Ein Platz für die Marie - A Place for the Marie

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): District of Berlin-Pankow
  • Contact person: Dipl. Ing. Birgit Wend, wend@stern-berlin.de
  • Year of implementation: 1999
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Berlin
  • Town: Berlin-Pankow
  • Size of area: 1000 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: 200000 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • EU fonds: Information not found EUR
    • national: Information not found EUR
    • regional: 200000 EUR
    • other: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • EU fonds: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernization); Local residents
    • national: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernization); Local residents
    • regional: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernization); Local residents
    • other: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernization); Local residents
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The project idea was developed by the Civic Association Winsstraße. Berlin Pankow agreed to spend 200,000 euros to create a green park on a demolition site. The S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernisation) was responsible for the project implementation together with the ‘Amt für Umwelt und Natur (Office for Environment and Nature) and the Civic Association Winsstraße. Several planning workshops were held together with six landscape planning offices and local residents before the area was transformed into a green park. The Federal Labour Office paid unemployed people to work on the landscape gardening.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not applicable.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. Prenzlauer Berg is a residential area where public places are rare. Because of the demolition of a rescue department, a huge wasteland area emerged so that local initiatives developed the idea to use the area as a meeting place. The idea was mainly promoted by the Civic Association Winsstraße and two partners: The S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin (Society for Careful City Modernisation) and the Office for Environment and Nature, Prenzlauer Berg. The project partners involved as many local residents as possible and people helped to transform the demolition site into a green park.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The Place for the Marie improved the attractiveness of the surrounding district and an initiative for the construction of family friendly apartments in the immediate vicinity to the place was founded. The Place for the Marie can be regarded as a contribution to improve the social cohesion within the district due to the fact that people, especially families with children, have a place to spend their leisure time now.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. Yes. The district was lacking of playgrounds and leisure facilities. While other districts have various neighbourhood squares, the residential area around Winsstraße had no meeting point. The Place for the Marie improved the attractiveness of the residential area and the life of the local community.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. The project won several prizes: the Gustav-Meyer Prize in 1999, the prize of the Socially Integrative City in 2000 and a prize for a child friendly modernisation in the course of the German and European Urban Development in 2004.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.werkstatt-stadt.de/en/projects/11/