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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Neighbourhood for Everyone – Conceptual Ideas

We have spent an entire semester working on the Bayerischer Bahnhof area. After we focused on the analysis of the already existing structures in the area of the Lößniger Piazza in our first and second post, we will now formulate concrete use and design ideas for a neighbourhood for all.

The following synergies and focal points have emerged for us in advance:

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Green living in the city

Concept for the development of a sustainable, livable and green quarter in the south-east of Leipzig

Übersicht EG-Nutzung Gewerbe

Overview of ground floor commercial use M 1:500, © self made

The right to the city as the right to a renewed green urban life.

Rapid population growth is often accompanied by a decline in the quality of the urbanization process. With our concept design, we aim to provide residents a balanced and sustainable green life. We encourage innovation through community and environmentally conscious living.

Sustainablility issues are particularly important to us. A key point is the coexistence of urban living and nature. Mixed uses of space are the most important aspects of successfully shaping public life in a piazza. In addition, many everyday uses are centrally located to make everyday life easier through short distances. The goal is to bring the community together and encourage social interactions.

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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+

Activities for Everyone – Creating a Sustainable Mix of Uses

“The neighbourhood […] is not simply an arbitrary district, but a local micro-world in which many things can be done on foot in one’s own street or around the corner; this results in a sense of belonging that remains anonymous but brings with it responsibility for life in the neighbourhood.”

Feldtkeller, Andreas (2001c): Das Projekt Innenentwicklung – Zurück in die Stadt?, in: Feldtkeller, Andreas (ed.): Städtebau: Vielfalt und Integration, Neue Konzepte für den Umgang mit Stadtbrachen, Stuttgart, p. 34.

Aspects of a sustainable mix of uses
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Activities envisioned – for a vibrant neighbourhood

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In its current state, the area behind the Bayerischer Bahnhof seems just like any other wasteland.

It is a large open space packed with wild vegetation, surrounded by abandoned houses. It appears as an almost unused space. People go there to walk their dog or hang around, drinking and relaxing.

But the wasteland behind the Bayerischer Bahnhof also offers enormous design potential.
Imagine: a thriving neighourhood – filled with arts and culture, a strong community bond and many different activities.

So, how is it possible to use the existing cultural structures that have been created over the years?

How does one design a neighbourhood that encourages strong interaction between people?

What activities can contribute to the creation of an active neighbourhood?

We have to answer all these questions when considering how to create a vibrant neighbourhood.

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District Contrast – How can one build bridges if there are no gorges?

Schwarzplan Bayerischer Bahnhof

At this very moment you are at the Bayerischer Bahnhof that is one of the most central places in Leipzig. Behind the Portikus emerges one of the most spectacular, new architecture projects. Follow us on our journey through time, the neighbouring districts and its contrasts.

The past

1893, the rattling of the locomotives over the steel of the rails, booms in the ears. Somewhere a foreman shouts instructions into a crowd of people. Steam hisses from the boilers of the huge steam engines. The heat of the coal fires continues to burn in the hearts of the stokers. Stronger, faster, further, the pantheon of an industrialized society. The Bayerische Bahnhof in its heyday.

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