Development area Friedrichshain-West, Berlin

Senatsabteilung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen Berlin
Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin Mitte mbH (WBM)
Further development of the participation app to an interactive participation instrument for the urban development area Friedrichshain-West.
Gabriel Rumpf
2019 – 2020

Due to the continuing growth of Berlin, the housing association Berlin Mitte (WBM) has striven for a planning process with expert studies on the redensification of own land with new housing in Friedrichshain-West. These efforts were stopped in 2016 by the Berlin Senate and transferred to a new planning process with extensive citizen participation. Together with the local citizens and the district administration, the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing intends a cooperative and open process to promote the further development of the area taking into account the different interests. Due to the size of the area, the study area was divided into a northern and southern planning area. The planning process is being executed by the offices TeleInternetCafé (North) and ZusammenKUNFT Berlin eG (South). The entire participation process is organized and supervised through the cooperation of the offices die Raumplaner and Raumscript.

In close coordination with the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing and the housing association Berlin Mitte, the Form Follows You team has further developed the existing participation app for the use on a larger urban scale. This further development includes the integration of important urban GIS data on the basis of the FIS broker (geo-information portal of the City of Berlin). If necessary, we can display data on the nearest schools, the structural density (FAR / coverage ratio), the surrounding green, play areas and the population density in real time and show them in 3D. Each of these categories contains a data set for further properties and quantities (e.g. area size, school form, etc.). In this way, planned new residential buildings can be compared directly with the existing infrastructure and any capacity bottlenecks can be taken into account in urban planning, without further delay due to recurring planning iterations.

The urban scenarios proposed by the planning offices can be selected individually. The height of each floor can be modified taking into account the number of floors and the total area (GFA) of the building. This allows to test alternative planning scenarios during the workshop while checking with real-time analysis tools the exposure and the new building area. On this basis, the advantages and disadvantages of individual scenarios can be exchanged in a factually qualified manner and transferred into common planning variants.

The developed participation app will continue to be used as a planning tool in the iterative planning process of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing in the upcoming workshops and committee meetings. For further and current information about the entire process around Friedrichshain-West, please visit the website of Senatsverwaltung