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This is also true for architecture and urban planning, if we understand both as parts of systems. We think of designing, planning, and building as team work enabling the best ideas to prevail. For this reason CITYFÖRSTER works as a partnership supported by an interdisciplinary network. With you we develop better solutions for working and learning, housing and living.


The recyclinghouse is an experimental residential building in the Hanover district of Kronsberg. It is a prototype that tests the possibilities and potentials of various types of recycling in the real laboratory and shows a cycle-oriented and resource-saving planning approach.
On the one hand, the recycling center relies on recyclable building products, such as the raw construction made of glue-free solid wood elements. On the other hand, recycled materials such the foundation made of recycled concrete or wall insulations made from old jute bags are used. There are also large quantities of used components being used which, if possible, originate from the building stock of the client GUNDLACH or have been obtained locally. Particularly important is a recycling-fair design that allows use and disassembly of the components without loss of quality or a sorted separation of the materials after the end of life.

The construction industry is one of the largest waste producers and consumers of resources and a significant contributor to global CO2 emissions. When planning buildings, today it is mainly the energy consumption in the operation of a building that is considered. The considerable amounts of "gray energy" involved in the production of buildings remains largely unconsidered. Here, the existing building stock can also be understood as a huge raw material storage. The recycling of building materials and materials as well as recycling-friendly construction methods will play an increasingly important role in the future.

05. Dec. 2019

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

(concept Slimme Regenton: Studio Bas Sala)
(urban plan Campinaterrein: Studioninedots)

CITYFÖRSTER at the Dutch Design Week
26. Nov. 2019

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.

Work in progress: Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute
21. Nov. 2019

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.

Phase Nachhaltigkeit

The aim of the "Educational Landscape Altstadt Nord" in Cologne is the design of the neighborhood at the district park Klingelpütz: Here, a viable space - in an educational and physical sense - should be developed. The main concern is to improve the educational opportunities of children and young adults. The existing primary school will be renovated and expanded. Additionally several new buildings are planned: a secondary school, a nursery, a study house, as well as a canteen and a workshop building. The various functions are located around a common center - the heart of the campus. According to the specific requirements differentiated situations for learning, recreation and play are offered. Special emphasis is placed on the permeability of the campus, which fits into the urban fabric offering manifold ways and passages. A unique spatial edge is formed in relation to the park.