Lichterfelde Sud

Lichterfelde Sud

Architect
Casanova + Hernandez Architects
Location
Berlin, Germany
Category
Cities
Casanova+Hernandez Architects

Lichterfelde Sud

Casanova + Hernandez Architects as Architects

Hybrid City is the concept of a versatile and articulated master plan based on eight points:


A. CONNECTING PEOPLE AND CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE

Hybrid City works as an “urban connector” that links the inhabitants with the 'Green Heart', a natural protected area in front of it.


B. HYBRID SCALE: ARTICULATED MIX OF CITY AND VILLAGE

Hybrid City proposes a multi-scale urban development created by articulated parts at different scales. It is spatially formed by six quarters organized around the Green Heart and five Green Fingers. Each Quarter is created by a group of Hybrid Clusters articulated around the Quarter's Square. Each Hybrid Cluster is formed by joining several “housing groups” around the collective spaces.


This fractal organization of the space promotes a varied urban life organized around different types of open spaces, which become important social spaces for citizens to meet and to share. At large scale these spaces promote the public life, at medium scale the neighborhood feeling, while at small scale the feeling of community. All together create a city at the scale of the citizen characterized by a “sense of place”.


C HYBRID CITY = MIX OF FUNCTIONS AND LIVING AND WORKING TYPOLOGIES IN HYBRID BLOCKS

The plan promotes the creation of an alive and dynamic neighborhood that provides affordable housing for different kinds of people, a wide range of facilities and mix of functions. It is articulated following the concept of “Hybrid City” that explores the mix of compatible activities and the social integration of different social groups and people of different ages.


D FUNCTIONAL MIX

The plan avoids creating a strong differentiation among the different Quarters.


E. HYBRID MOBILITY = MIX OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES AND COLLECTIVE PARKING SOLUTIONS

The plan proposes a hybrid mobility system that seeks to reduce the daily commuting, minimizing the use of private vehicles by complementing it with other kind of transportation systems. The plan is based on five points: reducing transport necessity, improving connectivity with the train system, improving the net of public bus, creating new bicycle paths and promoting a sharing car system.


F. HYBRID TRAFFIC SYSTEM

Hybrid City proposes a traffic system that mixes the conventional traffic scheme used in the surroundings of the site that segregates cars, bicycles and pedestrian circulation with a shared pavement area that mixes those different kinds of circulations in the area around the Green Heart.


G. IDENTITY

Identity is what makes a place special or unique. It helps to create a sense of place, marking some sites with a special meaning for the people who inhabit them. Hybrid City intertwines overlapped layers of urbanism, architecture and landscape architecture to create a rich living environment with its own identity.


H. SUSTAINABILITY

The plan protects the areas with higher ecological value by integrating them into the Green Heart and the Green Fingers. A Sustainable Urban Drainage system, low energy consuming urban lighting, and the location of higher buildings with double facade at the border of the urban development will reduce rainwater discharge, energy use, light pollution and noise impact in the residential area.

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