The semester is now over!

Students have designed the core of a thriving neighbourhood, around Lößniger Piazza. If you are looking for inspiration about how a thriving neighbourhood for all could look like, click on their images below.

Lößniger Piazza – Short distances for the neighbourhood

A neighbourhood around a square that invites you to linger? As short a distance as possible in the city? Basic services around the corner?

Our functional program: The various uses on the ground floor of the buildings on the square of the buildings adjacent to the square ensure basic services for the residents of the neighbourhood (map basis Dipl.-Ing Jan Fitzner, own edit).

The Lößniger Piazza is the pulsating heart of the entire neighbourhood, a meeting place for young and old. You can hear children playing around the central fountain instead of traffic noise disturbing conversations. Parents sit carefree on benches or on chairs in the restaurant and can eat without worry. Later, they relax and do their weekly shopping. Students arrive by bike via the long-awaited east-west connection across Taro Street and visit the bar. At the neighbourhood centre, you can hear young and old laughing and having fun together. Grandparents don’t have to walk long to get to the nearest bus or streetcar stop and take care of pharmacies and doctor’s appointments in peace. People at work watch the spectacle from co-working offices and look forward to their lunch break under the trees.

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Lößniger Piazza – a lively neighbourhood

Once a decaying brownfield drove a wedge into Leipzig’s otherwise densely built-up urban landscape, causing two adjacent neighbourhoods to develop increasingly sharp contrasts over decades of division. A new construction project for a lively neighbourhood in the Bayerischer Bahnhof urban area intends to build a bridge and reunite Südvorstadt and the new building blocks. The Lößniger Piazza plays a central and represents a place of encounter and gathering. We have developed our vision of a possible first-floor design for this project. In the future, among other things, a chess café, a pop-up restaurant or a sports store with a climbing wall could be a popular meeting place for residents of a reunited city.

own draft of the concept design of Lößniger Piazza
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Lößniger Piazza – space for community!

Conception of a mixed-use, participative & inclusive space

The planning of the new quarter wants a central town square. This offers great potential for public life and community in the neighbourhood. Commercial uses concentrates there as well.

Figure 1: Lößniger Piazza & planned distribution of uses in the Lößniger Straße urban quarter (source: BUWOG, 10/2020).

We now want to fill it with life through a utilization concept! To this purpose, we start with an analysis of the requirements that should be placed on the square. The guiding principle of a mixture of uses is essential for us, as well a participatory, connected and inclusive community. Based on the planned functions, you can then, in the second part, see the transfer of the concept into space on four sketches.

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Site Analysis Dynamic Mapping

We, students, have synthesized our key findings into the following dynamic mapping. It will help us to develop a functional program to support a thriving Lößniger neighbourhood. Our site analysis of the existing environment and its challenges for the planned neighbourhood is available in full on previous Posts: on Nature, People, Streets and Public Spaces, the Built environment and the existing Activities.

Dynamic mapping of the Analysis Key findings made on © Mural
under the supervision of Vanessa Brandt, from RKW+