Participation in City Design

More than 400 peo­ple assem­bled at a self orga­nized meet­ing in FC St. Pauli’s ball­room in Ham­burg in Feb­ru­ary 2014. The rea­son for the unusu­al gath­er­ing were dra­mat­ic changes in St. Pauli. The neigh­bor­hood called for a »bot­tom up-orga­nized, demo­c­ra­t­ic plan­ning process.« With the expe­ri­ence and the mobi­liza­tion pow­er of the broad Right-to-the-city-move­ment back­ing them, the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary plan­ning office Plan­bude is found­ed to devel­op a new land use plan for the city. Wish pro­duc­tion starts in late sum­mer. Planbude’s claim: »Knack’ den St. Pauli Code!« (Crack the St. Pauli code!) becomes the leit­mo­tif for a process that builds on mul­ti­lin­gual­ism in expres­sion and mak­ing. The results of the process are cap­tured in a con­tract and become the foun­da­tion for a plan­ning com­pe­ti­tion. Local knowl­edge builds the basis for the rein­ven­tion of the city.


Plan­Bude / Crack the St. Pauli Code


Mar­git Czen­ki, Christoph Schäfer, Renée Trib­ble, Lisa Marie Zan­der, Christi­na Röthig, until 2018, Patri­cia Wedler, until 2017, Volk­er Kattha­gen, until 2016, neigh­bor­hood ini­tia­tives and residents


Since 2014


Ham­burg, Germany

The Esso Hous­es at Spiel­bu­den­platz in Hamburg’s St. Pauli dis­trict were built in the late 1950s and were con­sid­ered at risk of col­lapse in the ear­ly 2010s. They were demol­ished in 2014—under great protest. Doris Antony (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Plan­bude orga­nizes civ­il soci­ety resis­tance to the plans of the Ham­burg Sen­ate for the site, which has now been vacat­ed. The Plan­bude will be set up on site to absorb and artic­u­late the wish­es of the city soci­ety for the quar­ter. © Mar­git Czenki
Plan­bude func­tions as a meet­ing place, a cen­ter for research, a neigh­bor­hood library, exhi­bi­tion space and dis­cus­sion plat­form. It is not only a place from which wish­es are col­lect­ed, but also where con­crete demands for the new plan­ning at Spiel­bu­den­platz are set up. © Frank Egel Photography
The Dutch archi­tec­tur­al office NL-Archi­tects and BEL-Archi­tects from Cologne won the com­pe­ti­tion Spiel­bu­den­platz with a coura­geous design. © Bay­erische Hausbau