MICROARTICLE #Waste & Materials

Gateways for Regionalised Supply Chains

By: Klub Kanal

MICROARTICLE Waste & Materials
Wissensstadt Berlin 2021

Published on June 26, 2021

As a local challenge thousands of new apartments will have to be built in the region over the next few years. A large part of Berlin's future housing supply is actually planned within a 10 km radius from Westhafen. As a trimodal, inner-city freight center, the port is an excellent gateway for distribution in a circular-regional network with an existing network of roads, tracks and waterways with harbour and freight centers.

Throughout the region we find an evenly spread out distribution of forestry and places with timber-specific knowledge. Within a range of 80 kilometres, covering the whole of Brandenburg, new and highly specialized places are set up in strategic positions at the intersections of at least two modes of transportation as well as in close proximity to the resources. 

These regional clusters of specialized knowledge act as gateways for material and knowledge distribution, forming a network throughout the region with Westhafen as an important node, from which the inner-city distribution is organized. 

Ultimately, in light of new political favour for sustainable construction, we propose the implementation of more places of timber knowledge, processing and distribution to cope with the increased demand of timber, and to foster economic activity. For a sustainable and direct transportation of timber we also propose the enhanced use of waterways with new harbours as well as a new freight railroad ring.




Westhafen as a logistic center © Klub Kanal


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