I work with spaces, people, processes. I am interested in the complexity of cities, in housing, mobility and public space.
Background: I have been working in urbanist projects, doing so with different organizations, and since 2016, together with two colleagues as 'BAO'.
Being rooted in both Psychology and Urban Design, I closely collaborated with 'More Than Shelters' for the last two years, e.g. designing and initiating spatial solutions in the field of refugee integration in Germany. Besides, I set up a game for civic neighborhood participation and other projects alike.
As a freelancer, I accompany and facilitate teams in their learning of human-centered design methodologies (also in "non-design spheres"). Together with my colleagues at the collective 'What Would Harry Do?', I co-designed and ran countless workshops and developed conceptual designs in the fields of urban mobility and public space.
Planning and design research projects
as part of BAO office
In close collaboration with More Than Shelters (MTS, Berlin/Hamburg) and together with two colleagues, I initiated and built up the organization's planning office with its interdisciplinary team.
Together, we executed planning and design projects in different scopes in 2016/17.
Below, three BAO projects will be briefly outlined (more information in the respective download documents):
1/3: Vision and master plan for the former airport Tempelhof, Berlin, as arrival center and emergency center for refugees (2016).
2/3: Innovative integration projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (study about projects in the realm “space + integration + innovation”, 2017)
3/3: Holistic concept for an integrational hub in the North of Berlin. (feasibility study, urban design, process plan)
Application and initiation of design processes: designing and facilitating workshops and projects
SCHILLERKIEZ. A sensitive and open-ended concept for future forms of living, housing and working
"Housing in Berlin – affordable for all" was the title of this studio in which innovative and relatively cost-efficient housing typologies were developed for the edge of Berlin's former Tempelhof airfield (in the middle of the city, neighboring Berlin-Neukölln).
The concept and its design respect the existing Schillerkiez neighborhood with it's 'Gründerzeit' perimeter blocks. The style and dimensions of these blocks are continued in the new developments. Through a plateau, the new housing area docks onto the existing whereas commercial use of the space within the plateau helps to realize low costs in the new housings. The edge between housing and open field remains distinct, while housing typologies and courtyards will fulfill future societal needs.
The proposal was developed in an architecture/urban design studio with Prof. Jörg Stollmann at TU Berlin.
Team members: Franziska Ebeler, Paul Klever, Antje Kühm,
Fritz Neukirchen, Florian Strenge
MUNICH METROBOLISM – a metabolic strategy for space, infrastructures and development of Munich's East
A holistic spatial design for the area of Munich-Haidhausen and Ostbahnhof was developed after intense analysis of existing metabolic spatial strategies and theoretical research on the topic.
City is metabolism and within, humans are an important part of the whole. Existing material flows are shown in a transparent way or if possible re-organized for cycles. This means integrating processes, but also to de-centralize in smaller portions or to centralize infrastructures.
The proposal was developed together by three teams of a total of nine collaborators, supervised by Prof. Undine Giseke, landscape planning, TU Berlin.
Urban research, neighborhood and public space observations and small-scale interventions
Over the last years, I undertook qualitative urban research with either an urban design, sociologic or anthropologic / observational focus. I am fascinated by aiming at understanding life and processes in public space. How does built environment and form influence human interactions? And how is the influence vice-versa?
The three projects below are to give an insight into some of the work in this area:
1/3: Contribution to "Espacio Público. Aprendiendo en la Plaza Urbana" – spatial analysis of four squares in Mexico city. (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, Ciudad de México)
2/3: Analysis of a town square in a radpidly changing neighborhood, Berlin. (TU Berlin, Institute for Sociology)
3/3: International urban design workshops. (e.g. here: working with a historic alley in Ghalamestan neighborhood, Tehran, and its residents)
(C) Florian Strenge 2018
"PLAY THE KIEZ", a planning game
for neighborhood participation
What would happen if citizens were able to easily contribute to planning projects? If they could reflect about what happens in their neighborhood through game elements?
This participatory game is the initative of young Berliners who work with urban issues professionally or passionately in their freetime.
It's a game-based tool to trigger reflections about urban development, to start discussions, to realize active participation processes.
"Spiel den Kiez" exhibited at berlin unlimited (urban arts festival 2014).
To see more about me and some of the projects / work I have been part of:
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The projects undertaken comprise of these activities:
# design proposal
# spatial research
# participation/urban co-creation
# stakeholder process
# vision/concept development
Feel free to contact me,
I am happy to get in touch.
(C) Florian Strenge 2018