April 16, 2019

A look into the green future

Numerous citizens responded to the call of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing and turned up for the citizens’ evening for the Berlin TXL Neighbourhood and Landscape Park competition.

Around 50 interested citizens from the neighbourhoods around Tegel Airport came to the citizens’ evening at the Centre Frainçais in Müllerstraße on 10 April. The Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing had invited to an exhibition and information event on the eve of the jury’s decision on the competition Quartiers- und Landschaftspark Berlin TXL. The aim of the evening was to collect ideas, suggestions and arguments from the citizens and to give the jury important impulses for their decision on the competition the following day. An exclusive insight into the still ongoing competition was given, which is why the 13 entries that had made it into the 2nd phase of the procedure were shown in anonymised form. The works could be viewed in advance in a small exhibition. Afterwards, the designs with their respective ideas and special features were presented at the subsequent event. The visitors had the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. The jury of the competition sat in the audience.


What occupied the visitors of the event ranged from the question of the size of the entire project area to the costs for the implementation of the proposals. The topics of mobility, connection of the surrounding neighbourhoods to the new park and the pathways to and in the future Schumacher Quarter were addressed again and again. Practical ideas and suggestions were also made, such as secure waste disposal, sun and wind protection through trees and plants, and the design of play and sports facilities. Suggestions for leisure and catering facilities in the new park also came from the public. “And then who will take care of it later? Has that also been taken into account?” This question about the follow-up costs for maintaining the park areas will be something the jury will have to consider when deciding on the most suitable design. There was unanimity among the participants that the new park should by no means simply be left to its own devices. Areas close to nature that fit in with Tegel’s urban heath should be provided as well as sufficient open, but also landscaped green spaces. The new neighbourhood park, which will be created starting from Kurt-Schumacher-Platz, is the green heart for the more than 10,000 residents of the new Schumacher neighbourhood. The adjacent landscape park, which was also considered in the competition, will become part of the Tegeler Stadtheide. With the approx. 200 hectares of green open space of the landscape area, Berlin will gain an important local recreation destination for the citizens of Berlin after the cessation of air traffic. Information on the competition and results can be found on the website of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.

From 16 to 31 May, all the designs can be viewed in a public exhibition in the shopping centre “Der Clou” at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz during opening hours from 10:00 to 20:00.

People stand in front of presentation walls
© Gerhard Kassner
two persons from behind
© Gerhard Kassner
many people watch a presentation
© Gerhard Kassner


April 16, 2019

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