Urban Braiding

"Braided Urbanism, Berlin Südkreuz".

Urban barriers surround the project site. From the west it touches the railway to Potsdam, in the east the railway to Dresden and towards south runs the Bundesautobahn 100. The existing urban connectors like bridges and tunnels are not sufficient enough to bond the area to its neighboured boroughs. The result therefore is an island condition. The target of the competition was to connect the site with its surrounding neighbours, the Potsdamer Platz in the north and the Schöneberger Südgelände in the south by using the figure of the Schöneberger loop. The intention of this loop is to be used as a walkway for pedestrians, runners and skaters.

Looking closer into the programmatic content of the site, one can identify existing potential points of attraction. There are areas with characters of fitness, characters of leisure and areas with character of culture. Pitches and sports facilities, the GASAG site with its gasometre, the new railway station and the vast fields of private gardens are just a few examples. The programmatic strategy of this proposal conceives to create with the programmatic content of culture, sports and recreation in combination with urban green a new typology of park/ landscape in the city. This has the potential to create a new identity for the entire area and will bond people to the neighbourhood. Furthermore it will attract people from other parts of the city as well.

The proposal uses the concept of braiding as a formal technique to stitch and bond it to its neighbouring boroughs. The technique uses the primary existing urban fabric and the system of the Schöneberger loop as a reference system to connect existing points of attraction. Through this process a new urban fabric emerges. The threads create field conditions that will be activated with the intended program of leisure sports and culture. The braided system of the three programs creates an urban guidance system and results in an urban landscape park. People, who will be attracted by this network of connectivity for doing sports for example can run, skate, walk on specific walkways and can use on the one hand the existing facilities and on the other hand new facilities along the way.

Project Title: “Urban Braiding”
Location: Berlin, Germany
Design year: 2007
Type: Competition entry





Rocker-Lange Architects


Ingeborg M. Rocker
Christian J. Lange

Cambridge, MA, London, England, Hong Kong


2015 100 Van Ness, Urban Adapter, sculpture bench
2015 Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism, Towards an Urbanism of Parametric Preservation
2014 The Ideal City of Refigured Civic Space, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2013 Blend-es-Scape, Beijing, China, A pavilion for the Fifth International Architectural Biennale Beijing 2013
2013 Taichung Cultural Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
2012 Wallhouse, Cambridge, USA,GSD Pavilion 2012 2012 Density & Openess Reviseted: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2011 Busan Opera House, Busan, South Korea
2010 Serial Architecture Systems of Multiplicities, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2010 Tokyo Fashion Museum, Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Urban Adapter, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2009 Catalytic Connector - Museum of Natural History, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009 Living Bridge London Bridge, London, UK
2008 Villa Inside|Out Outside|In, The Ordos 100, Mongolia, China
2007 Domicile Heldt, Eckernfoerde, Germany
2006 Villa Risse, Krefeld, Germany

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2009 On the Brink, Spring Seminar, Harvard University, GSD
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2008 Versioning: Architecture as Series?
2008 Berechneter Zufall: Max Benses Informationsaesthetik
2008 Architectures of the Digital Realm: Experimentation by Peter Eisenman / Frank O. Gehry
2006 Digital Revolution: Feedback between Architecture, Technology, and Culture
2006 Calculus-Based Form: An Interview with Greg Lynn
2006 When Code Matters, in Programming Cultures: Design, Science, and Software
2005 Re-Coded: Studio Rocker
2004 Das Denkmal fuer die Ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin: Erinnern, Bewahren, Hinterfragen
2004 Virtuale: Il Senza Forma in Architettura: Di Ingeborg Rocker
2003 Fugitive Realities: Konrad Fiedler
2002 Versioning Informing Architectures, in: Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture
1998 Memorizing, Maintaining, Questioning: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Peter Eisenman
1998 The Virtual: The Unform in Architecture