400 m² Dessau

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Federal-state programme ‘Stadtumbau Ost/Urban Renewal East’
  • Contact person: Dipl. Ing. Heike Brückner, brueckner@bauhaus-dessau.de
  • Year of implementation: 2006
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Saxony-Anhalt
  • Town: Dessau
  • Size of area: 7600 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: 57000 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: 57000 EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • national: ‘IBA Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt 2010’; Municipality of Dessau; Local residents and institutions
    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 municipality of Dessau decided to give demolition site areas or other urban wasteland to interested citizens free of rent for cultural appropriation. The two main project partners ‘IBA Urban Renewal Saxony-Anhalt 2010’ and the municipality of Dessau established a contact office and people are invited to inform themselves about the possibility to rent a ‘claim’. The qualitative control of the project is carried out by an interdepartmental coordination office established by the municipality for all urban renewal strategies.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No. A lot of space between buildings or landscape lay in waste and is not needed anymore mostly due to the demolition of buildings or housings blocks.

    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. No, but Dessau is one of the cities that began to shrink after the reunification. A lot of buildings were demolished. This reduced the well-being of local residents and therefore the project was also invented to make Dessau more attractive to the local community and to improve the quality of demolition sites within the city. Local people, institutions and everyone who is interested can appropriate a claim (20 x 20 metres of a former demolition site) for free to use it in various ways according to their individual ideas. The municipality supports the ‘tenants’ with around 3,000 euros per claim.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. 400 m² Dessau was embedded in a urban renewal strategy developed by the municipality of Dessau to integrate demolition sites into the landscape and make them more attractive. Wherever a building was demolished the demolition site was transformed into a green area. The territorial cohesion within the town emerged demolition site by demolition site or pixel by pixel, so that the city got a complete new spatial structure.

    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. No.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. Evaluation available under http://bit.ly/w52LXX

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.werkstatt-stadt.de/en/projects/186/