Concept Competition for Urban Development:

Concept Competition for Urban Development:

Innovation Habitat Berlin Charlottenburg: Ernst-Reuter-Platz

10 March 2008 – Submission Deadline

Concept Competition for Urban Development:Innovation Habitat Berlin Charlottenburg: Ernst-Reuter-Platz Type: Open, International, ideas

Eligibility: Professionals and students in architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, art, design, visual communication, social and business communication as well as sociology.

Languages: German and English


10 March 2008 – Submission Deadline


The three best projects will be awarded prize money of € 2500, € 1500 and € 1000. There is the possibility of receiving an allowance for expenses in the conceptual idea phase.

The Competition:

The first findings of the project Innovation Habitat Berlin Charlottenburg (InBC) were presented to the general public between the 7th and 13th of October, 2007. All around the Ernst-Reuter-Platz exhibitions, workshops, roundtable discussions and other events highlighted the innovative potential of the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg. 50 examples of innovative projects from both the public as well as private sector were presented as “Examples of Best Practice”. Ideas and concepts were discussed and quite a broad exchange of ideas and experiences made on the planning of an attractive living and working environment was initiated.

The competition aims to create and to promote public awareness of the following topics:

* Youth and Innovation

* Emerging Culture and Creative Industries

* Innovation in Science, Technology and Economy

* Urban Development and Quality of Life

* Communication and Visibility

Innovative developments within the Habitat Berlin-Charlottenburg are to be supported by the competition. Architects, urban and landscape planers, artists, designers, sociologists as well as members of other academic and scientific fields are invited to find answers to the following questions within their concepts:

* How does public space become more attractive as a space of use for the inhabitants of a habitat?

How can it be laid out as a space of communication between science, culture, industry and politics?

* How can the Ernst-Reuter-Platz be connected with the neighbouring universities, the residential and commercial areas, the thoroughfares and roads, the Tiergarten (Berlin’s largest inner-city park) and the

Spree (Berlin’s main river) on a planning as well as functional level?

* How can the emergence of new forms of flexible and mobile work be accompanied and shaped?

* How can the University of the Arts and the Technical University network in an active manner?

* How can the development of the infrastructure within the city borough of Charlottenburg support networking between the universities and the research institutes on the one side with start-ups and international corporations on the other side?

* How can the potential that can be found in knowledge, experiments and planning/designing within the habitat of Charlottenburg be made accessible to children and youth?


The participants have the possibility of choosing one or more locations within the Habitat Berlin-Charlottenburg for their projects.

The comprehensive map of the Habitat Berlin-Charlottenburg will be provided. Further materials such as maps in other scales or photos have to be compiled by the participants themselves.

Type and quantity of the submitted documents:

Type, quantity and format of the submitted documents are not limited in any manner. The only criterion is that the concept is clearly presented and can be displayed in an exhibition as a poster or model. An explanatory report (having a maximum of two pages) must also be submitted. The project will be given a number in order to guarantee anonymity; a declaration of authorship in a sealed envelope is to be enclosed as well.


All queries and questions will be answered at a colloquium on the 5th of February, 2008, at 4pm in the Berlin University of the Arts, Hardenbergstrasse 33, 10623 Berlin.