Third-party funded project

"Aktionsräume Plus" – Integrated Neighbourhood Development in Berlin

Research Department: Regeneration of Cities and Towns

IRS Research Topic: Forms and Implications of Spatial Governance

Project Leader within IRS: Dr. Heike Liebmann

Project Team: Daniel Förste Christopher Knappe

Funding Organization: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt

Duration: 02/2010 - 12/2013

In connection with the structural realignment of urban development policies in Berlin (through the framework strategy social urban development), the Berlin Senate has defined five large-area Action Spaces Plus (Aktionsräume plus) within Berlin – an area which includes about a quarter of the population of Berlin.

The results drawn from monitoring social urban development in 2008 and 2009 provide the background for this project. The monitoring revealed complex socio-economic and demographic problems in the observed areas, which arise in part from mutually reinforcing negative urban developments. An above-average rate of unemployment or social security recipients characterises these areas. Compared to other parts of the city, inhabitants of these districts have frequently experienced the problems associated with a low quality of life, substandard working conditions and limited educational opportunities for children and adolescents.

Within the Action Spaces Plus project, both the Senate and the district authorities themselves adopt the socio-spatial approach of integrated urban (district) development with the objective of improving the overall socio-spatial conditions and the built environment. They aim to intensify existing efforts to alleviate conditions through a more effective, targeted use of urban development funding and the resources of other administrative departments. Through this collaboration between the Senate and district authorities, the overall goal is to better synthesise actions. Moving beyond the boundaries between different departments, programmes, and neighbourhoods, social space becomes the focus. Within Action Spaces Plus, existing contexts of urban development funding are both stabilised and further integrated.