Melissa Gómez (sustainable mobility and urban innovation advisor), Marcus Andreas (sustainability advisor), Florian Strenge (urbanism and design-process advisor)

Sub-area 1: ‘Intersection Oranienburg’

Existing residual areas, the open structural forms in the city centre, and the integrated landscape are suitable for further densification. The authors considered the three development scenarios – ‘safe society’, ‘global society’, and ‘neo-ecological society’ – and on that basis determined suitable locations that could also accommodate a wide range of cultural institutions and allow for ecological development. The focus of the plan is to integrate ecological corridors of an urban water management system. A new urban district with extensive recreational facilities is planned south of the suburban railway station. In the northern part of the city centre, commercial areas are densified, and an ‘organic park’ is created. Smaller projects, such as a river pool, a water hub for the generation of energy at the sluice facility, and a floating theatre in the Havel, as well as many other small interventions will enrich the water landscape and make Oranienburg more attractive. This will not only attract new residents, but also businesses, service companies, and production facilities that are appropriately incorporated into the city and the landscape.

Sub-area 2: ‘Intersection Trebbiner Water Landscape’

The district of Teltow-Fläming is an extraordinarily productive location for agricultural products in the metropolitan area. Large-scale farming inevitably causes environmental pollution. Production sites can be converted in an environmentally conscious manner into a regional park, which can become part of larger ecological corridors. The focus must be on the protection of the existing biosystems. The landscape and the waterways have to be returned to an unpolluted state to make it possible to organise food production in a controlled, small-scale manner. Water is a valuable commodity and requires constant maintenance. Water storage, infiltration, purification, and distribution are parts of a cycle that contributes to the self-sufficiency of the metropolitan area. Regional parks, such as in Trebbin, should continue to accommodate commercial and service locations as well as industrial production facilities, but they should stimulate the biological balance and not burden it.

Sub-area 3: ‘Kreuzberg Confetti’

Even neighbourhoods with a distinct identity, when they are densified and when their green areas are improved, can serve as models for other neighbourhoods to emulate. Here, the recultivation and renaturalisation of the former Luisenstadt Canal allow the existing green spaces to interact. Böckler Park, Waldeck Park, and Mariannenplatz are connected to the landscaped park near the canal by networks of green paths. The proposed architectural additions help define the streetscape and intensify the appearance of the blocks. The congested thoroughfares, such as Linden Strasse and Skalitzer Strasse, remain intact. Others, such as Heinrich-Heine-Strasse and Oranienstrasse, are improved with designated paths for pedestrians, bicycles, and cars. Nonetheless, traffic is eliminated from the inside of the blocks.

Entrant‘s description

It is pointless to attempt to predict the political, cultural, or economic developments of the next 50 years. A quick look at the past makes that clear. However, there are challenges that we know will persist well beyond 2070. We know that the climate will change, and that, on average, Brandenburg will become warmer and drier. We know that this will have consequences for food production and biodiversity and that structures in the industrial, agricultural, and energy sectors will have to adapt to these new realities. Landscapes, water systems, and biosystems will also change. This transformation will last decades. It can build on the strengths of the Berlin-Brandenburg landscape. The lakes and rivers serve as the backbone of a cultural landscape that is characterised by heterogeneity and polycentricity. The ‘landscapes of differences’ concept suggests initiating a long-term transformation process of these systems to ensure a resilient and productive future for Brandenburg and Berlin. This transformation creates the framework in which the lives of citizens, including all their social and economic facets, can freely unfold and remain secure well into the future. Starting with the Brandenburg ecosystems, this transformation forms the basis for systemic and sustainable change. This transformation process is reflected in four landscapes.