Mehringplatz - Südliche Friedrichstadt - Berlin
As target area for the EULER training program Switch On we have selected Mehringplatz and the surrounding Sanierungsgebiet Südliche Friedrichstadt. Situated in a very central location of the city, once the periphery of West Berlin close to Checkpoint Charlie, its unclassifiable mix of incongruent elements and landscapes results in a quintessential Berliner place, embodying all the contradictions and contaminations that make up this city’s identity. Today the former social hosing settlements conceived by Hans Scharoun in the Sixties is subject to rapid transformation, urban development pressure, colonisation by creative industries and latent gentrification. The purpose of the laboratory to develop tools for local initiatives will be directed at creating an atlas of social resources for Mehringplatz.