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Berlin needs more green spaces and less concrete

So we now know where the journey in Berlin should go politically. We also know from our own experience, and we’ve now also officially confirmed that it’s going to be a hot ride: last summer was Europe’s warmest ever measured. And it stands in what is now a long string of warmest summers and warmest winters. Forests and rivers suffered, agriculture suffered, animals suffered, people suffered.

So when Springer boss Matthias Döpfner, also filthy rich thanks to several tax-saving laws, casually writes to a friend that he thinks climate change is very good, model: palm trees in front of a havelvilla, this is folly at best. Indeed, this is the misanthropic cynic, the model: I suffer no consequences from my lifestyle anyway, and my wealthy heirs can travel to Greenland, which will then be ice-free. What do I care about in the world?

Climate change affects the poor and the non-wealthy above all, robbing the old, the young and the vulnerable of life chances. This is often ignored. So how does Berlin become a city where only the super rich can afford to live?

So far, all sides have had answers that are vague at best. In doing so, they often just have to look at the brochures for the old IBA building from 1987 in West Berlin. There it is already saying: we need more and more green on all walls, roofs and open spaces, water-saving waste disposal and disposal systems, solar and wind energy wherever possible, cheap rents that are not overcharged by greed, so that people can afford on living together in a dense and therefore space-saving manner, the streets as a living space for all, etc.

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So: stone squares like those around the Humboldt Forum are out of the question, any new building project – including streets! – We must obtain a total energy balance and prove its absolute necessity before it can be approved, we must save ourselves the political greenwashing of buildings that waste so much energy, space and CO2 in concrete cores, such as the Museum of Deer Moderne. Those are the issues of the moment. On the other hand, the central question of the building administration under Petra Caelefeld, whether the Building Academy building would be built entirely in Schinkel’s style or in part in Schinkel’s style, is somewhat irrelevant.