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The City Has a Future

Authors 
Harald Bodenschatz

Published on the site of the Goethe Institute.

The city is back on the agenda of the chattering classes - not just in science and culture, but also in the press. There is talk of an 'urban renaissance', of a 'triumph of the city' even.

There are also unmistakable signs of well-heeled social groups returning to the city centres as workers, shoppers, residents and visitors. New pedestrian-friendly, attractive public spaces are becoming adventure zones, offering a stage to 'creative types'.

Berlin in Transformation: Strategic Approaches to Urban Development

The Senator for Urban Development, Ms. Ingeborg Junge-Reyer, reinstated the Stadtforum in 2004 as a forum for public discussion of urban development strategies and as an instrument of political consultations. For the preparation and evaluation of the forums with the thematic emphasis “Stadtforum Berlin 2020” (2004-2006) an academic council was established. The members are Prof. Dr. Harald Bodenschatz, Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Prof. Undine Giseke and Prof. Dr. Michael Krautzberger. The preliminary report at hand is directed toward politics and public administration as well as to business and society as a whole. It is not the council’s intention to simply reiterate the results and experiences gained from the forums in detail. These are to be intensified into a strategic approach which aims to render the city sustainable with regard to societal and economic transformation.