Get Together! Vision for an Interactive Neighborhood

What do people connect with living in a city? Maybe you think of a place where many diverse people can live and work together. But living in a city is often also very lonely and anonymous. In fact, most people don’t even know their neighbors. In our vision for the Lößniger Piazza, we would like to change that and imagine a place where people from all walks of life can come together for a wide variety of activities. 

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Lößniger Piazza: An Intergenerational City Centre

Aerial view of the design for the city quarter Lößniger Straße
(source: https://www.leipzig.de/bauen-und-wohnen/stadtentwicklung/projekte/stadtraum-bayerischer-bahnhof/wohnen-am-bayerischen-bahnhof/stadtquartier-loessniger-strasse)

A young and modern city – that is how many would describe Leipzig. This city does not only offer tourists all kinds of attractions, but it also surprises its inhabitants anew everyday. Whether it’s a walk through Clara-Zetkin-Park, an evening with friends on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße or shopping in the city centre, Leipzig holds something for everyone.

Although rents are comparatively cheap¹ and the city is attracting more people, the supply for flats is low. To combat this problem, Leipzig is planning a new, modern district called Stadtraum Bayerischer Bahnhof in the south-east of the city. Housing, cultural and educational institutions as well as businesses will be accommodated in this area.

In our last posts about the site itself and its surroundings, we have already taken a closer look at the area. In the process, we noticed the enormous potential that the Stadtraum and especially the area around Lößniger Straße holds. Is it possible to create a new, intergenerational city centre here ?

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The Lößniger Piazza: an inclusive and participative center

aerial view of the design for the city quarter Lößniger Straße
(source: https://www.leipzig.de/bauen-und-wohnen/stadtentwicklung/projekte/stadtraum-bayerischer-bahnhof/wohnen-am-bayerischen-bahnhof/stadtquartier-loessniger-strasse)

In the south of Leipzig, the new urban space Stadtraum Bayerischer Bahnhof is emerging. It is an ambitious project right between the two districts, Zentrum-Südost and the Südvorstadt. The center of the urban space is the Lößniger area with a triangular Piazza. The Lößniger Piazza will be the heart of the new quarter, offering a lot of undefined space. This Piazza is currently undergoing the design process. To contribute to this process, we created a functional program based on our research about the area. If you want to get further information about the research process, we recommend you read the previous articles about the analysis.

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Lößniger Piazza- a social meeting point

Introduction

The Lößniger Piazza, heart of the Lößniger area, will play a crucial role for the inhabitants. With its various gastronomic, cultural and social attractions, it creates a place for meeting and exchange between different groups of people. In reminiscence of the former techno club Distillery, the piazza carries an urban, subcultural imprint. (Stadtbau Wohnprojekte Leipzig)

Based on our key findings from Task 2, which you can find here, we have created our vision of this place and this is how it looks like:

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Imagining a Sustainable Neighborhood for Everyone

the new neighborhood, source: https://static.radioleipzig.de/content/processed/3/8/csm_Stadtraum_Bayerischer_Bahnhof_Leipzig._Visualisierung_BUWOG_7cb59fd599.jpg

Leipzig is growing fast. In fact, it is the city with the fastest-growing population in Germany (Citation). The city’s affordable rent made Leipzig attractive, especially for a rapidly growing number of young people. The comparatively inexpensive rent was a product of numerous vacant buildings and unexploited potential building grounds. Many of these lots were abandoned industrial sites or connected to railway use. In our semester project, we already analyzed one of those areas, the Stadtraum Bayerischer Bahnhof, more precisely the so(on-to-be)-called Lößniger Piazza. Now we take a look at its upcoming turnaround, and how to incorporate our ideas on how to ensure a lively, sustainable, and socially fair neighborhood.

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