Tempelhofer Feld: Pionierfeld Oderstraße, Berlin
After the airport’s closure in 2008, and reopening as a temporary public park in 2010, limited portions of Tempelhof airfield were offered for short-term “pioneer” applications, pending more extensive redevelopment of the park in time for the International Horticultural Exhibition in 2017. In September, it was decided that the exhibition would instead take place in the suburb of Marzahn: in light of the positive developments already undertaken by community groups in the “pioneer fields,” the Berlin Senate suggests that more circumspect development is in order.
Among the temporary projects now free of the imminent threat of the Horticultural Exhibition are a Shaolin temple and a unicycle school. Pictured above is the Allmende-Kontor, an office dedicated to claiming and proliferating a new Commons, alongside the Berg, the mountain proposed by Mila during the Senate’s initial ideas competition. Widely popularised, the Berg suggests the boundless possibilities offered by the airfield, so long as it remains largely empty.