not awarded
Phase 2
not awarded
Phase 2

2070: Berlin and Brandenburg Have Been Climate Neutral for Twenty Years

Second Phase, Short- and Longlisted Entries


Christoph Kohl Stadtplaner Architekten GmbH
Location: Berlin
Team: Cailin Nikel-Zueger, You Shing Soh, Michael Diestelkamp, Capucine Serennes, Daniela Horn,
Abdu Sariyildiz
Landscape planning: Fugmann Janotta und Partner mbB

Sub-area 1 – ‘Urban Density and an Expanded Underground Network’: Landsberger Allee

Sub-area 2 – ‘on the outskirts of Berlin, Green Wedge’: ­Lichtenrade / Rangsdorf

Sub-area 3 – ‘Away from the outer Suburbs’:

Entrant‘s description

A city administration should be as extensive as the entire functionally connected urban space. The formation of Greater Berlin in 1920 was for this reason an important and essential step. The costs of CO2 emissions are passed on to future generations, so energy prices today are low and driving a car disproportionately cheap. Too few homes are being built in Berlin, so real-estate prices per square metre are much higher than in the Brandenburg countryside. Large sums of money are being spent on infrastructure for cars; this stimulates further suburbanisation. The combination of non-sustainable-­energy pricing and construction of housing and infrastructure in the wrong places is making Berlin and Brandenburg increasingly interconnected. A sustainable world has compact, liveable cities and plenty of room for nature. Such cities are not compatible with unrestricted automobility. Abundant room for nature is not compatible with urban sprawl or with countryside permeated with infrastructure. Berlin’s sprawl into Brandenburg is undesirable; it must be resisted. A CO2 tax should make today’s car-users pay for future costs that they cause. Suitable homes need to be built in Berlin in quantities sufficient to ensure that the price per square metre falls to the level of prices in the outlying suburbs. Investment in mobility should, at all costs, benefit cyclists and public transport.