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Blog | 29. Oktober 2016

FAMILY, FILM, FREE-TIME – LIFE IN THE CITY IS COLORFUL AND VIBRANT

Berlin is currently trending. The number of inhabitants has been growing for years – 45,000 new residents arrived in 2015 alone. The capital has enormous pull. However, it is not the only city that is following this national trend: the return to urbanity.
Everywhere in the country, people from the periphery are moving into the bigger cities. Where at first young families were escaping to the countryside to raise their children far away from the tumultuous city, now they are returning in growing numbers – particularly to the pulsating city centers. After all, this is where it’s closest to their jobs, day-care centers and shopping. In the evening, cinemas, restaurants or fitness studios are also nearby.

DIVERSE DISTRICTS, VARIED LIVING

Urban living is not just attractive for younger people. Ever more seniors are moving from the countryside to the city or from far-flung districts into the prosperous city center, where they will find a senior-friendly infrastructure. Bus and rail connections, doctors and shopping are just around the corner. Residents can meet up on the ground floor to savor company, coffee and cake.

When it comes to satisfying the varied demands of urban residents, urban planners and real estate developers face enormous challenges. It’s time to rethink the situation. In future, experts will not only need to develop different real estate concepts for different communities; their concepts will also have to accommodate residents in all of life’s various phases – while working with limited space. Everyone appreciates the diversity of inner cities and wants to live at the heart of the action.

SAY GOOD-BYE TO STANDARDIZED APARTMENTS

The result should be city districts where single household apartments can co-exist with large family apartments or senior-friendly residences. The age of the one-size-fits-all apartment is well and truly over. To satisfy all these diverse needs, the housing industry has started employing many strategies, such as joining smaller units to make larger, more comfortable properties, or repurposing vacant office buildings into residential space. In addition, there has been an increase in new construction on brownfield sites and inner-city commercial parks. This is already happening in many places. Completely new districts are conceived with this flexibility in mind.

LIFE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: LIVING, WORKING, ENJOYING

Urban living has long blurred the strict lines between work life and home life. Businesses, offices, apartments, restaurants, cultural centers, nurseries and schools are all next to each other and not zoned into separate areas. This tendency can already be seen in many of Berlin’s districts. It matches the ideals of big city dwellers – life and work in healthy balance without time-consuming commutes.

The city of today and tomorrow won’t be a place of anonymity. Ideally, it will offer a combination of diversity and openness. Periodic surveys of city dwellers confirm that urban living for most people means the chance to live in a community. Berlin’s districts, such as Kreuzberg, Wedding or Prenzlauer Berg, are prime examples of the successful mixture of social milieus, cultures and age groups.

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Blog | 29. Oktober 2016

FAMILY, FILM, FREE-TIME – LIFE IN THE CITY IS COLORFUL AND VIBRANT

Berlin is currently trending. The number of inhabitants has been growing for years – 45,000 new residents arrived in 2015 alone. The capital has enormous pull. However, it is not the only city that is following this national trend: the return to urbanity.
Everywhere in the country, people from the periphery are moving into the bigger cities. Where at first young families were escaping to the countryside to raise their children far away from the tumultuous city, now they are returning in growing numbers – particularly to the pulsating city centers. After all, this is where it’s closest to their jobs, day-care centers and shopping. In the evening, cinemas, restaurants or fitness studios are also nearby.

DIVERSE DISTRICTS, VARIED LIVING

Urban living is not just attractive for younger people. Ever more seniors are moving from the countryside to the city or from far-flung districts into the prosperous city center, where they will find a senior-friendly infrastructure. Bus and rail connections, doctors and shopping are just around the corner. Residents can meet up on the ground floor to savor company, coffee and cake.

When it comes to satisfying the varied demands of urban residents, urban planners and real estate developers face enormous challenges. It’s time to rethink the situation. In future, experts will not only need to develop different real estate concepts for different communities; their concepts will also have to accommodate residents in all of life’s various phases – while working with limited space. Everyone appreciates the diversity of inner cities and wants to live at the heart of the action.

SAY GOOD-BYE TO STANDARDIZED APARTMENTS

The result should be city districts where single household apartments can co-exist with large family apartments or senior-friendly residences. The age of the one-size-fits-all apartment is well and truly over. To satisfy all these diverse needs, the housing industry has started employing many strategies, such as joining smaller units to make larger, more comfortable properties, or repurposing vacant office buildings into residential space. In addition, there has been an increase in new construction on brownfield sites and inner-city commercial parks. This is already happening in many places. Completely new districts are conceived with this flexibility in mind.

LIFE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: LIVING, WORKING, ENJOYING

Urban living has long blurred the strict lines between work life and home life. Businesses, offices, apartments, restaurants, cultural centers, nurseries and schools are all next to each other and not zoned into separate areas. This tendency can already be seen in many of Berlin’s districts. It matches the ideals of big city dwellers – life and work in healthy balance without time-consuming commutes.

The city of today and tomorrow won’t be a place of anonymity. Ideally, it will offer a combination of diversity and openness. Periodic surveys of city dwellers confirm that urban living for most people means the chance to live in a community. Berlin’s districts, such as Kreuzberg, Wedding or Prenzlauer Berg, are prime examples of the successful mixture of social milieus, cultures and age groups.

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