Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

A wooden footpath leads through a grassy field with cable cars seen above. (Source: GrunBerlin, 2022)

GrunBerlin, Germany

GruneBerlin is a state-owned company delivering green infrastructure throughout Berlin. They operate over 700 hectares of urban open spaces such as ‘squares and parks, tourist guidance systems, sustainable mobility offers, [and] memorials’. With every project they undertake holding a shared goal of ‘to change Berlin in a sustainable way’.

Their projects within Berlin have led to more green transport options and routes throughout the city. The development of the cable car now means there is one more form of green transport in the city and many locals use it for everyday transport. The restoration of the Yorck bridges allows foot and cycle access between Park am Gleisdreieck and Flaschenhals Park which also creates a continuous green landscape. GruneBerlin has also been responsible for the maintenance of the North-South green corridor since 2010. The corridor links various parks and open spaces and forms a section of the Berlin-Leipzig long distance cycle path.

Aerial drawing of a greenway next to buildings. (Source: GrunBerlin, 2022)

Once completed the Döberitzer Grünzug will take up a total of 4.1 hectares. (Source: Atelier Loidl 2022)

They also manage and develop over 700 hectares of open space and green spaces around the city. The Döberitzer Grünzug is a current project which will be realised over 4.1 hectares. The belt was designed to rebalance the nature of the area after the construction of the nearby B 96 federal highway. Their parks offer more than just places for recreation and relaxation. The Britzer Garten host cultural events and art installations. The Natur park Südgelände was once an industrial wasteland, but now is a cultural hotspot of an area with wild nature throughout. The jury of the Italian Benetton Studies and Research Foundation have described the park as a ‘bridge between ecology, art and urban culture’. Tempelhofer Feld, the site of an old aerodrome, is now a place for leisure, exercise and gardening. The redevelopment of the space will continue with the community having an active participation and say in what they want to see come of it.

People walk along a raised footpath in a natural area. (Source: GrunBerlin, 2022)

The natur park Südgelände hosts many cultural events. (Source: Konstantin Borner 2022)

GrunBerlin’s projects have delivered greener infrastructure throughout Berlin to create a healthier, happier city, however, if they incorporated food production within the green spaces they manage, then Berlin could be more self-sustainable too.

People sit with bicycles next to a tree in an open green space. (Source: GrunBerlin, 2022)

Tempelhofer Feld is the site of an old aerodrome. (Source: Konstantin Borner 2022)


For further information see the project’s own website.

Image: The cable car operates over the Kienbergpark and the Wuhletal. (Source: Konstantin Borner 2022)


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Jasmine Cook • 2nd September 2017

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