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Main Title: Berlin's Manifold Strategies Towards Commercial and Industrial Spaces: The Different Cases of Zukunftsorte
Author(s): Suwala, Lech
Kitzmann, Robert
Kulke, Elmar
Type: Article
Abstract: Despite being the third largest industrial agglomeration in the world before World War II, Berlin was faced with an economic void after the partition and reunification of the city with many abandoned and alienated commercial and industrial spaces in a compact urban fabric. What has happened with this commercial and industrial heritage over the last 30 years? The main rationale behind this article is to show how Berlin planned and developed some of these spaces through the Zukunftsorte strategy by preserving its historical sites and modernizing its commercial and industrial base. As part of this undertaking, the article combines insights from urban planning and regional innovation studies. Methodologically, a two-step approach is applied: First, the article conducts an analysis of fundamental planning frameworks and technology/innovation policy trajectories with regard to commercial and industrial spaces; second, a multiple-case study analysis of selected Zukunftsorte (Adlershof, Marzahn, Schoneberg, Siemensstadt) is carried out to test whether and to what extent those spaces are supported by planning frameworks and exhibit components of what we coined territorial ecosystem models. The data compiled stems from 15 years of work engaging in various planning and policy steering committees, individual or joint research projects, personal interviews with relevant stakeholders, and regular field observations. The findings suggest that Berlin's strategies towards commercial and industrial spaces need to integrate highly contextual approaches since size, progress, operation, means, and timelines of Zukunftsorte vary substantially. Whereas Adlershof is a well-functioning network of business, academia, planners, and policymakers with preliminary attempts to embed those stakeholders in residential neighborhoods and the European Energy Forum in Schoneberg-which can be described as a miniature living lab of Adlershof-the other investigated Zukunftsorte do not yet deserve to carry this name.
Subject(s): Berlin
commercial and industrial planning
technology and innovation policies
territorial ecosystem models
territorial innovation models
Zukunftsorte strategy
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2021
Date Available: 28-Dec-2021
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 710 Städtebau, Raumplanung, Landschaftsgestaltung
Journal Title: Urban planning
Publisher: Cogitatio
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Publisher DOI: 10.17645/up.v6i3.4239
Page Start: 415
Page End: 430
EISSN: 2183-7635
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Stadt- und Regionalplanung » FG Stadt- und Regionalökonomie
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