MICROARTICLE #Waste & Materials

Brandenburg Builds Berlin

By: Edouard Barthen & Tino Imsirovic

MICROARTICLE Waste & Material 
Wissensstadt Berlin 2021

Published on June 26, 2021

Berlin is pursuing the goal of becoming a climate-neutral city by 2050. In view of the enormous demand for housing, an important success factor for this is the construction of new properties in a sustainable manner. Clay is one of the key building materials for the sustainable development of cities due to its almost CO2-free extraction and processing, and its complete reusability. Recalling the construction of the 19th century ‘Electropolis’, we developed a strategic scenario for future building development in Berlin.

In relation to Berlin and its supply of clay and loam from the region, the rich deposits in the Oderbruch between Hohenwutzen in the north and Frankfurt (Oder) in the south could be used for the production of rammed earth building elements and loam plaster. The construction of a harbour on the Oder would be conceivable for the sustainable transport of large quantities of this building material by water. The building material could then be transported to Berlin via the Oder, the Oder-Spree Canal and then the Spree.




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[EN]   Berlin Brandenburg 2040 was initiated by the Habitat Unit in cooperation with Projekte International and provides an open stage and platform for multiple contributions of departments and students of the Technical University Berlin and beyond. The project is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

[DE]   Berlin Brandenburg 2040 wurde initiiert von der Habitat Unit in Kooperation mit Projekte International und bietet eine offene Plattform für Beiträge von Fachgebieten und Studierenden der Technischen Universität Berlin und darüberhinaus. Das Projekt wird von der Robert Bosch Stiftung gefördert.

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