Spree-Park Konkret & Kulturpark Berlin Think Tank
Kulturpark: Think Tank & Temporary Public Art
Berlin's Plänterwald forest houses an abandoned amusement park along the Spree river in the east of the city. Efforts to restructure the 70.5 acre site at an idyllic stretch of the river Spree were unsuccessful due to the complex circumstances. An international collaborative team comprised of Berlin and U.S. creatives initiated Kulturpark. The project consisted of a joint effort to provide a platform of communication about the Spree-Park that engaged administrators, planners, landscape architects, art/cultural professionals and artists. The Urban Culture Institute organized an international think tank to develop a vision for the future of Spreepark, which ran parallel to the Kulturpark series of temporary public art projects and performances surrounding the property.
In June 2012, over 30 decision makers and experts in the areas of urban and cultural planning met at Treptow city hall to envision a future for the family amusement park Spree-Park Plänterwald, which has been closed since 2001. District mayor Oliver Igel was honorary chair of the event. A holistic and site-based approach formed the basis of the initiative.
In spring 2014, the City of Berlin reacquired the rights to the Spree-Park Plänterwald, thus paving the way for new private investment and a successful, sustainable cultural framework for the park. The concept for reopened park is inspired by Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, which celebrates the industrial heritage of the site, presenting decaying buildings as contemporary archeological ruins (see Berliner Zeitung, October 19, 2015). This idea was introduced by Christina Lanzl and the Kulturpark team during the think tank and is referenced in the Spreepark Executive Summary.
The Kulturpark Team is comprised of Christina Lanzl and Dieta Dixt of the Urban Culture Institute, Berlin, Stephanie Sherman and George Scheer of Elsewhere, Greensboro/USA, Anthony Spinello and Agustina Woodgate of Spinello Projects, Miami/USA, and Rene Tettenborn of the Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde.
Download project documents:
• Think Tank Participant List
• Spreepark Executive Summary (in English) & Zusammenfassung (in German)
• Kulturpark Temporary Art Project (Selection)
• Planning Framework (in German) by Berlin landscape architects/planners
• Kulturpark: Kunst als partizipatives Forschungsprojekt im urbanen Raum
(in German) by Christina Lanzl, a DMY International Design Festival presentation, held on June 9, 2012 at Berlin's Tempelhof convention center, which provides an overview, organizational structure and project synopsis, along with case studies of past projects completed for the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
In a public-private partnership, Grün Berlin as the new steward of Spreepark, is managing the process of developing a new vision. The landscape architecture firm Latz + Partner won the competition to develop the master plan and is leading the redesign of a new cultural park. Grün Berlin offers documentation of the Spreepark and the master planning process in English and in German.
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