Save Berlin Campaign Brings In Alternative Urban Planning After months of collecting proposals, the "Save Berlin" campaign hosted an unveiling of proposals at the Stadtbad Wedding. The event was a chance for people to share their ideas on how to shape the future of Berlin's urban landscape.
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Save Berlin Campaign Brings In Alternative Urban Planning

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Save Berlin Campaign Brings In Alternative Urban Planning

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The "Save Berlin" campaign hosts a presentation of proposals at the Stadtbad Wedding, a former indoor public swimming pool. Monika Mueller-Kroll/NPR Berlin hide caption

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The "Save Berlin" campaign hosts a presentation of proposals at the Stadtbad Wedding, a former indoor public swimming pool.

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After months of collecting proposals, the Save Berlin campaign hosted a public event showcasing all their submissions at the Stadtbad Wedding. Created in partnership with American Dan Borden and the magazine EXBerliner, the Save Berlin event was a chance for people to share their ideas on how to shape the future of Berlin's urban landscape.

Many of the submissions were far outside of the mainstream urban planning sphere. This alternative thinking made it difficult to attract big names to the event, Borden says.

"We asked two people from the Senate to come and address our panel discussion, but they both said no. They won't to get involved," Borden says.

One proposal shows how the now-closed airfield of Tempelhof Airport could be turned into a beautiful lake with an impressive water fountain. A Berlin ad-agency played with the idea of building a snow-topped mountain on the historical Templehof site.

Another proposal honors famous Berliner Marlene Dietrich with a statue on Teufelsberg, literally translated in English as "devil's mountain." Teufelsberg is a man-made hill formed by the rubble from war-torn Berlin.

The next step in the Save Berlin campaign is to electronically archive and publish all the ideas in the form of video clips and interviews.

Borden says the ideas are worth saving, even if they never come to fruition.

"This is about empowering people, so it's not just the idea, it’s about the people who came up with it and why. So, other people watch it, they are stimulated, they are inspired and they come up with their own ideas."