Cityförster is nominated for the Federal Ecodesign Award 2020

Around 350 submissions from companies, design, engineering and architecture offices as well as from research institutions and universities competed this year for the highest state award for Ecodesign in Germany. We are happy to have been nominated for this year's design award with our project Recyclinghaus as one out of 28 projects!

The Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency have awarded the Federal Ecodesign Award annually since 2012 together with the International Design Center Berlin. The award honors outstandingly designed, sustainable products, services and concepts. The award ceremony will take place on November 30th at the BMU.


Cityförster wins special sustainability award at the German Facade Award 2020

For our project Recyclinghaus, we and our client Gundlach were awarded the special sustainability prize of the German Facade Award 2020. The jury was particularly taken by the way the Recyclinghaus stimulates the discussion about gray energy and the consumption of resources. In addition, the project acts as a highly sophisticated example of how to built differently - from the current, more environmentally harmful methods. The special award was handed out for the first time in the 20-year history of the Deutscher Fassadenpreis.


CITYFÖRSTER, BUROMOSA and LOLA Landscape Architects among the finalists for the design of the New Tirana City Hall

CITYFÖRSTER and BUROMOSA, together with LOLA Landscape Architects, are among the finalists for the design of the New Tirana City Hall. The international team is completed by Transsolar as sustainability and alternative energy specialist, imagine structure as civil engineer, GAD as cost manager and quantity surveyor, and Elian Stefa as cultural heritage expert.

Designing the New City Hall is the occasion to re-shape a home for the current and future communities, representing the values of the people of Tirana. In addition to the jury evaluation, there is also a public vote, help us win by voting on

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CITYFÖRSTER and KCAP design new cultural building and district for Bratislava, Slovakia

CITYFÖRSTER and KCAP design a new cultural district for Bratislava, Slovakia. Trnavské mýto will house a state-of-the-art concert and congress venue and the area will be transformed into a modern open neighbourhood including a series of green and public areas.

Immocap, the owner of Istropolis and the adjacent land, has today presented its vision of New Istropolis, developed in cooperation with KCAP and CITYFÖRSTER. The project aims to bring Bratislava a world-class multifunctional cultural and social centre with top-level architecture, creating a long deserved cultural landmark for the Slovakian capital.

More information about the project

A full press package can be found here

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TACK talks

In this online lecture series nine architectural firms will reveal how their work is the result of examinations of knowledge and how tacit knowledge is part of the internal conversation and the communication with others.

Cityförster takes its chance on Thursday 16 July 2020, 6-7pm CEST. Watch the lecture and conversation live on Youtube.

Introduction by Lara Schrijver, University of Antwerp, lecture by Verena Brehm, Cityförster, with questions by Caendia Wynbelt, Leibniz University of Hannover.

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Two grants for research 'Carbon Based Design'

We're happy to announce that CITYFÖRSTER received a grant from both the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting, to deepen our research into carbon based design.

Inspired by a momentum for timber construction, and by an announcement from the German government to set a price for CO2 emissions, we started to think and calculate what effect this could have on the construction sector.
Question arose: how much CO2 does a square meter of concrete produce? How much CO2 does a square meter of timber capture? Does this mean that we'll have to pay to build in concrete, and that we could receive money for building in timber?
Questions that made our clients listen attentively; however, also questions without easy answers, that needed further research – research which we're happy to pursue, with thanks to the above-mentioned Funds, but also with help from third parties from relevant fields.

Can you help us with this research? Can you help us sharpen our hypothesis, do you want share your knowledge or know where we can find additional funding? Then please reach out to us through carbonbaseddesign#AT#cityfoerster#PUNKT#net, we're happy to hear from you!


EUMiesAward: Recyclinghaus proposed for submission

With the "EUMiesAward", the EU Commission honors outstanding achievements in European architecture every two years.
The Federal Chamber of Architects BAK - and with it its members, the State Chamber of Architects, the BDA, the BDB and the
VfA - are eligible to submit proposals for the Mies van der Rohe Award as German representatives in the Architect's Council of
Europe (ACE). Our project Recyclinghaus was proposed for submission by the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects.


Nomination German Facade Award 2020

The Recyclinhghaus was nominated for the German Facade Award 2020! Out of 100 submissions, 90 projects from 80 architecture firms were judged. The jury nominated six innovative facade concepts for the renowned award, which the trade association for ventilated facades (FVHF) has been awarding since 1999. The award winner will be announced on September 17, 2020 in Berlin.


Lower Saxonian State Prize for Architecture 2020: Recycling House shortlisted!

Hanover: on June 17th, the State Prize Jury evaluated the 71 applications submitted for the topic "Living - future-oriented, climate-friendly!" Under the chairmanship of the Augsburg architect Titus Bernhard, the jury agreed on twelve objects for the shortlist. The recycling house made it into the next round! In the next step, the projects are inspected on site in order to determine nominations and finally to select the winning project.

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Recyclinghaus nominated for DAM price 2021!

Our Recyclinghaus was nominated as one of around 100 projects for the DAM price 2021! The German Architecture Museum (DAM) has been awarding the DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany annually since 2007. We are happy to be part of the longlist and hope that our project will make it to the next round.


Runner-up in the competition for 'Poolplatz', Merzenich

How can public space and urban design open up new perspectives for town and villages in transition? Merzenich, a small town close to Hambach - one of the last and largest surface mines of Europe - is deeply affected by the Energy Transition. Icw RWE, 12 offices were invited to develop a strategy for re-valuation of Poolplatz and its surroundings, a former town square that has served as a parking for the past decades.
While we didn't win the competition, the Jury speaks highly about the distinct programmatic additions and the skillful spatial organization of what they expect to be a lively space with a strong identity anchored in the evocative history of the place.

Congratulations to the winners LILL + SPARLA with Stefan Schmitz, Cologne and fellow runner-ups LAND and luchterhand!

Project in collaboration with Simone de Bergh and Laura-Kristine Bergman of Mareld Landscape

Cityförster is looking for a graphic design student to join its team in Rotterdam, Netherlands

CITYFÖRSTER Rotterdam is looking for a graphic design student to join the team (0,2 fte) 

If you're interested in working on graphic design projects next to your studies, in a creative environment, and as part of a young, international team, CITYFÖRSTER Rotterdam has a position that might just be it.

For more information please find the full job advert - in Dutch - on Vers Beton, or click here for an English summary

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CITYFÖRSTER office: Rookje Meijerink,, 010 41468 41

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Online participation Frankfurt Northwest!

What could the new district of the quarters in the northwest of Frankfurt look like? As one of seven planning teams, we are commissioned to prepare studies on urban and landscape development. The first concepts for the development of the new district of the quarters are now available.

Click here for the short films.

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Buchholzer Green is under construction

Our proposal for the Buchholzer Green was awarded first prize in 2018. The multi-storey residential building marks the start of the new quarter and offers an exciting mix of apartments. The shell and facades have already been completed.


TopTen in Urban Design!

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Annually, the renowned German Architectural platform Competitionline publishes its ranking of most successful offices, based on the number of won competitions and tenders. We're proud to announce that CITYFÖRSTER is steadily working it's way up and has reached the sixth position in the category urban planning, after our 11th position last year!

Many thanks to our great team! We're proud that our often challenging and stubborn proposals are gaining traction and look forward to creating better places with our valued clients!


Online participation Raumwerk D: Vote now!

In cooperation with urbanegestalt and SHP Ingenieure, we developed the spatial image of the Düsseldorf mosaic last year in multiple commissions under the coordination of urbanista. We took up and incorporated your ideas from the last participation event on 10.10.2019. Now everyone has again the opportunity to comment on the 4 spatial images and to actively participate in shaping the future vision for Düsseldorf! The online participation is still accessible until 3.05.2020.

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"Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing"

We are part of the European research project „Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing" undertaken by 10 universities, 9 architectural offices and 3 cultural institutions, and led by the ETH Zürich. Kick-off was on 9.03.-12.03.2020 in Delft / Rotterdam.

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City and Landscape: Frankfurt-Northeast

We were selected to take part in the design process for a new district for Frankfurt-Nordwest (30.000 inhabitants), as one of seven interdisciplinary teams, cooperation with our colleagues from urbanegestalt.

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Masterplan Bergviertel-Krampnitz, Potsdam

We are happy to have been awarded the commission for the master plan after our success in the competition Bergviertel-Krampnitz, Potsdam in summer 2019, and are currently getting down to work. The kick-off event for the project took place on 16.03.2020.

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We are there for you

At CITYFÖRSTER, we recognize our responsibility to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have therefore taken the necessary measures to ensure that our team members, partners, clients and the people surrounding us are kept safe.

However, we also recognize our social and economic responsibility as part of a value-chain in long-term and strategically important projects. We are aware that you, our clients and collaborators depend on our work.

CITYFÖRSTER, which started as a network office almost 15 years ago, would not exist without Skype, Dropbox and the likes. We have used these tools from the start and will use this opportunity to take this to a new level.

We don't want to claim that we can easily continue to work as normal. Design is an interactive process that depends on a rapid and direct exchange of ideas. It is also a work that requires focus, which can be hard to find these days - especially for our colleagues with children at home. However, we are confident that we can offer you - our clients and partners - the level of service you rightly expect from us.

We are already working largely from home. Our design process, consultation with engineers and the like are maintained without reservations. For meetings, presentations and communication we have the available technology on hand, and are committed to maintain the high standard of our projects. We will continue to meet deadlines as much as possible and will communicate in advance in case this will be difficult to achieve.
Our team members can be contacted through all the usual channels – telephone, email, Slack, Skype and WebEx.

We are as dedicated as always to create better places, and hope to meet again soon in good health.
Take care and #stayhome!

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60. ArchitekturClub of BDA Schleswig-Holstein

The ArchitekturClub in Kiel has launched a series called "Positions for climate-friendly architecture in cities and the countryside" in 2020, which was opened by Nils Nolting from Cityförster Hanover with a reflection on a number of our office projects based on the BDA report "Haus der Erde" (House of the Earth).

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1st future workshop: Raumwerk D

Under the direction of the Hamburg coordination office "urbanista", we have been working, in parallel with three other planning teams, to design an overall urban spatial image for the future development of Düsseldorf - Raumwerk D.

At the 1st future workshop on Friday, 20.03.2020, these spatial images will be presented and used as a pool of ideas in order to discuss with the participants, as experts of this city, which goals Düsseldorf's urban development must set itself and which strategies should be pursued in the future. Join in and let us work together on the future of Düsseldorf!

The event will take place at 3:00 pm in the Quartier Bohème (Ratinger Straße 25, 40213 Düsseldorf) Admission is from 2:30 pm.

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Forum Energy and Building

We will be speaking about the Recycling House, this time at the Forum Energy and Building in Hanover.

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Recycling house on NTV

NTV has broadcast a report about the Recycling House on the 11th of February, 18:35: Guide to Building and Living: Everything has been there before - the Recycling House

The video can also be viewed online here.

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Architecture slam in Braunschweig, 13.02.2020

Braunschweig this time: after slamming in Hanover for the first time at the end of 2018, the event went on stage at the House of Culture in Braunschweig. Chamber president Robert Marlow did not miss the opportunity to welcome the audience with some slam lines himself, before Tobias Kunze, slam poet from Hanover and well-known to the scene, got the audience in the mood. We were there with a contribution about the Recycling House.


Embassy Residences win SHARE Future Project Award

This Tuesday, our project Embassy Residences was awarded the SHARE Future Projects Awards in Tirana. The jury appreciated the sustainable character of the project, as well as its' architectural merits.

Delivery of the project is scheduled for the end of this year, more information can be found on the project page.


CITYFÖRSTER wins competition in Potsdam

Our urban design for the mountain quarter in Krampnitz, Potsdam, prevailed against the competition and now we celebrate our success! Shaped by the landscape, a green quarter is being created, which is characterized by the interplay of small-scale and varied density as well as disperse private and public open spaces. The historical structure provides the location with its basic order. Variously combined new forms of living with a strong reference to open space react to the diversified housing needs of the 21st century.

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2. place in the competition "Munich North-East“

The corks were popping, the „Weißbier" flowing, breakfast in blue and white!
We're proud that, together with freiwurf LA and urbanegestalt, we have reached the 2nd place in the urbanistic competition in the north-east of Munich. 
The design, which is strongly influenced by the landscape, cautiously extends the outskirts of the city and plays with the contrasts of old and new. Dense, urban and mixed centres are created along existing infrastructures. A sustainable city of short distances, with car-free zones, diverse neighborhoods and diverse green areas.

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Holzbauforum Hamburg: Keynote speech

"Urban planning, Hamburg and timber construction - a triad?" What role can timber construction possibly play in this? Verena Brehm from our office in Hanover will comment on this question and give a keynote speech at the Holzbauforum in Hamburg on the topic: Does everything remain different? Future of urban construction.

22.01.2020, 6.30 pm, Free Academy of the Arts


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Reboot Berlin, Panel „Dream your City“

What does the city of tomorrow look like? Smart, green and a colourful mix of culture, encounters and daily needs? Car-free, but with perfectly developed public transport? High quality of living with retail spaces as social meeting places? Verena Brehm from our office in Hanover will speak at the Reboot Conference on the subject of "Making the City Better" - about examples of successful urban utopias.

Wednesday, 22.01.20, 13:30 Kosmos Berlin

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BDA Cologne, "Montagsgespräch": Positions on climate change

Cityförster's position on climate change will be presented by Verena Brehm at the event "Montagsgespräch". Cityförster conceives, plans and realizes with holistic thinking and in international cooperation buildings, urban structures and open spaces for the compact, socially and functionally mixed, multi-modally networked, productive, circularly organized and climate-adaptive city.

20 Jan 2020, 19:30, BDA Cologne

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CITYFÖRSTER at the Dresden Real Estate Symposium 2020

Climate protection issues are more present today than ever before: the already controversial two-degree target is considered to be barely tenable, global climate strikes bring millions of people onto the streets worldwide, and the German government's climate protection package is sharply criticized even by experts. The construction sector is responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, with the cement industry alone accounting for 8 percent. The total air traffic only accounts for around 2 to 3 percent. In addition, there is the so-called lock-in effect: Decisions made today on construction or renovation remain unchanged for decades. [...] So how can our industry meet the justified demands for further savings? What do scientific findings mean when broken down to our practice, and how have pioneers approached the first pioneer projects?

Wednesday, 15.01.2020 - 14:00 pm at the German Hygiene Museum Dresden, Marta-Fraenkel Hall

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CITYFÖRSTER at the Dutch Design Week

During the Dutch Design Week CITYFÖRSTER took part in the BPDlab#4 design challenge, and collaborated with Fien Dekker of Rainaway on the "Smart Rainbarrel XXL 3.0 Deluxe" - an integrated system to (re)use rainwater within buildings and simultaneously create awareness. We would like to thank BPD for their invitation, and are proud to present the final results here!

(concept Smart Rainbarrel: Studio Bas Sala)
(urban plan Campinaterrein: Studioninedots)

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Work in progress: Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute

Our masterplan for the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute, Zambia is making good progress, with the students' and lecturers' houses almost finished and the education buildings going the same way. More recent site pictures can be found on the project page.

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Phase Nachhaltigkeit

Phase Nachhaltigkeit is organized by the DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) and the Bundesarchitektenkammer. The aim of the intiative is to transform the current building culture to make sustainable building the new normal. By signing the declaration, CITYFÖRSTER becomes part of the „Phase Nachhaltigkeit", and demonstrates their solidarity.

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11th Efficiency Conference Building+Modernising

On 22.11. and 23.11.2019 the 11th Efficiency Conference Building+Modernising will take place in Hanover. Nils Nolting from Cityförster will speak at the conference about the role of grey energy in the building production process and how it can be reduced by different recycling strategies.

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Kick-off "Blankenburg South Berlin"

Together with our colleagues from Felixx, we are looking forward to contribute to the urban development of the "Blankenburg South" in Berlin. As one of four teams, we are developing a positive vision and test designs for Berlin's largest urban expansion project in a cooperative workshop process.

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Lune Delta has been awarded with DGNB-Platinum!

At this year's Expo Real, the Lune Delta industrial estate was awarded the German Sustainable Building Council's (DGNB) pre-certificate with the highest award level (platinum) for its sustainable development planning.

In line with the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, the Lune Delta forms an economic structure that brings design, ecological and social added value even after the end of its useful life.

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Meet us at Expo Real 2019 in Munich

7.–9. October 2019

The Bonn Region consists of the City of Bonn, Rhein Sieg District and Ahrweiler District with more than 1.1 million inhabitants. The Bonn Region is one of the fastest growing locations for business and science in Germany. Important factors in favor of investing in Bonn are a mix of global players and vital medium-sized companies in dynamic and future oriented sectors. The Bonn Region presents its future developments and important individual projects in the fields of office, residential, retail, tourism, and hotels.

Cityfoerster is looking forward to be part of this exhibition with our Masterplan design about the development of the new federal quarter of Bonn.

To find our contribution to Expo Real 2019 in munich, step by at the stand 444 of the Bonn Region in hall B2.

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CITYFÖRSTER and KCAP win international competition in Bratislava, Slovakia

Rotterdam, 25 September 2019 - CITYFÖRSTER, in collaboration with KCAP, has won the competition to design a new cultural district for Bratislava. The ambitious project includes a state-of-the-art concert and congress venue which will become a new landmark for the city

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Recyclinghaus on TV - arte RE:

"The construction industry is booming. But it consumes huge amounts of raw materials. At the same time, half of all waste in Germany comes from the construction sector. Most of it ends up shredded in road construction. Does that have to be the case? "Re:" goes on a treasure hunt for raw materials in the city - with lateral thinkers who turn old rubble into new houses."

Re: Sustainable Building - How to turn debris into raw materials
26. September at 19:40 on arte and in the arte Mediathek.

Project Recyclinghaus

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City-Hub Bonn-Ramersdorf

Bonn is growing. For this reason, public transport must be significantly strengthened and expanded. The Ramersdorf stop connects both banks of the Rhine in Bonn, where many people work and live. How can this currently unattractive "intermediate location" under and along the motorway bridge be transformed into a new public urban space? And what impulses can a transfer point, where different mobility systems are connected with each other, provide for urban development in terms of both structure and content?

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Recognition competition Water town Limmer

We are pleased about a recognition at the competition Water town Limmer, awarded by the  Wasserstadt Limmer Projektentwicklung Gmbh and the Landeshauptstadt Hannover.

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Cityfoerster creates urban planning concept for Düsseldorf

After a EU-wide, two-tired competition, we look forward to be a part of the Raumwerk D - Team in cooperation with „urbanegestalt" and „SHP Ingenieure". Under the direction of the coordination office „Urbanista", three further planning teams ["berchtholdkrass space & options" | "must" | "Reicher Haase Assoziierte"] produce designs for the future urban-spatial development of Düsseldorf.

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Keynote speech Cologne-Kreuzfeld

The City of Cologne is preparing the development of the new Cologne-Kreuzfeld district with a mission statement. Within the framework of a 3rd expert hearing, Verena Brehm will give a keynote speech on options for implementing themes of a mission statement in urban development concepts and specific urban building blocks.

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Also this year we are back with a project on the day of architecture.
Guided tours of the newly completed Recyclinghaus will be held on 30.6.19 every hour between 11:00 and 16:00.

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Symposium on building culture

We are pleased to share our thoughts on the future of the city at the 13th Symposium for the Promotion of Building Culture in Lower Saxony and are looking forward to the discussions!

Sheraton Hotel Pelikanplatz 31, 30177 Hanover

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Y-Table-Talk „Respect the built“

Builders and planners can no longer rely wholly on the construction of new buildings. Priority must be given to preservation and to the material and constructive continuation of that which already exists – as opposed to its frivolous demolition. The concept of "embodied energy", which takes into account the material, transport, and construction energy put into existing buildings, has become a key benchmark for assessing energy efficiency, both in the planning process and in legal regulations. What we need is a new culture of maintenance and repair.

Pascal Hentschel (in situ), Nils Nolting (Cityförster) and Henri Praeger (Praeger Richter Architekten) demonstrate how this can be achieved in three completed projects submitted to the Houston we have a problem call.

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The "Lune Delta" in the magazine of the "Verband Beratender Ingenieure"

Based on the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, a sustainable commercial and industrial area integrated into the city is being created in Bremerhaven.


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Arne Hansen on the new state board of the BDA Lower Saxony

The new state board of the BDA Lower Saxony: Matthias Rüger, Petra Zymara, Tim Grimme and Arne Hansen

At the annual general meeting of the Association of German Architects (BDA) Lower Saxony Regional Association on 9 May 2019, the members elected their managing state board. They confirmed Matthias Rüger with a large majority. The assembly elected Tim Grimme/K17 Steingräber.Architektur from Uslar as his deputy and the two new board members Petra Zymara/Zymara Loitzenbauer Giesecke Architekten BDA Partnerschaft mbB and Arne Hansen/Cityförster.

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3rd Northern German symposium on recycling building materials

"The importance of resource efficiency is increasing in the construction industry. This can be inferred from the current resource efficiency program of the Federal Government (ProgRess II) as well as from efforts at European level to establish a "circular economy". In addition, in December 2018, the UBA published a position paper entitled "Conservation of natural resources through material cycles in the construction industry"

At the symposium we will show various strategies of recycling-compatible construction and construction with recycled building materials and used components on the basis of our pilot project recycling house.

Thursday, May 16, 2019, IHK Kiel


Cityförster in the current issue of the Immobilienwirtschaft

We report on the role of recycling in the construction industry and what opportunities digitalization offers for large real estate companies to understand their building stock as a huge component warehouse.


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Cityförster at AfricaWorks 2019

Tomorrow Martin Sobota from Cityförster Rotterdam will talk at AfricaWorks 2019  about the construction of our Campus in Chalimbana, Zambia. Optimizing the buildings orientation towards the sun required substantial excavations. We've used the material to produce Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB's) that are an excellent and circular alternative to concrete blocks. They also stabilize the interior climate so that no air-condition is necessary. New Housing and Classrooms for more than 400 students!

Check out the project here

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Our office in Rotterdam is moving!

From now on you find our office in Rotterdam here:

Charloisse Kerksingel 14
NL- 3082DA Rotterdam

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Philosophy canteen on urban development in Stuttgart

12 years after the agreement on the " Stuttgart Urban Development Concept" (STEK, 2004-2006), more than ten years after the adoption of the "Leipzig Charter on the European City" (2007) and against the background of the current process of the "IBA 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart", it is important to think ahead!

Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 18:30 - 22:00 (Mensa Holzgartenstraße 11)

We are happy to enrich this exciting topic with our project experiences from Freiburg, Würzburg and Bonn!

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14th BDA Partner Day at Bauhaus Dessau: Lecture Recyclinghaus

The 14th BDA Partner Day on April 5, 2019, is to take up the 100-year tradition of the Bauhaus and link it with the current challenges of climate change. We are pleased to contribute to this discourse with a keynote speech on our Project Recyclinghaus.

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Recycable - a contribution to sustainable building

The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Württemberg organizes the sixth symposium of the R-Concrete and Circular Economy series in Stuttgart.

Nils Nolting from Cityförster presents our Project Recyclinghaus.

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Cityförster at this year's Expo Real in Munich

We had a very successful day at this year's Expo Real. We made a lot of new contacts and we are looking forward to the future challenges that have arisen.

Video: Expo Real 2018 - Stadtentwicklung

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How much recycling is possible?

This question will be discussed by Nils Nolting of Cityförster on November 8th, 2018 together with other experts from scienes and the construction industry.


Nils Nolting will present our recycling house at the event "Regionale Ressourcenwende in der Bauwirtschaft" by Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier. Using this research project Nils Nolting demonstrates different ways of recycling and talks about opportunities and limitations designing buildings with recycled materials and used components in a recyclable construction.


Click here for more information about the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier and here for the project.


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Recyclinghaus – Open day

On Sunday, 21.10.2018, from 14: 00-16: 00 an open day will take place in the Recyclinghaus. Interested parties are invited to get an impression of the shell and some special details.


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Masterplan Federal District Bonn

We are pleased about the successful completion of the design workshop for the further development of the federal district in Bonn: Our masterplan was selected as winner of the cooperative procedure with four participating teams! Here is the press release of the city of Bonn.

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Recyclinghaus – Highest Point!

on 6.7.2018 the topping-out ceremony at the recycling house was celebrated.
In addition to a small exhibition on used and recycled materials, guests had the opportunity to view some of the previously installed used materials such as to see an 8m high oak wall made of historic beams and a steel staircase made of former window substructures.

From the crown corks collected at the topping-out ceremony, a wall covering will later be produced for the restroom.

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Recyclinghouse - The harvest of the building components

From the former House of Youth in Hanover-Linden used window and facade elements are removed and reworked to be installed in the recycling house. The construction method required a planning process that was changed in order: not from the bodyshell to the fitting component, but vice versa. For example, from the "harvested" window element for determining the shell opening.


1.+2. prize for the competition Buchholzer Grün in Hanover

As part of the invited Buchholzer Grün competition, CITYFÖRSTER was awarded first prize for three residential buildings and second prize for a chain of row houses.

We now look forward to contributing to the future development of the former site of the Oststadt Hospital in Hanover Buchholz.

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Living Environment Forum, Kaliningrad

Martin Sobota will talk about "How Social Performance Improves our Cities" during next weeks session on New Standards for Contemporary Housing at the Living Environment Forum in Kaliningrad, hosted by the Strelka Institute. More than 700 experts, officials, and activists will gather On May 18-19th by the Baltic Sea to discuss the trends and challenges of modern Russian housing.

Living Environment: All About Housing
Kaliningrad, May 18–19, 2018
Location: Kaliningrad Regional Drama Theatre
Address: Mira Ave., 4, Kaliningrad

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Construction Start Recyclinghaus

After intensive planning phase, it finally starts: Construction Start Recyclinghaus!
Today, around 21m³ of recycled concrete has been poured into the formwork of the foundations.

The Recyclinghaus is made of recycled (reused) and recyclable (reusable) components in recycling-fair construction (use and disassembly of the components).


1st prize in the competition "New District Freiburg / Dietenbach" – currently one of the largest urban developments in Germany

CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism and FELIXX Landscape Architects & Planners, supported by freiwurf LA and R+T Traffic Planning, are selected for the development of Dietenbach, a new urban district of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. This new district is located at the edge of the city center, covering an area of 100ha, supposed to house up to 14.000 inhabitants in 5.500 new dwellings. Out of 28 high-profile international teams, 4 teams are selected and commissioned to elaborate their plans.


District Landscape Dietenbach

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Cityförster at the Urban Future World Conference 2018!

This year Cityförster is part of the Urban Future World Conference in Vienna. Oliver Seidel will talk about transformations of Cities. He will present our recently completed Perspektivplan Freiburg 2030. The Urban Future Global Conference will take place from February 28th to March 2nd. Looking forward to meeting you there.

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Building sustainability: architecture's role in changing cities
Time: Wednesday, 28. February 9.00-10.30
Location: Exhibition & Congress Center • Messe Wien • Room Stolz 2

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Lune Delta° - sustainable industrial park for the city of Bremerhaven.

The city of Bremerhaven has selected our concept "Lune Delta° - designed as closed-loop cycles" as the winner from a cooperative workshop process!

The Lune Delta° is a sustainable industrial park developed by taking into account the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Thus, the project is pointing the way into a future for sustainable and interconnected economic structures. Our concept is strongly influenced by the landscape and emphasizes a divers and cycle-oriented industrial park, that operates communicatively and cooperatively. Together with urbanegestalt and Transsolar we are very pleased about the great cooperation with the city of Bremerhaven and the growing interest in such novel concepts and planning approaches.


DBZ interview on BDA award "max 45"

We are very pleased about the BDA award "max45 - Young Architects" that we receiced for our project Residential Crown - a prototype of settlement 2.0.

Recently we had the chance to stress our motivation, the role of planning processes and why we think settlement 2.0 is a major potential for our contemporary citites in the interview with Benedikt Kraft that was published in Deutsche BauZeitschrift. The interview outlines the Residential Crown as an inspiring and adaptable concept that fosters mixed use cities and its consideration in urban developmend processes.

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Morgenstadt: lecture and workshop at the Fraunhofer-Kongress Morgenstadt

On occasion of the Morgenstadt Workshop 2017, interdisciplinary expertes will meet in order to shape the commune of the future. The challenges are so complex and far-reaching that it is not enough to optimize today's infrastructure such as mobility, energy or water supply. In the context of this complex problem, Sanna Richter and Oliver Seidel are outlining aspects of a liveable and sustainable city with their keynote lecture "Forestry is concerned not with trees ..." In the workshop strategies and tools has to be found in order to develope a concept that considers the city as a growing organism.


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Visiting professor, University of Kassel

In the winter term 2017/18 Verena Brehm will assume the visiting professorship "Urban Interventions" at the University of Kassel in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.

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We look forward to the successful building application and the start of construction of the "Open Space" with Tim Mohr

The multifunctional event location allows a variety of different uses. It is the new center of the PlatzProjekt at Lindener Hafen, an experimental startup container village. The construction process takes place according to the DIY principle, mostly in own contribution. For the construction mainly reycled materials are used.


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Robustness - Designing Systems. Lecture PREFA Conference 2017

"Construction and reflection" is the title of this year's conference series by the well - known aluminum producer PREFA. Related to the material metal as a building shell, experts from the field of architecture are presenting best-practice projects. Focusing on simple construction and resource-saving material concepts, Arne Hansen talks about "Robustness - Designing Systems" and demonstrates these principles on various Cityförster projects.

Wednesday, 15. November 2017, 17:00 Uhr
Cavallo Königliche Reithalle, Dragonerstraße 34, 30163 Hannover

Thursday, 16. November 2017, 17:00 Uhr
Universum® Bremen, Wiener Straß e 1a, 28359 Bremen

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From Albania to Zambia. Lecture FH Münster

The "Master Lectures" address topics and trends, old and new paradigms as well as challenges of urbanisation. In his lecture Martin Sobota will talk about strategies of planning and building in an international context.

Tuesday, 12.12.17, 19:30
FH Münster, Leonardo Campus, 48149 Münster, Germany

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ArchitekturTheorieTage 2.0: Lecture on "Productive Theory"

This year the ArchitekturTheorieTage will take place from 2 to 4 November at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Hannover. The common goal is the exchange on "Productive Theory". In the lecture "Pragmatic-Visionary" Felix Rebers presents work and research priorities of Cityförster including the practical implementation of the cradle-to-cradle theory in the industrial park in Bielefeld as well as the settlement 2.0 as an innovative urban development concept.


Thursday, 2.November 2017, 18h
Leibniz Universität Hannover, FAL, a_ku
Herrenhäuser Str. 8, Großes Foyer



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Appointment of Verena Brehm to the Baukollegium Berlin

The Baukollegium Berlin was initiated in 2008 by the Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher. It advises district administrators and investors on the quality of design of significant projects. The Baukollegium is organized by the Senate and consists of six experts from the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture: Dr. Verena Brehm (architect and urban designer, Hanover), Prof. Kees Christiaanse (architect and urban designer, Rotterdam), Andreas Garkisch (architect and urban designer, Munich), Prof. Regine Keller (landscape architect and urban planner, Munich), Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, (architect, Stuttgart) and Prof. Ansgar Schulz (architect, Leipzig). In addition to the concrete recommendations concerning issues of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, the fundamental improvement of the communication culture between the planning actors in Berlin represents an important task for the Baukollegium.




"New in the club" appointment of Arne Hansen to the Association of German Architects

We are very pleased with the appointment of Arne Hansen to the Association of German Architects. Together with 10 more "newcomers", he will present himself and his architectural position at the Pecha-Kucha evening on 30 June 2017 in Münster. The Pecha Kucha evening will be the start of the 13th BDA meeting, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017, under the slogan "The city I need - the city I love" with lectures , discussions and walks as well as the award of the Grand BDA Prize 2017 to the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

30.6.2017, 20.00
Dominikanerkirche, Salzstraße 10, 48143 Münster

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Architecture Day 2017

"Architecture creates quality of life" is the nation-wide motto of the Architecture Day 2017: We are happy and proud that two of our projects are part of this year's selection! On Sunday, 25th of June 2017, we invite you to visit the "Residential Crown" in Hannover and the "New School" in Wolfsburg.

Residential Crown Hannover
Windmühlenstraße 3, 30159 Hannover
guided tours: 13:00 and 14:00
more information

New School Wolfsburg
Heinrich-Heine-Straße 36, 38440 Wolfsburg
guided tours: 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30
more information


BDA Award for the Residential Crown - an experimental housing project for level of settlement 2.0

Cityförster wins BDA Award max45 - Young Architects in Lower Saxony for the Residential Crown - an experimental housing project for level of settlement 2.0. As an extension of the car park the project densifies the city centre with penthouses in a first class location and enhances the commercial district of Hanover with additional functions. This transformation of the car park that was in need of redevelopment increases the resilience of the property for the future and provides new apartments without sealing additional surfaces. On Architecture Day on June 25, 2017 the Residential Crown we invite you to visit the Residential Crown on Windmühlenstraße in Hanover.

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Transformation of the Car-Depended-City. Lecture

Mobility and its change is a future field of urban design and urban planning. As a result of increasing alternatives to the automobile and the change of mobility behaviour of the younger generation, spatial resources are created to improve the quality of life in our cities. The symposium brings together renowned national and international positions. In her lecture Verena Brehm will point out the transformation potential of multi-storey car parks as locations for residential architecture.

23th of June 2017 // 10.00 am – 05:00 pm
University of Kassel, Campus Center,
Moritzstraße 18, Hörsaal 4 // Raum 1127

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Everything remains different. Lecture

Housing, working, learning - lifestyles are constantly changing. "The craziest utopia would be the attempt to freeze the present," says Alexander Kluge. In her lecture, Verena Brehm talks about how the projects of CITYFÖRSTER are meant to accompany and foster changes in everyday life. Housing schemes, constructions methods, working environments etc. are designed that are feasible. Not radically new, but everything remains different...

Tuesday, 20.6.2017, 19:00
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Nibelungenplatz 1, Gebäude 1, Raum 529


Government District Beijing. 1. prize

Cityförster as a member of the transdisciplinary team "Water Hannover" with the Chinese Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) wins one of the three first competition prizes for the new government district of the Chinese capital Beijing. The new government district in Tongzhou will be built in course of Beijing's fusion with the cities of Tianjin and Hebei.

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„Architecture. Education. Landscape“: Lecture

Educational concepts in Germany are constantly evolving. How do architecture and urban design deal with these new requirements? How do exciting and manifold learning environments look like? How can the city benefit from educational facilities? The 11th Symposium on Building Culture will present concepts, possibilities and solutions in lectures and discussions. Using the example of the "New School in Wolfsburg", Kirstin Bartels will illustrate how new spatial concepts enable and foster a variety of ways of learning and teaching. The conference is organized by the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony.


23. Juni 2017, 9:30 bis 15:30 Uhr
Sheraton Hotel, Pelikanplatz 31, 30177 Hannover

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Presentation „Garden City 21"

Together with freiwurf and landinsicht, the team of Cityförster presents their workshop contribution "Stadtrandstand" to the BBSR project "Gartenstadt21 grün-urban-vernetzt" in the closing event in Berlin on March 2nd 2017. During the collaborative workshop in Bremen in September 2016 the participants discussed theses about and the development of Howards concept of the garden city with regards to the changes and challenges of the 21st century. Besides the ideas and conclusions of the workshop and main study (by BPW baumgart+partner), the BBSR discusses in the symposium with urban practitioners different ways and visions for a garden city model of the 21st century. More information

Thursday, 02.03.2017, 10-16.30
Ernst-Reuter-Haus, Berlin


Never waste a good crisis?

At a time when Europe is preparing for crisis after crisis, we became fascinated by the opportunities these moments offer to rethink and shape our societies. We started a research and established a group of economists, politicians, urban planners and architects to see: How can the necessary investments in infrastructure and public space be better employed for economic renewal? Under the name Beyond Plan B, they completed research in four urban areas along the Rhine. This research received support in the past from the Dutch Creative Industries Fund and a number of Regions along the Rhine. Visit the Beyond Plan B website to view the results of the research in workbooks, interviews, films and essays.

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Join our team in Rotterdam!

For our office in Rotterdam we are looking for a landscape architect and an architect with at least 4 years of professional experience, who is able to lead challenging international projects.

Please send your application to:
or call us: +31 (0) 10 414 68 41

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Workshop „Post-Mining-Landscape“ Garzweiler

Together with KuiperCompagnons, KLA kipar Landschaftsarchitekten and the University of Hamburg, CITYFÖRSTER has designed a future image for the brown coal mining area of Garzweiler. "New energy" is landscape in motion and deliberately focuses on a development process that begins in the here and now. The open-cast mine is no longer intended to occupy the space monofunctionally, but rather to develop the landscape in every phase through spatial and temporal projects: Europe's largest park surrounds the Tagebaurand as a framework for a new settlements, landscapes and commercial developments in the post-mining-phase. The results will be published in February 2017. More information here.


Cape Square one of the Best 2016

The project "Cape Square" in Dürres by CITYFÖRSTER and BOOM has been selected as one of 17 peojects for the Dutch Yearbook on Urban Design and Landscape Architecture 2016. The book wll be launched on the 26th of November in s'Hertogenbosch. More information here.


"Gold" for "FOUR"!

The housing project "FOUR" of Gundlach GmbH & Co. KG was awarded the Gold Award in the category "Residential" in the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence International as an exemplary neighborhood development. The competition of the "International Real Estate Federation" (FIABCI) in co-operation with the Federal Association of the Free Housing Company (BFW) is regarded as the "Oscars of the property world". The jury was impressed by the various residential styles combined with a very high degree of sustainability. CITYFÖRSTER has designed three of the eight residential buildings together with gruppeOMP.


Traveller and the Olive Grove

Together with experts from marketing, tourism and agriculture, CITYFÖRSTER recently concluded a research into the potential links between these sectors and identified a number of business cases for local entrepreneurs and opportunities for international companies with a focus on sustainable products and services. The team had conducted an exploratory mission to understand and map out spatial potentials and urgencies along the Albanian Coast as a basis for a large scale development concept as well as small scale design measurements for certain business cases. The research was commissioned by the Dutch embassy in Tirana and has been presented to Albanian authorities and stakeholders in October. The online publication is available now.

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Kulturzentrum Pavillon. Lecture

CITYFÖRSTER is invited to reflect on an experimental, research-based approach to architecture and urban development by the initiative AG Stadtleben: In her lecture Verena Brehm will present selected projects to discuss ways of "doings things differently".

Kulturzentrum Pavillon
Montag, 7. November 2016, 19.00 Uhr
Lister Meile 4, Hannover

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Yueyang, China: The better the water the better the city!

As part of the interdisciplinary team "Water Hannover" Cityförster designs an integrated plan to improve water quality and, consequently, the quality of life in the city of Yueyang. The measures range from the new conception of the sewer network, multi-coded wetlands to a climate-friendly restructuring of the existing city. The plan follows the guiding principle to improve the water quality and at the same time to increase the quality of life in the city. The aim is to restrain or to store water where it is produced, to dispense water gradually to the environment through seepage and evaporation and to clarify water ecologically. Thus open spaces within the city are revalued, biodiversity is increased and the microclimate is improved. As part of this adaptation the potential of Nanhu, a freshwater lake, is being expanded and the lake becomes the center of the city.


2nd prize. Competition Neigbourhood Hilligenwöhren

Together with Keferstein+Sabljo Architekten we are happy about the second prize in the non-open competition for 70 Apartments in Hannover-Bothfeld.

The jury says: The design varies in interesting ways a perimeter block with finely tuned proportions. The opening with a semi-public space and the adjusting common functions are welcoming and foster communication and interaction...
The generous access balconies offer private niches as well as common openings, which, depending on the season, extend the apartments and become vivid meeting points. Two open spaces with very different qualities are generated – semi-public and sheltered.

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Workshop „Gartenstadt 21"

Together with freiwurf and landinsicht, CITYFÖRSTER is invited by BBSR, to participate in the workshop "Gartenstadt21 grün-urban-vernetzt" early in September this year. During the workshop the participants will discuss theses about and the development of Howards concept of the garden city with regards to spatial challenges of the 21st century. The other teams participating in the workshop consist of teams around yellowz and Urbanista as well as topotek and HHF architects. We are looking forward to exciting and productive days.

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Berliner Viertel, Monheim/ Rhein

Last week we finally presented our new housing concept to upgrade the Berlin Quarter in Monheim/Rhein: The car free neighbourhood caters to a diversity of lifestyles and is sensitively integrated into the urban fabric with a strong sense of human scale. So far we're among the last three. Stay tuned!


Berlin Award 2016, Heimat in der Fremde. Nomination

With their project "Refuge and Encounter in Laer" CITYFÖRSTER and Mark Niehüser are nominated for the Berlin Award 2016 - Heimat in der Fremde. The award ceremony takes place in the former airport Tempelhof. As part of the Refugee Housing Database, the project will also be shown in the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Exhibition: 06/15/2016 – 06/28/2016
Alte Zollgarage im Flughafen Tempelhof
Columbiadamm 10, Gebäude D2, 12101 Berlin

Architecture Biennale: 05/28 – 11/27/2016
German Pavilion

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Workshop "Garzweiler Scenario 2036"

CITYFÖRSTER is invited to a planning workshop about the future of the open-cast mining landscape in the Garzweiler region. The workshop is organized as a cooperative process in which an interdisciplinary team will design a "Scenario 2036". We look forward to working with the offices Kuiper Compagnons, Kipar landscape architects and Dr. Susanne Kost.

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Talking about "Work + Process"

The series "architecture talks" by the regional Chamber of Architects Baden-Wuerttemberg focuses on "work and process". Throughout the event, the speakers will not only present their own work, but exchange ideas and express thoughts and questions about the other participant´s position. Cityförster is invited to discuss with Angela Fritsch, architect from Seeheim-Jugenheim, about the own work, working processes and methods.

Architecture Talks 2016, "work and process"
June 9th 2016, 7- 9.30 pm
"Haus der Architekten", Danneckerstraße 54, Stuttgart
Moderation: Christian Holl, journalist, Stuttgart

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Heinze ArchitekTOUR 2016, keynote lecture

The Heinze ArchitekTOUR 2016 is dedicated to architecture in times of demographic, social and climatic change. The tour program „Form Follows Resource" addresses new standards in contemporary architecture and a responsible, yet innovative use of design, material, economic and social resources. CITYFÖRSTER is invited to give a keynote lecture followed by a discussion.

FORM FOLLOWS RESOURCE Architektur in Zeiten des Wandels
Tuesday, 31.05.2016, Entry: from 1.00 p.m.
Expowal Hannover, Chicago Lane 9, 30539 Hannover

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Urban Lab Palestine @ Venice Biennale

As part of the UN Habitat Urban Labs team working on Gaza, Palestine, CITYFÖRSTER will present the preliminary findings at an event, organised by the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, bringing together five different cases across the world that are currently under development as part of a New Strategy of UN Habitats Urban Planning and Design Lab.
The event will take place in the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia on May 27th. If you are interested to participate, please let us know. Participation is by invitation only.

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On May 24th the project team of 'The Traveller and the Olive Grove" is happy to share the results of the mission to the Albanian Riviera in March 2016. As intended, the mission produced an outline of a model for agro-tourism in a broader sense. Interviews, field visits and workshops have led to a great number of potential business cases that strengthen sustainable agriculture and tourism in Albania. The purpose of this event is to strengthen established relationships and develop possible follow up activities.

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Marta Herford. Lecture

The "Architecture Talks" at Marta Herford discuss ideas and visions of life in the city as well as current issues in architecture and urbanism. CITYFÖRSTER is invited to a keynote lecture followed by a discussion.

Wednesday, 11.5.2016, 20:00
Marta Herford, Goebenstr. 2–10, 32052 Herford

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The regional chamber of architects will host the first congress for Architecture and Urban Development on the 6th of April in Stuttgart: Cityförster is invited as lecturer in the session "cooperation and networking" and will give insights into the office's structure as an international partnership.

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Jobs. Team Hannover

We are looking for student workers and interns for our office in Hanover, Germany.
Our work is characterized by team spirit, commitment and openness to new ideas and approaches. Currently we are working on urban planning and urban design projects in Germany and China, as well as on architectural projects especially in the housing sector (e.g. affordable housing, experimental designs, new sites).

Please send your applications to:
or call us: 0049 511 5194760

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Visiting Professor Urban Design, Kassel

Verena Brehm has been appointed visiting professor of urban design at the University of Kassel, Germany. She teaches two design projects and a theory course on design motives.


Innovation in spatial planning

Cityförster outlines a statement on this pressing topic in the recent publication (3.2015) of the BBSR (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development). Following the question on how innovation can gain a broad acceptance and thereby be successfully managed, the magazine discusses a variety of topics, ideas, and chances.

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Topping out ceremony: Residential Crown Carpark

We are happy to announce that the structural work of our project Residential Crown Carpark Windmühlenstraße is complete. Invited guests could gain first impressions during the topping out ceremony on November 20th. Mayor Stefan Schostock complimented the project as a pioneering contribution in line with the objectives of the Urban Development Programme Hannover City 2020+.

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Leinewelle: Riversurfing Hannover!

We would like to thank Heiko Heybey and team for their idea: Why not surf Hanover's river Leine? Their sound concept has convinced stakeholders from politics and administration of the feasibility of the wave. Cityförster activley supports the project: Surfing in Hanover's old town – that's how it could look like:

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New office location Cityförster Hamburg!

We are happy about the opening of our new office location in the west of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg - just a few minutes' walk from the station in Altona!

After 14 years in Norway managing partner Kirstin Bartels shifts the working field "school buildings" from Oslo to Hamburg.

A great start for the new location was the 2nd prize in the international competition "Primary and Comprehensive School Helios" in Cologne in cooperation with bof architects and urbane gestalt landscape architects, which was decided the end of June 2015. Another 2nd prize followed right after in the architectural design competition "District School Altona, Hamburg" as the result of a successful team work with bof architects.

We look forward to new contacts, projects and cooperation in northern Germany and would like to welcome you at

Cityförster Hamburg
Schillerstraße 47-49 im 7.OG
D 22767 Hamburg
fon +49 (0) 40 788 035 97


2nd prize. Competition for the District School Altona, Hamburg

We are pleased to win the 2nd prize in the competition for the District School Altona in Hamburg together with our cooperation partners of bof architects.


2nd prize. International competition Primary and Comprehensive School Helios, Cologne

We are happy to receive the 2nd prize in the non-open design competition for Primary and Comprehensive School Helios in Cologne Ehrenfeld as a result of a successful cooperation with bof architects and urbane gestalt landscape architects. The jury especially appreciated "the optimal implementation of educational objectives in the design".


Initiative "Future City" chooses "Residential Crown Carpark" as best-practice!

The initiative "Future City" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research shows examples of sustainable urban redevelopments. We are pleased that our renovation project "Residential crown Carpark" in Hanover was chosen as best practice: "The project is an example of the plans of many local authorities to revalue their neighborhoods with innovative ideas and concepts for the city of tomorrow."

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Lecture "Understanding Cities"

As part of the lecture series "Understanding Cities" of the Technical University Cottbus Oliver Seidel is invited to reflect on spatial concepts and principles in large scale planning processes. The lecture focuses the topic of interdisciplinary cooperation and the effectiveness of participatory processes.

Monday 22.6.2015, 17:30
Hörsaal 1
Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 4
03046 Cottbus

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Exhibition in the German Architecture Center

The massive need for living space in many big cities today is a chance to forge a new era of housing by creating new qualities. The URBAN LIVING exhibition presents ideas and best practice examples for new, affordable living typologies, vibrant neighborhoods and a resilient urban development. The exhibition shows strategies that improve urban life while strengthening specific characteristics of individual neighborhoods. Projects from the international URBAN LIVING workshop and from the SELF-MADE CITY publication are presented. We are happy to announce, that our project VACANT SITES OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF THE CITY is part of the exhibition.

URBAN LIVING - Strategies for the future
Vernissage: 21.5.2015, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition: 22.5. - 4.7.2015, wed - sun 2.00 - 7.00 pm
DAZ, Köpenicker Straße 48/49, 10179 Berlin

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Cape Square in Durrës

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited the construction site of Cape Square in Durrës today. The Design Concept for the square and artificial pier are the result of a collaboration with BOOM landscape in Amsterdam.

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"Housing for People"

Cityförster inititated the presentation of the film "Housing for People", a film by Austrian urban planner and filmmaker Reinhard Seiß, together with the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony and the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape in Hanover.
Every year thousands of Austrians abandon the city centres to fulfill their dream of living: a single-family house in the green suburban surrounding – having multiple negative side effects on society and landscape. The film shows that sustainable, compact housing typologies and the wish for individual living with significant private and public outdoor spaces are not a contradiction, but able to produce a high quality of living and vivid neighbourhoods! The event took place on April 21st 2015 in Hanover's cinema "Kino im Sprengel".

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Presentation "Cradle-to-Cradle Industrial Parks"

How can industrial areas be developed according to the concept "Cradle-to-Cradle "(C2C)?
The concept Cradle-to-Cradle is based upon Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart's idea of a circular economy in which resources are not consumed but are continually used. The City of Bielefeld explores together with ten European project partners how this concept can be transferred to the development of industrial parks. In this context CITYFÖRSTER and landscape architects Urbane Gestalt were commissioned with a feasibility study, which focuses on the development of C2C-principles in the areas of buildings, open space and infrastructure. The results will be presented on Wednesday, 15.04.2015, from 17 clock in a public presentation. You are welcome to join the event.

Wednesday, 15. April 2015, 17:00
GOLDBECK GmbH, Ummelner Straße 4 – 6, 33649 Bielefeld

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Publication: "Urban Living: Strategies for the future"

We are happy to announce the publication of "Urban Living: Strategies for the future" with our contribution Vacant sites over the rooftops of the city.

The book will be presented in DAZ, Köpenicker Str. 48/49, Berlin, on 30.03.2015 at 6 p.m. You are invited to join a lecture with Jean-Philippe Vassal, followed by a discussion with Senatsbaudirektorin Regula Lüscher.


CITYFÖRSTER Feature is online

AiR Foundation Rotterdam made a nice little feature about us. Get an impression of our Rotterdam office and hear Martin explain Cityförster's philosophy and projects. (in Dutch!)
See the feature here




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Pelikan housing in progress!

The building progress of the Pelikan housing site is great! The buildings will be finished in the end of 2015. For more pictures see the project page.

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New School Wolfsburg

We are excited about the building progress of the New School Wolfsburg. See more pictures here.


Price for Conservation

The project Family Villa has been awarded by the Savings Bank Foundation with an award for heritage conservation – we are happy for the owners and residents!

The Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation awards the Price for Conservation 2014 for the 15th time. The prize is worth 75.000€. This year, 17 monuments are awarded a prize, in total 60 owners had applied: "The Price for Conservation honors the private commitment that owners apply for the preservation of historic monuments. The winning monument owners are noteworthy examples. They impress with extraordinary personal commitment, exemplary restoration and development of remarkable concepts of use, "said Michael Heinrich Schormann, Deputy Managing Director of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation.

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Blog "Perspektivplan Freiburg" is online

The project blog Spatial Vision Freiburg is online and in lively use.

The Spatial Vision Freiburg outlines options for the spatial development of the city of Freiburg in the next 15 years. The aim is to define a model for the structural urban and open space development. The project is carried out under participation of diverse actors of urban society. The project blog provides information on working steps and results, serving alongside workshops and public information sessions as an effective tool for citizen participation. Via the blog the newsletter of the project and information about current events and processes can be received.

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"Think!" Lecture

Oliver Seidel is invited to give a lecture on sustainable design in the series "Think!" by the BDB Bund Deutscher Baumeister in Bielefeld.

"Sustainable design not only increases the functional capacity of architecture, it also triggers a variety of positive effects. Architecture influences the way we live, work, play, meet, and communicate essentially."

Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Tuesday 11.11.2014, 19:00

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The Albanian Riviera. Second stage

We're proud to announce that our team has entered the second stage for the urban design competition for the Albanian Riviera. We're off for site visit and stakeholder workshop with Openfabric Polylester and Symbiotica!


3rd prize „Mehrzweckhalle Mastbrook“

CITYFÖRSTER wins the 3rd prize in the two-phase open competition „Mehrzweckhalle Mastbrook" in Rendsburg, Germany. The community center combined with sports hall is characterized by a compact building envelope with an economic footprint. The building attains efficiency by layering functions and multiple-shift usage. The Jury compliments the multifarious open public space and the skillful structured proportions of the building volume as well as its good energy balance.

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Feasibility study "Cradle-to-Cradle Industrial Parks"

The city of Bielefeld is a partner of the INTERREG IVB project "Cradle to Cradle Business Innovation & Improvement Zones. C2C-BIZZ". The aim of the project is to promote the development of industrial parks according to the Cradle to Cradle philosophy in Europe. The concept Cradle to Cradle is based upon Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart's idea of a circular economy in which resources are not consumed but are continually used. The city of Bielefeld explores together with ten European project partners how this concept can be transferred to the development of industrial parks. In this context CITYFÖRSTER and landscape architects Urbane Gestalt are commissioned with a feasibility study, which focuses on the development of C2C principles in the areas of buildings, open space and infrastructure. Consultants are Transsolar KlimaEngineering and the material experts of imagine envelope.


German Innovation Award

CITYFÖRSTER is honored with the German Innovation Award "Excellent Landmarks in the Land of Ideas 2013-14" by the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and Deutsche Bank. This year's award is dedicated to ideas and projects that provide solutions for future challenges of cities and regions. CITYFÖRSTER was honored in the category "Economy" due to the interdisciplinary approach, that contributes to promoting sustainable urban development.

You are cordially invited to the award ceremony!

March 7th, 2014, 17:00
Escherstraße 22, 30519 Hannover

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Exhibition Opening "Urban Living"

The results of the cooperative workshop "Urban Living - New forms of urban living" are presented at HO Berlin from 6th to 26th of March 2014. You are cordially invited to the opening with the Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher on March 5th, 2014.

How can entire neighborhoods benefit from redensification? How can building and living costs be reduced? What kind of residential concepts are sustainable?

These questions were discussed in the workshop procedure. The aim was to develop exemplary innovative solutions for housing in the coming years. We would like to discuss with you our project: a residential conversion and extension of a multi-storey car park in Berlin Neukölln.

Exhibition Opening: 05.03.2014, 18-19.30
HO | Berlin, Holzmarktstraße 66, 10179 Berlin

6th-26th March 2014, Tue-Sat 12-18:00