Lanschaftszeichen – Landscape Signs

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Prize of the national funding programme Urban Restructuring East
  • Contact person: Dr Ingeborg Beer, info@stadtforschung-berlin.de
  • Year of implementation: 2007
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Brandenburg
  • Town: Schwedt
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • national: Prize of the national funding programme Urban Restructuring East; National Programme LOS (Local Capital for Social purposes)
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.

      Within the project, slabs of former prefabricated houses were transformed into pieces of art. The slabs were painted by school children and installed on the area of a former secondary school that was located in a housing district. The housing district was affected by large urban regeneration and demolition acitivities. For this reason, the signs were designed to establish a place for people where they can refelect about the changing processes that took place in their district. Four of the slabs were former door elements to convey the message ‚we have to go through this changing process‘ and another one was made out of a window element to draw peoples attention to the future.

    2. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).

      The project does not change the function of a structure from the era of socialism but it’s an initiative where parts of a prefabricated building were transformed into artworks after the demolition of the houses took place. The artworks were installed on a wasteland area in a residential district to become a meeting and discussion point about the large changes that took place with regard to urban regeneration.

    III. SUPPLEMENT

    The City of Schwedt/Oder was a centre of the chemicals and paper industry and was steadily growing during the socialist era. While in the 1960s the population consisted of around 9,000 inhabitants, this number increased up to 54,000 inhabitants in 1980. After the reunfication the population began to shrink for around 27% and the area was affected by the increase of the unemployment rate. At the end of the 1990s the municipality made the decision to demolish the vacant housing stock and to participate in Germany’s largest funding programme Urban Restructuring East. Mainly affected by the loss of population and therefore by the demolition acitivities was the district Am Waldrand. But demolition should come along with other regeneration and enhancement activities and so the district Am Waldrand was also funded under to Socially Integrative City programme. With this kind of funding, neighbourhood scale projects could have been implemented to improve the well-being of the local inhabitants. The above mentioned project can be regarded as a link between the different acitivities: It is a neighbourhood scale project that focusses on the demolition of the housing stock.

    Web site: www.schwedt.eu/cms/detail.php/land_bb_boa_01.c.58897.de?_lang=en