Take Back Schwani

Annika Hetzel
Magdalena Schmidkunz
Linus Schulte
Maximilian Steverding
Markus Westerholt
Urban Design

The project “Take back Schwani!” was created as part of the master’s draft “Take back the Streets!” At the chair for urban design of Prof. Boucsein in the winter semester 2019-2020. The draft outlines a vision for a car-free Munich and exemplifies it on Schwanthalerstraße. The aim of the semester thesis was to create positive and new images of the future.
The Schwanthalerstraße runs in an east-west direction over a length of approx. 1.8 km through the two city districts Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt and Schwanthalerhöhe. At the level of Theresienwiese, the Bavariaring separates the area in a fuzzy way into two quarters that are very different in character: the area south of the Railway Station and the Schwanthalerhöhe.

The design of “Take back Schwani” takes up the site-specific characteristics. In the eastern part it sees the spatial potential of an arrival city and in the west that of a settled city. These space-specific topics, along with city cooling – defined as the green and blue infrastructure expansion for climate adaptation – and participation as an essential element of the development strategy, form the focus of the work.
The basic framework for developing the topics mentioned above is the zoning of the street space in the ground floor zone, flex zone and recreation zone. While the flex zone primarily serves the flow of movement, the recreation zone is a consumption-free and greened meeting place go linger. The ground floor zone can be appropriated by users and residents through initiation processes. This buttom-up principle is integrated in the conversion process. This process takes place in four phases and within the strategy period of eight years, since according to the current state of sience this is the given time horizon to keep global warming under 1.5°C.
The overall framework of “Take back Schwani” forms our thesis: “The street space reduced to traffic suppresses the potential of city blocks. The generic street space draws the specific potential of the city blocks and brings it to the street. “

Das südliche Bahnhofsviertel 2027.