The Teutoburger Platz Redevelopment Area 1994 – 2013

18 Years of Urban Renewal in Berlin’s Mitte District

Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Studio, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

Exhibition dates: September 13 – October 17, 2013

Opening: Friday, September 13, 2013, 1:30 PM

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM

This exhibition highlights the urban redevelopment process that took place around Teutoburger Platz in Berlin during 1994 – 2013.

Between 1993 and 1995, i.e. after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in the framework of the first citywide urban redevelopment program, the Berlin Senate identified 22 redevelopment areas containing predominantly prewar or historic buildings. As of March 13, 2013, after eighteen years, the process of renewal around Teutoburger Platz has been officially completed.

The borough around Teutoburger Platz is among the nineteenth century districts that arose around the historic city center of “Berlin-Cölln,” and forms part of the largest continuous late-nineteenth-century urban quarter in Europe. During the GDR period, it was referred to as “Berlin’s Montmartre.” Its dilapidated nineteenth-century buildings provided a venue for the artists, bohemians, and others from the alternative scene. Even after German reunification, this area’s legend lives on. Meanwhile, the district has evolved into a family-friendly and contemporary neighborhood.

Over the past 18 years, residential and commercial buildings, schools, day care centers, landscaped and play areas, as well as streets, have been renovated through the collaboration of numerous participants. It is thanks to the commitment of many contributors that the renewal process in the zone around Teutoburger Platz has been so successful. These protagonists include: the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment; the Pankow District Office; Mieterberatung (tenant counseling) Prenzlauer Berg; the supervising agency S.T.E.R.N.; Betroffenenvertretung; local representatives of Teutoburger Platz; and numerous citizen initiatives dealing with individual projects.

Important historic buildings such as the former Pfeffer Brewery, the so-called Pfefferberg as a venue for events, a location for art galleries, visual artists, and restaurants, and Prater, which is also a venue of the Volksbühne Theater, have developed into well-known gathering places. The areas multifarious cultural offerings provide important stimuli for the urban surroundings, and are major economic factors as well. Its lively, creative, and international atmosphere makes this quarter something truly special.

Through the redevelopment process and the partial reconstruction of Oderberger Straße and Kastanienallee, it has proven possible to achieve essential improvements in the amenity qualities of both streets and public squares. The laying out of a landscape and athletics area at Oderberger Straße 19, which measures circa 3600 square meters, provides attractive new recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. This project was preceded by vigorous discussion and a comprehensive process of public participation.

For the realization of a number of exemplary projects designed to serve children and young people, the redevelopment area in Prenzlauer Berg received the Special Prize of the Deutscher Städtebaupreis (Urban Development Award) for 2003. In 2005, in order to preserve its urbanistic singularity, the area around Teutoburger Platz was declared a conservation area, and thereby became a district backdrop for the sponsorship program “Städtebaulicher Denkmalschutz” (Urban Historic Preservation) in Germany.

This exhibition was realized through collaboration between the District Office of Pankow in Berlin, the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, S.T.E.R.N. GmbH, and Aedes Berlin.

Speaking at the opening will be:

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin

Ephraim Gothe, Permanent Secretary, Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment Berlin

Jens-Holger Kirchner, District Council for Urban Development, Berlin-Pankow

Theo Winters, Managing Director of S.T.E.R.N. GmbH

Visual materials of the exhibition are available from Beate Engelhorn:

Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013 and Urban Living Award 2013

For the second time, the Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment is opening a Europe-wide call for projects for the Urban Intervention Award Berlin. For the first time, this prize is being offered in collaboration with Deutsche Wohnen AG and will for this reason be expanded to include the new Urban Living Award.

The call for projects has been published on the web pages of the Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment:

This year, for the first time, Deutsche Wohnen AG will award prize money in the amount of €3,000 to the winners of the two categories in the Urban Intervention Award Berlin, ‘Build’ and ‘Temporary’, as well as the winner of the Urban Living Award. Only project that have been realised in the past five years may be submitted. Interested architects can submit their work by 24th August 2013 (postmarked by this date) to the  following address:

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin
Werkstatt Baukultur Kommunikation Oberste Denkmalschutzbehörde
Susanne Walter
Reference: Urban Intervention Award 2013 or Urban Living Award 2013
Am Köllnischen Park 3
10179 Berlin

Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013
The goal of the Urban Intervention Award Berlin is to contribute significantly to the improvement of the quality of life in the urban environment and to stimulate processes of urban cooperation. The Urban Intervention Award is composed of two categories: Build (a realised building project) and Temporary (a realised temporary project). The prize recognises exemplary projects that contribute substantially to newly definin g, revitalising and upgrading inner-city neighbourhoods. The transformation and conversion of existing structures, new build and temporary projects are all valid for entry.

Urban Living Award 2013
The Urban Living Award 2013 recognises outstanding realised projects which are examples of excellent architecture in the area of forward-looking, integrative models for housing and living in conjunction with new innovative concepts of use and/or conversion, and which were developed through cooperation between partners coming from varying fields and disciplines. We are interested in both housing-specific topics, such as accessibility, multi-generation homes and participation, and in topics related to connecting residential projects with such partners in the urban environment as childcare, schools and nursing homes.

Berlin´s Landscape Architecture online

Berlin’s open spaces can now be experienced with the online portal “”


bdla presents landscape architecture in a manner that is emotionally attractive, spatially positioned and knowledgeable – for your desktop and as a mobile web app

The portal is now available on the internet, the first element in the Federation of German Landscape Architect’s (bdla) innovative online strategy to experience Berlin’s cultural landscape. On the start page, the 360° swivelling panorama of the capital city, infused with “green”, provides an eventful and informative view of the landscaped architecture. As an intuitive entrance to the portal, it awakens the appetite for diverse encounters with the designed outdoor areas in the metropolis.

The portal “ParcView” addressed the topic landscape architecture and its diverse references to Berlin art, cultural goods and cultural institutions. “The urban cultural landscape is especially pronounced in Berlin and very dynamic. The cultural and tourist-related potential produced by this interaction has been insufficiently exploited until now,” is how Christof Luz, member of the executive board, summarizes the bdla’s motivation to develop “ParcView”.

Experiencing landscape architecture in stories and time transitions

The cultural references are translated in the form of spatially specific, real and virtual online exhibitions with a special narrative manner. The “Berlin Wall Parks” combine very different locations such as the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, the park at Nordbahnhof, the East Side Park and the Luisenstädtische Canal, presenting the public, designed space along the course of the former Wall as a memory of the city. In addition, the manifold facets of the design and significance of Berlin’s open spaces are illustrated by the online exhibitions “Landscape Architecture as Cultural Heritage”, “Gardens of the Museums and Galleries” and “Open Spaces as Commemorative Places”.

The playful and individual discovery of a place by means of expressive and attractive images and incisive texts constitute the core of the online exhibitions. The integration of videos supports the emotional address to users and enables them to get an idea of the intentions and working methods of the landscape architects. Based on the process of augmented reality, the “story” conveys more detailed information on specific aspects of a space, such as the ecological diversity of the blossoming meadow landscapes in the Rudow-Altglienicke landscape park. The narrative structure of the “tours” allows the user to move virtually through space, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The “time transition” explains to the ParcView visitor the development of the pace in historical levels, individual layers of construction, or by displaying the before-and-after of the planning, for example at Gendarmenmarkt.

Exploring Berlin’s cultural landscape with the web app “”

The service is completed by the mobile website “Which current locations of landscape architecture can I find nearby?”, “How can I get there?” and “Can I learn more when I am there?” are typical user needs that are supported by The web app can be accessed free of charge using a smartphone browser with GPS and internet access and can then be used without any prior installation for tours of exploration through Berlin’s cultural landscape.

Successful cooperation

The plans have been supported by renowned cultural institutions in Berlin such as the Topography of Terror Foundation and the Berlin Wall Foundation. Due to the very positive initial response to “ParcView”, further online exhibitions with other cooperative partners are already being planned. For the first time, thanks to the cooperation with visitBerlin, the official tourism portal for visitors to the German capital, Berlin’s open spaces can now prove their worth as cultural tourist sites in the international arena.

Nationwide project database “landscape architecture today” in preparation

You can also look forward to the portal, which will be released as the second element of our online communication on 18 January 2013, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the bdla. The intention is to develop this nationwide online project database into a renowned virtual salon for landscape architecture in Germany.


Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten
Köpenicker Straße 48/49, 10179 Berlin
Tel. 030 27 87 15-0, Fax 030 27 87 15-55


The ParcView project is financed by funding from the Federal State of Berlin as well as from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the programme to strengthen and exploit innovative potential in culture (INP).


3rd International Green Roof Congress

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress is coming up! Please save the date for this exciting congress which will be organised by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 13 – 15 May 2013 at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. This conference is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

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