Urban Studies

It’s a surreal experience to step out onto an airport runway, surrounded by 300 hectares of grassland, and see thousands of people enjoying the sunset. Tempelhof Airport in Berlin was shut down in October 2008, but was opened to the public as a park while a planning process was ongoing. It is an innovative and refreshing decision on the part of the City to allow interim uses to inform and be integrated into the planning process for the space.

For several years spontaneous and informal temporary use of undeveloped land has been typical in many parts of Berlin. Tempelhof Park marks the first time pioneering and interim use will be specifically integrated into a planning process – as the driving force behind a procedural and participatory approach to urban development.

– Notice board in the Park

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