What is special about the new Berlin residential district WATERKANT in Spandau?
Neighborhood development is urban planning on a small scale. Everything that is important in the development of a city must also be considered here. In order for a neighborhood to do justice to the whole diversity of today's society, different age and interest groups have to be found in it. In addition, all levels must mesh. Ordered, but not too ordered. That's the formula that makes neighborhoods worth living - and our society a bit better.
What was important to you in the implementation?
The question of the social utopia. The way we want to live together today and in the future. The emphasis is on social responsibility and social interaction. But questions of ecology and mobility are also gaining importance. Lodgings like WATERKANT Berlin are ideal for implementing innovative solutions. For example, better energy and mobility concepts, but also new forms of participation and social interaction.
Which models did you follow?
Anyone who deals with social housing quickly comes to the exemplary social settlements of the twenties: Uncle Tom's hut, the horseshoe settlement or the residential city of Carl Legien are outstanding examples of building for a better world. We want to translate the approaches from that time into the here and now and tomorrow. By redefining it with the knowledge of today. Because today we know so much more about good coexistence, functioning neighborhoods and sustainable urban development. If we use this knowledge responsibly, the new district on the Oberhavel can succeed especially well.