The book published in January 2013 compiles more than 10 years of research and practice in the field of temporary use as a catalyst of urban development.
20.000qm X 5 Years
Concept for the Use of the Remaining Basement of the Palace of the Republic According to current plans the basement will be filled in with 200.000 tons of sand in order to stabilize the basement and prevent upward movement once the building has been demolished. Technically only one tenths of this mass is actually required. The proposal argues that instead of spending 2 million Euros on an unnecessary action, the money could used to fund cultural programs on the site for at least five years.
In 2005, UC launched an international call for ideas for new concepts for Berlin’s castle area (exhibition and symposium, July 2005).
The research and exhibition project commissioned by the Berlin Senate in 2005 examined temporary use practice in Berlin. The project was realised in collaboration with Studio UC-Klaus Overmeyer and Cet-0.
STOCK EXCHANGE FOR TEMPORARY USE
In 2003, UC proposed a municipal database of available residual spaces and temporary users in order to help to coordinate between resources and demand.
In collaboration with Studio UC-Klaus Overmeyer and Cet-0, UC examined possibilities to activate open spaces in Berlin’s prefabricated housing district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf (2003).
UC participated in a workshop organised by the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau in 2003: Development scenarios for the prefabricated housing district of Wolfen-Nord 2050.
The 2003 research study investigates new user typologies in the post-agricultural landscape of Storkower Land (Brandenburg region, near Berlin).
As part of the initiative Leipzig 2030, UC joined Cet-0 and Niko 31 to participate in a workshop on the urban district of Leipzig-West (2003).
In 2002, UC developed a realisation concept for a temporary cultural use of the former East German parliament building in the centre of Berlin. The programmatic and organisational concept was developed in co-operation with Sophiensaele, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, WMF, Museum für Verkehr und Technik and others.
In 2002 a disused railway site in Berlin’s Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg district was the subject of a competiton initiated by the local municipality. UC in collaboration with Astoc and Kees Christiaanse were awarded First Prize for their strategic concept which consisted of a sequence of interim programmes leading to a mixed use development.
LESS IS MORE
In 2002, a research study for the Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation, developed strategies for shrinking cities in the country of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
The European research project on urban development through temporary use focused on a series of case studies in residual urban areas of Amsterdam, Berlin, Helsinki, Naples and Vienna. Funded by the EU’s 5th Framework Programme (2001-2003), Urban Catalyst coordinated the international research team of ten European partners.
Beitrag zum landschaftsplanerischer Wettbewerb, Berlin 2000 (mit Cet-0)
UC joined Dietz- Joppien Architects to develop urban planning strategies for the metropolitan region of Rhein/ Main. The workshop was organised by the Architects Association (Architektenkammer) of Hessen in 1999.