1) Quality requirements in the city - expectations, guiding principles and concepts
Berlin | Reclaiming the city’s historic centre in the context of today's guiding principles and needs

Berlin’s historic centre, which has its origins in the twin towns of Berlin and Cölln in the high middle ages, was damaged by war and as a result is characterised by demolition and building styles from different eras. Hallmarks of the centre include important stand-alone buildings such as the town hall of Berlin (Berliner Rathaus), St. Mary’s Church (St. Marienkirche) and the television tower (Fernsehturm) on Alexanderplatz. In the framework of the 2010 planning concept “Planwerk Innere Stadt” and related small-scale plans, the city centre will be newly structured in line with the historical layout of the city and with today's needs and ideas. A broad-based participation process was conducted last year under the heading “Alte Mitte - neue Liebe” (old centre - new love?) to create a sense of identity and give people the opportunity to play a role in shaping the city's future. The resulting citizens guidelines are now an important basis for work on the future development of the city.

Excursion duration: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


2) Urban identity - appropriation by residents, visitors and stakeholders
Berlin | Tempelhof Airport and its surroundings from nostalgia and appropriation to
functional requirements

Tempelhof Airport is the largest architectural monument in Europe and has a very eventful history behind it. Constructed between 1936 and 1941 under the direction of architect Ernst Sagebiel, the building complex is still seen today as a monumental piece of national socialist architecture. The complex also became a symbol of freedom through the Berlin blockade and airlift in 1948 and 1949. The airport was used by the US Air Force and afterwards for civil aviation, however, flight operations ceased in 2008. Since then, residents, visitors and local companies have appropriated the airport as a place of remembrance, an event location and a place for creative expression. In 2010 the airport was reopened as a public park, Tempelhofer Feld, with over 300 hectares of open space. The park has become a meeting point and place of recreation which has shaped urban lifestyle in Berlin.

Excursion duration 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


3) Existing buildings and structures - a value to be honoured
Wustermark, OT Elstal | Maintaining and further developing the Olympic village

In the run-up to the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, the Olympic Village was constructed to temporarily house 4,000 athletes. As envisaged before construction, the village was used by the military after the games. The architect Werner March, however, attached great importance to ensuring the village had high urban design quality and open spaces. Despite its designation as an area of cultural heritage and the high level of international interest it attracts, the historic buildings are at risk of dilapidation. To conserve the village in the long term, competent local stakeholders are securing the fabric of the building taking funding opportunities into account and developing possibilities for future use.

Departure from bcc: 9:00 am | Return: 1:30 pm (Duration of excursion 10:00 am- 12:30 pm)


4) Governance - decision-making, participation and implementation
Potsdam | Guiding concepts, structures for decision-making and participation in the redevelopment of the city

Reclaiming the historic city centre is Potsdam's most extensive urban renewal project, which the Potsdam city council decided on 1990. Since 2010, the city has been working to restore the historical layout of the city using an integrated building planning concept. Restored buildings which define the city landscape such as the Landtag (state parliament) and Barberini Palace contrast strongly with the existing post-war architecture in the city. The reconstruction of the baroque cityscape and planned demolition of the University of Applied Sciences built in the 1970s has triggered an intense debate among city stakeholders, residents and investors. The debate focusses not only on different visions for the city and long-term decision making processes in urban development, but also on the significance attached to individual layers of history in terms of the city's identity.

Excursion duration: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


5) Instruments - tools for building, urban development and heritage conservation
Dresden | Urban development from baroque to post-war modernism in the Neumarkt

The Neumarkt in Dresden has played an important role throughout the city’s history - once a symbol of European baroque urban architecture, at the end of the Second World War its centre and surrounding inner city districts were almost completely destroyed. After German reunification, the discussion on rebuilding the inner city led to the Dresden Inner City Planning Strategy (Planungsleitbild Innenstadt), which aims to restore important historic buildings, monuments and spatial divisions. In upgrading the city, Dresden is concentrating on the revival of the city centre's urban qualities: compactness, diversity and green spaces. As well as reconstructing historically valuable buildings, additional modern buildings will be constructed with the help of design competitions. Furthermore, structures that reflect other eras, such as post-war modernism, will be integrated into the plans.

Departure from bcc: 8:00 am | Return: 5:00 pm (Duration of excursion 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)



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2nd European Congress - European cities and their Heritage
topic: The faces of history in European cities //
08./09. December 2016 bcc Berlin