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“150 New Businesses in 2 Years”

CASE STUDY: Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

An interview with Stefanie Raab architect and owner of Coopolis. In this case study Raab will tell you something about Neukölln, a district of West Berlin. West Berlin was during the Cold War desolated, but came attractive for residents when the government offered men the opportunity to move there if they wanted to avoid enlisting in the army. But when the wall fell the number of inhabitants didn’t grow and the neighborhood was filled with empty space. Raab lives in the northern part of Neukölln and saw the potential of the empty ground floor shops. But a challenge was to convince local entrepreneurs to invest in the poor neighborhood. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of Neukölln through a course of time.

“In our shop vacancy projects, we are committed to new forms of cooperation between owners and space seekers to develop the site as needed for a stabile and sustainable future.”

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“Lese Cafe” in the Nogatstraße 30, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2009)
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“Kaffeebar” in the Siegfriedstraße, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2012)
Cover image: “Weinladen & Weinseminare” in the  Jonasstraße, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2012)
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“Live, Work and Play”

CASE STUDY: Het eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium

An interview with Filip Smits, program manager at the City of Antwerp Urban Planning Department. In this case study Smits will tell you something about ‘The little island’, or how the Belgiums call it: Het eilandje. Het eilandje dates back to the 16th century. It’s an island of 170-hectare and plays a role in Antwerp as one of its neighbourhoods. Smits will explain it’s course of time and their challenges, like the owners of the island: the harbour authority, which had a different vision for the area. In addition, the project area contained historical buildings in need of preservation, demanding more recent and modern adjustments. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of Het eilandje through a course of time.

“The revival of this neighborhood is like wine, it’s getting better over the years.”

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Het Eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium ©Mathieu LePhun
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“The 3-Hour Experience”

CASE STUDY: Distillery District, Toronto, Canada

An interview with Willie Macrae urban planner in the Community Planning Division at the City of Toronto Downtown Section. In this case study Macrae will tell you something about the Distillery District, a former Gooderham & Worths distillery near the Lake Ontario waterfrond in Toronto. He will explain it’s course of time and their challenges, like property preserving the ground floor of the historic buildings with monumental status. If they wanted a successful ground floor it meant they had to keep it active, safe, and pleasant all day and into the evening. By placing a mix of uses centred around arts and entertainment venues (theatres, restaurants, cafes, and bars) ensured day-long, night-long, and year-round use in the district. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of the Distillery District through a course of time.

“We showed developers that you can preserve heritage buildings—and do it well!”

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Distillery District, Toronto, Canada ©Mark Watmough via flickr.com
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Distillery District, Toronto, Canada during a Christmas event
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“Train Stations as Destinations”

CASE STUDY: St. Pancras Station, London, United Kingdom

An interview with Ben Ruse, director of HS1 (High Speed 1: high speed railway). In this case study Ruse will tell you something about St. Pancras International Station, the biggest train terminus in London. He will explain it’s course of time and their challenges, like the maintenance of the large railway station. Creating a commercial district within the building was nearly impossible but they managed to turn St. Pancras is a place for lingering, relaxing, and people watching. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of the station through a course of time.

“We wanted people to fall back in love with this station. So we asked ourselves: If we make this station attractive enough, can we make it a destination in its own right? And the answer was: Yes.”

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Both images: St Pancras Station, London by Ben Ruse
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“Fashion Turns a Street Around”

CASE STUDY: Klarendal, Arnhem, the Netherlands

An interview with Berry Kessels, district developer Klarendal of housing corporation Volkshuisvesting Arnhem. In this case study Kessels will tell something about the Klarendal neighbourhood, it’s course of time and how they struggled with the setbacks in the neighbourhood. Nearly every shop on the main street was closed, the earea had a high-unemployment rate, there was criminal behaviour and people had low incomes. By explaining it’s solution and lessons te reader gets great insight in the improvement in the course of time in Klarendal.

“Residents contributed to the regeneration of the neighbourhood, the developing of plans and by beautifying other parts of the district.”

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Café Restaurant GOED, Klarendal Arnhem by Berry Kessels

 

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“Making Room for People”

CASE STUDY: Valencia Street, San Francisco, United States of America

An interview with Kris Opbroek, project manager of the Great Streets Program. In this case study she will tell something about the Valencia Street, it’s course of time and the conflicts between it’s cyclists, autos, and pedestrians. By explaining the problem, it’s solution and secrets te reader gets great insight in the situation in San Francisco’s street.

“ You have to take some chances, or things will stay the same forever.”

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All images: Valencia Street, San Francisco USA©Steve Rhodes