Due to political and structural changes, Leipzig has undergone an enormous process of change since the 1990s. The sharp decline in population resulted in the partial disintegration of the Wilhelminian quarters, resulting in numerous vacant lots. The design of the new open spaces should contribute to increasing the quality of living and living. In order to find new ecological, functional and social solutions for temporary uses of urban brownfields, the student ideas competition “Baulücke” was awarded by the city of Leipzig at the beginning of the winter semester 1999/2000.
In total, 124 contributions from the fields of landscape architecture, urban planning, architecture and art were submitted by students at 27 universities. It was important to pay particular attention to aspects of transferability to other locations and cost minimization. From the results, an idea catalogue “temporary use of vacant lots” was created for the pilot area Sellerhausen in Leipzig.
Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) was involved in the preliminary examination and assisted in the conception, development and publication of the result from the series Contributions to Urban Development.
Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office for Urban Rehabilitation and Housing Development (ASW)