April 2017 – Information trip to Berlin

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April 2017.

In the current 3rd phase, the GIZ project supports the city of Kragujevac in the redevelopment of the former industrial area “Kragujevac VTZ”. The focus of the cooperation is on questions related to project management and, in particular, to coordination of the planning process with objectives of the area as a heritage area of national importance.
Against this backdrop AMBERO-GIZ organized an informational trip to Berlin with the aim to enable a professional experience exchange with similar projects there. Two representatives of the City of Kragujevac and the National Institute for Heritage Protection
each  took part in the informational trip.
After the arrival in Berlin and the visit of the
Spandauer Vorstadt with Hackesche Höfe the delegation visited the former AEG location in Oberschöneweide, one of the largest and most important examples for successful redevelopment of abandoned industrial areas in Berlin. Prof. Dorothee Haffner from the HTW University of Applied Sciences, which is located in the area, explained the development steps and pointed out, that the establishment of the HTW University was an impetus for the successful development of the area. The example of Oberschöneweide gave an impression of the complexity of the redevelopment of industrial areas with heritage protected buildings on one hand, as well as the great opportunities offered by such areas on the other hand.
After the former AEG site a visit of the EUREF campus was on the agenda. The terrain, as well as the other areas visted, is characterized by impressive renovated historic buildings and managed by a private project developer. One focus of the development of this area are the energy and  IT sectors and the integration of young start-up companies.
On the third day, the delegation visited the University of Applied Sciences in Wildau, located in a former
heavy machinery plant southeast of Berlin. Here, too, the combination of university, public institutions and research with private companies was a successful strategy for the redevelopment of the site. The delegation was guided by Mr. Janßen, head of the Local Office for Economic Development, the head of local planning and the head of the county heritage department. During the discussion it turned out that two issues are of high importance: First, the systematical analyses and remediation of contaminated sites and, second, the need for balancing the interest of protecting cultural heritage and the interest of private investors.
The informational trip was rounded out by a visit in the
Berlin State Heritage Authority, from where particularly the colleagues from the National Serbian Heritage Institute took valuable suggestions.
The participants agreed that the visit provided important impulses for the upcoming tasks in the development of the area “Kragujevac VTZ”, but also valuable general information on how to deal with industrial heritage in the redevelopment of industrial sites.

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