Strategies for the Socio-Ecological Improvement of the Spree in Osthafen

Jan Colomer López

Jakob Kukula (SpreeBerlin)

Oktober / October - 2022

Universität der Künste Berlin

Master of Arts


The Spree harbours a unique diversity of life, but is also one of the most threatened ecosystems in Berlin. In order to allow the city to expand, marshy spaces were filled with sand, the river was straightened, dams and locks changed its natural flow and channels connected it to the city. The Spree and its banks are areas characterised by a diversity of(partly contradictory)interests in terms of accessibility, management and surface water uses. In order to realise the full potential of the Spree, new uses and management models must be developed. The Osthafen is one of the areas in Berlin with the greatest potential for improvement. This project provides development strategies and targeted urban interventions that show how the Spree,in the context of Osthafen,could become more ecologically valuable and socially inclusive, for the benefit of Berlin inhabitants, humans and non humans alike.