Urban open spaces

The development of urban open spaces is of immense importance and at the same time highly complex in a densifying metropolis like Berlin. The increasingly scarce resource of public open space inevitably leads to conflicts of objectives. The competition of different usage demands against the background of population growth, social, ecological and economic challenges is pre-programmed. 

As a reliable state-owned company, Grün Berlin relies on sustainable concepts for the development of urban open spaces that bring together and harmonise the different demands and requirements on the basis of the sectoral policy framework. The goal is to design open spaces in such a way that all Berliners benefit from them. In doing so, we work with modern management methods that do justice to the diversity of the task. The transformation of an urban open space in the sense of sustainable urban development requires the know-how of an interdisciplinary team. Urban centres such as Platz der Luftbrücke must be developed in their complexity: As transport hubs with sustainable, future-oriented mobility solutions, as social meeting places with a high quality of stay, as open spaces with historical significance and green spaces of retreat for more climate resilience in the big city. At the same time, the responsibility of the public building owner for shaping the cityscape and building culture remains. 

In order for the sustainable design of urban open spaces to gain the necessary acceptance and support of the urban society, Grün Berlin relies on a continuous dialogue with residents and citizens from the very beginning.

© Thomas Rosenthal
Platz der Luftbrücke
Blick auf den Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.
© Bernd Petrikat
Ein Mann sitzt auf einer Bank vor der Philharmonie am Kulturforum in Berlin
© Andy Rumball
Open Space Kulturforum
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Döberitzer Grünzug
© Holger Koppatsch
Greenbelt along the southern Panke