Dogshitspot, aka. DSS in Berlin came into being as an initiative to enhance the so called “Wriezener Freiraumlabor” and to legalise the DIY-skate spot that was going on close by. In collaboration with the 1. BSV e.V. skateboarding association of Berlin we managed to persuade the council of Berlin-Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg to let us re-use a discarded area by the former train tracks and turn it into a skatepark. Most certainly, the park had to pick up the DIY-spot vibe, while maintaining versatile and open for a maximum amount of user, being a public park. The outcome is a one-of-a-kind compact, low-impact park with a ton of details.
On a compact square base of only 500m2 DSS artfully blends street basics with flowpark features. A lot of attention went into its details: Thought-out shapes, edges and surfaces of granite, and precisely orchestrated lines made up of unique obstacles that string the park into a bigger picture. DSS is located at one of Berlin's most frequented hot spots. Hundreds of passers-by and tourists enjoy pause and watch from Warschauer bridge or Helsingforser Platz daily.
+ Method: Co-Creation
Together with our clients and all parties involved, we try in a collaborative process to arrive at common approaches to solutions that are supported by all. For this purpose we have developed a need-oriented, result-open workshop format that adapts flexibly to the respective location and the respective challenge.
Photos: 1: Scholz; 2-5: Endboss 5-7: Arto Saari
Part of the concept consisted of sponsor acquisition. endboss managed to win Nike SB to fund the build. We then created catered design workshop-activation-events as participation format for all three building phases. Special constructional feature: all grinding edges made out of granite, no metall profiles used.
+ Method: Transparent Planning Office
In order to make participation processes in public space more accessible and easier for all parties to understand, we have developed the format of the transparent planning office. Here public planners and citizens come together directly at a (working) table not only to discuss ideas, but also to test their professional feasibility and to promote an understanding of feasibility limits: "Take a look at the plan here, where should it go, the city forest in the pedestrian zone? We can draw it in together..."