Rüdersdorf Creative Community
Urban Design and Research
Type: Urban Design / Status: Concept Design and Research, Stadtebau TU Berlin / Location: Rüdersdorf, Germany / Year: 2021
Work in Collaboration with Azada Taheri
The project, located on a site with existing industrial buildings and history, focuses on post-industrial placemaking and creating a destination in an abandoned location. The site had been a ground for different types of production throughout history: cement, aluminum, and phosphate; when the manufacturing stopped, the factories stopped functioning, and the site became a left-over space.
The project aims to restart production in a contemporary way and make this place a production center again by proposing a community of creative makers. This community will bring together diverse makers such as small manufacturers, craftspeople, artists, and digital fabricators for working and living together. Visitors can include daily commuters from the surrounding areas or temporary residents. Knowledge sharing, collaboration, innovation, sustainable living, circularity, and creating cultural and social quality of life are among the main pillars of the project.
Our understanding of the project is to transform and re-use the existing buildings with spatial quality and add new ones in a matching character of the industrial site. The maker spaces are mainly located in the two main existing buildings in the central part of the site and provide space for creative making. They offer a wide range of facilities, including large halls, workshops, offices, testbeds, labs, training centers, studios, and repair shops for various users. These multifunctional buildings also accommodate other functions such as cafes and restaurants for makers’ convenience. Cultural and social buildings, mostly located around the main plaza, create spaces to get together and socialize, aiming for social sustainability. They include flexible spaces for exhibitions, art galleries, theatre, music hall, library, cafes, restaurants, clubs, community centers, youth centers, and kids’ spaces.
Living spaces constitute the other important aspect of the project offering variations from housing and co-housing areas to artists' residences for permanent or temporary living. The uniform grid of the housing blocks enables flexibility and apartments of different sizes and types. Each apartment unit provides balconies, community centers, shared spaces, cafes, and rooftop gardens, increasing social interactions.
Wood, a renewable and sustainable material, is the main material for new constructions. Urban farming, energy production by installing PV panels, and rainwater harvesting on rooftops are examples of circular approaches in the project.
To promote sustainability on a larger scale, private vehicles’ accessibility to the site has been restricted, whereas a variety of public transportation has been provided or improved; bus, railway, and waterway. The dominant modes of accessibility will be closely connected to the site, moving passengers and goods to/from Berlin/Brandenburg.