Berlin is a large central European city with a population of 3.5 million that has recently started to grow again. The transformation of former industrial, commercial and residential areas into new urban green spaces is a strategy that has contributed to the regeneration of the city since its reunification in 1990.
The Berlin ULL consists of a dynamic group of stakeholders from local government, NGOs, urban planners, landscape architects, community groups as well as the IGA (International Garden Exhibition) 2017. The ULL focusses on the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, which is one of the main transformation areas in the eastern rim of Berlin. It is characterised by large housing estates from the 1980s, but also features a large amount of urban green spaces. In 2017, it will be the main IGA (International Garden Exhibition) site and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
Key themes of interest of the Berlin ULL are the potential of under-used spaces in connecting habitats as well as the management of urban green infrastructure to promote its biodiversity. Another emphasis is the perception, value and use of biodiversity by different social and cultural groups. The ULL supports the project “Edible school” of the Caspar-David-Friedrich school in Marzahn-Hellersdorf that aims to provide 400 pupils with fresh, organic food soon-to-be grown on the school grounds (http://www.cdf-oberschule.schule-berlin.net/essbare-schule.html). Hereby, GREEN SURGE research partners at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) will aim to increase environmental awareness of the land surrounding the new school garden and at an adjacent wasteland site that is neighbouring the main site of the IGA 2017.
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