Develop an utilisation concept in a cooperative process

The Wiesenburg in the Berlin-Gesundbrunnen district has always been a place where forward-looking plans became reality. The Wiesenburg was built by the Berlin Asylum Association at the end of the 19th century explicitly as a place of refuge for homeless people and was thus far ahead of its time.

In November 2014, the state of Berlin transferred the listed site to the municipal housing company degewo. The new owner not only undertook to create new living space here, but also to preserve the old stock and develop it further, taking into account its current use - all in the spirit of urban development oriented towards the common good. The funding from the federal programme "National Urban Development Projects" was the starting point for a cooperative process that focused on the development of a utilisation concept.

The framework for the redevelopment was developed at five workshops with different focal points (including buildings and open space, spatial opening and connection, and scenario development). Different actors from the administration, civil society and neighbourhood were involved in the events. Five cooperation partners had very different interests and objectives for the development of the Wiesenburg area, which made the use of a neutral moderator important.

Urban Catalyst designed and moderated the process on behalf of degewo and continues to be entrusted with the moderation of the development advisory board.


CITYBerlin, Gesundbrunnen
COMMISSIONED BYdegewo Nord Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH, Abteilung Quartiersmanagement
PROJECT TEAMAnna Bernegg, Tilmann Teske, Dr. Cordelia Polinna, Berin Ergin, Matthias Braun, Selin Dogruyol
TIMELINE02/2020 - 05/2021



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