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Renovation without renoviction: the green redevelopment of a municipal housing estate in Drewitz, Germany

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posted on 2024-05-09, 10:03 authored by Alessandro Busà
In this paper I discuss a case of ‘green’ redevelopment of a social housing complex in former East Germany, and unpack the key elements that have led to its comprehensive regeneration without widespread negative social externalities. In Drewitz, a former GDR housing estate in the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region, it has been possible to preserve existing social housing units, achieve high standards of energy efficiency, expand public green space and provide improved opportunities for education and health. I identify the key factors that have enabled this ‘renovation without renoviction’: 1) redevelopment has been undertaken by a municipal housing company under public control; 2) the scheme has benefited from EU, national and local funding; 3) phased retrofit has made the scheme financially viable, while reducing the incidence of forced relocations; 4) community participation has led to greater acceptance and buy-in of the plan. Based on in-depth interviews with longstanding residents and local stakeholders, I assess the community’s response to the regeneration plan.

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European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 837749.

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College of Science & Engineering/Geography, Geology & Environment

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Published in

Housing Studies

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

issn

0267-3037

eissn

1466-1810

Copyright date

2024

Available date

2024-05-09

Language

en

Deposited by

Dr Alessandro Busà

Deposit date

2024-05-08

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