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GRÜNBAU BERLIN: The country needs new play areas

Berlin, 19 February 2020

Using the Berlin district of Pankow as an example, the representatives of politics, administration and civil society met on Tuesday, 18 February 2020, at the trade fair and industry platform GRÜNBAU BERLIN to discuss the part played by public and private sponsors in the development of open spaces. Among their requirements the speakers expressed a need for more facilities suitable for all generations, the temporary closure of roads to create play areas, and inner-city spaces where the natural world can be experienced. In the past the local boroughs’ lack of funding has been one of the reasons for their failure to create or maintain play areas and green spaces. Consequently private sector sponsorship has become more important. Therefore, in increasingly densely populated cities, the intention is that urban planning contracts should be put in place requiring municipal housing companies and private property developers to incorporate open spaces in their construction projects. This would encourage families to remain in the city and help to produce a more mixed society.

Daily discussions on changing topics, addressing the planning of open spaces within the urban development context, will be taking place until 21 February 2020 in Hall 2.2 at GRÜNBAU BERLIN as part of bautec. More details can be found at www.gruenbau-berlin.com.