FONDS
ARCOSTRASSE

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Affordable neighbourhoods through barter

We all need a place to stay but how do we want to live? The project “Fonds Arcostraße” aspires to combine the construction of living, working and community spaces with the development of a liveable neighbourhood. The values of the “good” city life – short distances, mixed uses, social diversity, local economic cycles and increased communication and multifunctionality – are redefined and brought into balance with the monetary values of real estate marketing.

To achieve this, we propose the creation of a fund at neighbourhood level, which consists of spatial, financial, legal and human resources and acts as a trigger, encouraging local property owners, shop keepers, public institutions, recently arrived students or on-site activists to start bartering.

The proposed project uses barter and secures the income of the fund: An extension of the publicly used sport areas at the ground floor of a building can be exchanged for the option to add additional height at the top, community work can be traded for low commercial rents. On the upper floors, a broad mix of uses caters for a more internal form of bartering and property ownership likewise subsidising affordable rents. Via a “city tax”, a monthly contribution paid by tenants and owners linked to the area they use, money flows back into the fund.

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IdeAS COMPETITION URBAN LIVING AWARD: NEW FORMS OF URBAN LIVING FOR BERLIN
 
WHERE Berlin
COMMISSIONED BY Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin
ProjeCt partnerS fatkoehl architekten
ProjeCt TEAM Klaus Overmeyer, Philipp Misselwitz, Philip Schläger
tIMELINE 2013

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