Saturday 11/11, 10:00-16:00
Kiezraum + Adlerhalle, Modellprojekt Rathausbllock

The HOUSING_CHANGE_SPACE brings together a diverse range of Actors, all in their own ways responding to the housing and climate crises. This includes a variety of Berliner and regional (Housing) Projects, initiatives, networks and ethical, social and ecological banks and foundations, joined by groups and platforms working on climate, sustainability and transformation. Project planners and developers are invited to present themselves and to network with experts and activists from all levels. Participating are urban housing cooperatives with large neighborhood developments, as well as rural eco-villages. A range of housing experts will be offering advice, for example from Berlin’s Genossenschaftsforum, the Netzwerkagentur GenerationenWohnen and the Online Plattform CoHousing Berlin.

Plus: Cultural Program, Drinks and Snacks in the neighboring Adlerhalle, thanks to Mayer Pavilion and constructlab.


Die Kulturacker & Kulturbrücke Geno i.Gr. ist eine Genossenschaft mit dem Ziel, die kulturelle Vielfalt in urbanen Quartieren durch sozial und interkulturell gemischte, sowie partizipativ gestaltete Wohn-, Ateliergebäude und Gemeinschaftsräume zu fördern. Wir sind eine Kerngruppe aus Berliner Kunst- und Kulturschaffenden und haben uns im Konzeptverfahren auf 2 Grundstücke in Berlin beworben. Aktuell führen wir eine noch offene Interessent°innen-Liste.

The working and coordination structure

The working and coordination structure for urban development for the common good (AKS Gemeinwohlorientierte Stadtentwicklung) is an interface between administration, civil society and politics for urban development for the common good in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The aim of the AKS is to support projects and spaces orientated towards the common good as well as to promote a sustainable land policy in order to secure a diverse urban society. The AKS Gemeinwohl is a platform for experimenting with and testing forms of co-operative urban development. The structure and tasks of the AKS team are flexible and are adapted to new circumstances.

The work of AKS Gemeinwohl takes place on several levels: It is a contact and advice centre for urban policy initiatives and property owners who want to make their properties available for use for the common good. It networks administration, politics and civil society and promotes public dialogue on the topic of community-oriented and cooperative urban development in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, for example through events.

Architecture Quarter Development, Inka Drohn

Since 2003, we have been offering architectural and urban planning services ranging from project development to construction management. In the development of urban quarters as well as for residential and office buildings, our strength lies in the differentiated response to the diverse needs of future users. In line with this, we develop lively and individual architectural solutions, optimized in terms of ecological and economic sustainability. Good architecture serves a variety of needs.

Our goal is a future where our buildings, cities, and landscapes proactively contribute to climate restoration and have a positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. Human habitats, our buildings and cities must:
1. Store more carbon than they emit;
2. Generate more energy than they consume;
3. Serve the needs of their inhabitants;
4. Increase, rather than deplete, biodiversity;
5. Restore and expand natural landscapes as both preservations and sources of renewable materials;
6. Work in harmony with natural processes, rather than replicating or replacing them with technology;
7. Continuously reassess, adjust and adapt to new data and technologies;
8. Transform industrial and consumer waste into new forms of “raw” industrial materials;
9. Be built to last: prioritize the repair, upgrade and maintenance of existing structures over new construction;
10. Offer safety and security to all people through access to adequate housing; 
11. Promote equitable access to employment, livelihood and care, and enforce development rights for all;
12. Create and reflect new power structures and knowledge hierarchies;
13. Redefine who makes human habitats.

Network for sustainable development in Berlin

Berlin 21 sees itself as a network for the diverse commitment to sustainability in Berlin, provides impulses for sustainable urban development, and makes sustainable development visible, tangible, and possible to shape.

Alliance of Berlin initiatives, environmental and tenants’ associations, planners and builders

Berlin offers the opportunity to become an ecological and social model city. The Climate City Berlin 2030 alliance, a broad coalition of Berlin initiatives, environmental and tenants’ associations, planners and builders, sees its diverse expertise as an offer to urban policymakers to actively and collectively drive this change forward.

To this end, the alliance has presented seven key points for a climate-friendly and social urban development policy in Berlin.


Berlin TXL – Schumacher Quartier

Berlin is growing and needs affordable housing. After the closure of Tegel Airport a new, smart residential district will be developed on its grounds. Schumacher Quartier closes the historic gap in the western sector of Kurt-Schumacher-Platz.

 Schumacher Quartier will provide upwards of 5,000 homes for more than 10,000 people, together with the corresponding amenities such as schools, daycare centers, shopping facilities, and lots of greenery

 As it will be a sustainable and socially diverse area, Schumacher Quartier will make an important contribution to the strategy for housing construction and urban development in the German capital. In a Charter all partners involved have agreed upon seven guidelines for the development of Schumacher Quartier:

  • Urban living spaces
  • Housing for everyone
  • Urban green space and public areas
  • Open educational landscape
  • Climate-friendly and water-sensitive urban development
  • District with environmentally-friendly mobility guaranteed
  • Communication, participation, and transparency




For a sustainable, mixed and solidary city. An alliance of exemplary housing and other cooperative projects in Berlin and Brandenburg.
To ensure that we can continue to play this role for the city in the future, we have joined forces to promote the cooperative idea in the real estate sector, to achieve the creation of good economic and political framework conditions for cooperatives and to make our voices heard politically as actors in urban development. The alliance acts as a solidarity-based representation of members’ interests and acts on the basis of the statutes adopted by the members.

Who sells Berlin?

The research project ‘Critical Mapping for Municipalist Mobilization’ (CMMM), coordinated by KLAB at TU Berlin from 2020-2023, brings together three teams from three cities on the topic of housing. For Barcelona, Belgrade and Berlin, three maps have been created in collaboration with local groups on different thematic complexes: “How (un)affordable is housing in Belgrade?”, “Stop Evictions!”, and “Buy Back Berlin!”

On CoHousing | Berlin you can find information about existing and emerging communal housing projects in Berlin. You can discover exciting background information and dates on the topic. As a user, you are also invited to enrich the portal with entries. The site lives from your projects and ideas. CoHousing | Berlin serves as a network of the scene for creative self-organization and sustainable urban development.

Constructlab is a transdisciplinary design-build network that brings
together architectural concepts and construction. While breaking with
traditional divisions of labor, the organization engages a team of
multi-talented designer-builders – as well as sociologists, urban
planners, graphic designers, curators, educators and web developers –
who carry the creative process from the drawing board to the field.

Financing sustainability

That’s why DKB is a sustainable bank:

We invest in what is and will become important: e.g. in renewable energies, affordable housing, daycare centers, schools, hospitals. We support citizen participation and are a partner of local agriculture. Together with our more than 5 million customers, we turn money into more than just returns!

Together with you, we are #geldverbesserer – and have been for 30 years.

This Open Access eBook serves as a foundation – as a launching pad – for the EXPERIMENTDAYS_relaunch.  A wide range of visions and challenges, projects and people, initiatives and institutions are presented, all responding to the housing and climate crises, working toward necessary social-ecological transformations.

Social-Ecological Cooperative Housing presents pioneering cooperative housing projects in Basel, Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich. The initiatives and alternative ownership models showcased demonstrate the potential of cooperative practices for the necessary social-ecological transformation of housing, construction and urban development.

Eco City e.V. develops concepts and initiates projects and real laboratories for a sustainable and post-fossil change in urban and settlement development. The association is linked with similar projects and initiatives nationally and internationally.

FORUM is a supra-regional association of people and organizations with an interest in self-organized and communal housing projects. The association shows the diversity of housing projects and supports interested parties in finding the form that suits them best. It advises local authorities and the housing industry and offers experts information and experience exchange. The FORUM has members in all German states and maintains a network of regional offices in addition to its office.

Canopy: Grounding a Free House at Moos

A project to demonstrate housing as civic infrastructure through democratising the financing and governance capabilities of a 9-bedroom residence and event space within the Moos Space former-factory complex on the edge of Treptower Park.

Canopy bundles operating revenues from events, guests, residents and a data trust to create forward-funding mechanisms with a number of supporting technologies such as a bookings platform, community currency and new contracting protocols focused on mutual-care.


“Die Genossenschafter*innen” is an association of members of Berlin housing cooperatives, which was founded in the course of the rent policy disputes in February 2020. The initiative aims to remove obstacles to the active involvement of cooperatives in housing policy, to strengthen democracy within cooperatives, and to help spread the cooperative idea.

Genossenschaftsforum e.V. is an association of Berlin and Potsdam housing cooperatives with the aim of making the potential of the cooperative idea more visible, especially in housing. Since 2021, the cooperativ Werkraum in Berlin Schöneberg has been a multifunctional space for our educational work with space for exhibitions, workshops and events. In the Werkraum, cooperative topics come to life – see for yourself!

Cooperative Real Estate Agency

We want to preserve housing communities and affordable rents: We advise owners and tenants on the procedures and funding options for a sale. Together with you, we are looking for long-term managers who take good care of apartment buildings and for whom the participation of the residents is important. The first contact persons are our members – registered cooperatives and foundations. We also contact other non-profit organisations and accompany your decisions.

GLS Bank has been a financing expert for housing projects and sustainable real estate for almost 50 years. It is the largest and first social-ecological bank in Germany. At the cooperative bank, the motto is: money is for the people. It finances only sustainable companies and initiatives and makes its transactions comprehensively transparent. At the same time, the bank offers all standard banking services. GLS Bank is headquartered in Bochum, but operates throughout Germany.

Genossenschaft selbstverwalteter Projekte
The cooperative builds residential and commercial projects and engages in environmentally friendly mobility, renewable energy and circular economy. We develop experimental, resource-efficient, inclusive, diverse, and affordable projects that are sustainable in content, staffing, and economics. Newly founded in 2021, we are part of the movement of self-managed communities and businesses emerging in urban and rural spaces today.

id22: is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit, and civil society organization based in the urban laboratory we know as Berlin. It focuses on the theory and practice of a transformative social-ecology, with an emphasis on self-organized housing, local urban initiatives, justice, and democracy.

Before the Climate Tipping P oints

We are all the last generation before the tipping points in the climate system. We are here to bring about the change that is needed. We are here to get governments to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nothing less. We are here to act, not to talk. We have a plan.

Lösungen im Staadtteil
We are committed to making the development of cities and neighborhoods more socially just. To this end, we develop creative and tailor-made concepts. District development, project management and participation are our central fields of work, in which we bring our competencies and experience from over 30 years into our work. Our clients include administrative institutions at federal, state and municipal level, social institutions and companies in the housing industry.

“LokalBau” is a district strategy for new-build project development to manage potential property and neighbourhood developments with a focus on the common good, with a clear focus on creating space for affordable housing, social needs, infrastructure for services of general interest and green spaces.

The LokalBau strategy comprises two levels:

Project coordination
Coordination in the preparatory planning phase, with the aim of enabling developments oriented towards the common good on selected sites or properties. In a non-standardised integrated process, a consensus is reached on a realistic development perspective.
Public relations and networking
The idea of property and urban development geared towards the common good is promoted through the formation of alliances and collaborations and supported in terms of content, process and public relations work.

The LokalBau strategy was implemented with a contract to studio adhoc GmbH, where the project management for the LokalBau team, which is made up of Magnus Hengge and Konrad Braun, takes place.

The focus of our advice is on the tenement house syndicate model. However, we also advise on other forms of community-oriented acquisition of real estate. Specifically, we advise groups and tenants’ associations on all issues related to the joint acquisition and long-term management of apartment buildings and businesses. We provide contacts and know-how mainly in the areas of finance,group processes and inform about the legal structure of the MHS.

Gemeinwohlorientierung in der Immobilien- und Stadtentwicklung
The Immovielien network is a nationwide association of actors who advocate for, create and maintain common good real estate – real estate from many for many. Together, we work to ensure that a focus on the common good becomes the standard in real estate and urban development. The members of our non-profit association can exchange ideas in various forums, share knowledge and support each other so that more and more common good real estate can be created.


From the experience gained in the development of the Ökodorf Sieben Linden, the co-founder of this project, Eva Stützel, has developed the Gemeinschaftskompass. This guide supports more and more housing projects and living communities in their project development. The Gemeinschaftskompass identifies seven aspects that are helpful in making community projects succeed: Individuals, Community, Intention, Structure, Practice, Harvest, and World.


PLAN B ist eine zivilgesellschaftliche Initiative, die Berlin schön, sozial und klimaneutral machen möchte. Dafür arbeiten wir mit Methoden des digitalen Organizings, dem Aufbau von Nachbarschaftsgruppen und Umsetzungsallianzen sowie der Entwicklung von kommunikationsstarken Pilotprojekten im Bereich Energiewende / Balkonsolar.

For Cultural Diversity

poi eG is a cooperative with the goal of promoting cultural diversity in urban neighborhoods through socially and interculturally mixed, as well as participatively designed residential, studio buildings and community spaces. In doing so, the cooperative follows the vision of positive urban development through innovative projects that are aligned with the values of sustainability, diversity and creativity.

The Dragonerareal is Kreuzberg’s largest plot of land for new construction potential – but it is not a wasteland. From sculptors to nightclubs, various commercial and cultural establishments have existed there for decades. Last but not least, the Dragoner Areal played a role during the November Revolution of 1918 in Berlin. As a model project for affordable building and renting, the Dragonerareal can explore potential for the future and contribute to the survival of the good Kreuzberg mix.

Kinder-, Kultur- und Nachbarschaftszentrum


In addition to new housing subsidies (here: Housing Subsidy Regulations 2023), there are other subsidy options for various segments in the state of Berlin. To strengthen the cooperative system, the state of Berlin supports projects of housing cooperatives. With the VV Trägerwohnungen, the construction of communal apartments for social sponsors is promoted. The additional subsidy “Housing for Special Needs Groups” will soon come into effect. This offers special conditions for the construction of new housing for the homeless.

Zur Sicherung des Gemeinguts Boden

The Edith Maryon Foundation takes over properties and land, holds them in perpetuity and makes them available to socially and culturally oriented initiatives on a long-term basis.

Advice center for communal living in Berlin

The Netzwerkagentur GenerationenWohnen is a free contact point for anyone interested in community living in Berlin. Since 2008, the urban development company STATTBAU has been commissioned with the network agency by the Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing. The network agency advises, networks and communicates between civil society, politics, administration and the housing industry to support the implementation of community housing in Berlin.

Gemeinnützige Stiftung für Boden, Ökologie und Wohnen

The three core themes of the Stiftung trias are land, ecology and – communal – living. Founded in 2002, the foundation acquires and withdraws land from speculation and permanently assigns it to a social, ecological use by means of hereditary building rights. A total of 50 joint residential, cultural, neighborhood and commercial projects have already joined the solidarity network of the trias foundation. We provide direct support for housing projects and interested parties through educational and thematic offerings.

Kultur- und Nachbarschaftsprojekt

We are an alternative housing and cultural project in Berlin-Mitte, existing since 2012. We see ourselves as an open place and regularly hold free cultural events.

What we do as a sustainable bank is quite simple. We exclusively finance sustainable companies and projects, thereby shaping a social and ecological economy. By the way, we’ve been doing this since 1980. Maybe that’s why over 744,000 people across Europe entrust us with their money.

We are the residents’ cooperative UCB Rot Buckow eG. As the name suggests, we are a cooperative that builds apartments. We will build a total of 70 apartments in three houses in the newly developing Buckower Felder neighborhood in the south of Berlin. However, we are not building just any concrete blocks, but wooden houses: social, sustainable and communal with long-term stable rents. We want to shape the housing of the future and lead the way as pioneers.

UmweltBank is Germany’s leading bank for financing ecological homes, building communities, sustainable and social rental properties or commercial real estate. It responds to individual needs – guaranteed personally and competently. In times of exploding rents, new concepts are in demand. Whether it’s a wooden house, a student dormitory or a solar park – the green bank has supported almost 25,000 projects for the future over the past 25 years.

Das modulare Bausystem für Commoning, Kokreation und Kreislaufwirtschaft in der Mehrgeschossigkeit

Tired of capitalism and the end of the world? Then you’ve come to the right place. Together, as building pioneers, we want to break new ground and use renewable materials to store CO2, design a cooperative-inclusive circular economy and create affordable housing, without speculation and yet in cycles. Our mission: to build sustainable communities. Discover the vivihouse project and learn how all this is possible.

Wie wir wohnen wollen
We are a Berlin-based cooperative with currently around 630 apartments and 30 commercial units. We realize residential buildings with innovative concepts: diverse, social and ecological. Since our founding, we have been committed to creating good, affordable housing for the long term. We turn tenants into cooperative co-owners, bring generations and cultures together, and build houses in which people not only live, but also live together.
The wohnbund is a network of housing policy experts and organisations whose work contributes to the development and realisation of contemporary forms of housing. It aims to offer alternatives to conventional housing policy and to provide professional support for housing policy initiatives and projects. In times of social change, housing policy has to face new challenges. The wohnbund accompanies this process with events and publications.

The building blocks of the initiative in the model project Haus der Statistik: The experimental houses X1 “Sustainable Business” and X2 “Social Learning” stand for future-oriented commercial and community spaces. In the experimental residential high-rise X3 “Inclusive Living and Healthy Future”, special forms of living are complemented by areas for local health care. From the end of 2025, uses from the fields of art, culture, social affairs and education are to move into the prominent head-end building Haus A.