The Mellowpark

The Mellowpark. A joint project of the alliens e.V. and the Mellowpark e.V., located in the southeast of Berlin. It was first offered to all eins e.V. as an alternative site for the youth center in the Allende district, which was about to close. Hence, it offers space for a variety of sporting activities. The idea grew and transformed the site in partnership with the local youth. It became a youth-work model. The youth club became a center for skateboard and BMX culture that enjoys international reputation as sports has a major role in this development. Mellowpark’s programme continually expanded. They have a skateboard course, dirt jumps, streetball field, and a family park, several enterprises evolved out of the youth’s involvement. It then operates a hostel, produces two scene magazines, and employs several people in a ramp construction. The programme was always tolerated by the officials as temporary solution hence, the new planning did not go smoothly as the shift from temporary user to official tenant has been restricted by numerous permits and planning requirements. Building permits, are bound to the current land-use plan, which allows the site to be used for sport purposes only. The new planning could not be established. In this situation, a new planning strategy had to be develop that does justice to both sides.
A practice that not only focuses on what is plannable but includes what is not plannable. In this case study what is not plannable stands for the positive outcome that influenced the local communities and the success it had in making an impact to the neighbourhood. The unexpected outcomes reminded users that they should not be seen as only space consumer but could have a say and reclaim their right for the production of space.
There is always contradiction between real estate agencies and creative users. Here is when agencies could come into play. They could act as translators and in this way overcome the ‘cultural difference’ between subculture and real estate industry. ‘Cultural difference’ whereby some owners are still yet unable to grasp the concept of temporary space and in that sense unable to see the benefits for themselves and for the space.
In the context of Berlin the main party that contributed to the urban regeneration are the Berlin Senate, department for urban development, department for the economy, local agencies, non-profit organization, private property owners and the interested creative user.