SUCCESS STORIES

Moabit West: Citizen engagement at the core of urban development plan

Our Smart Sustainable Districts team and our partner community support city stakeholders to develop and deliver transformative sustainability projects at a city-district scale. We prioritise a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders in tackling simultaneous challenges. Our experience has shown that working at the city-district scale brings the complexity of whole-city urban challenges down to a more viable neighbourhood unit. City and district stakeholders can plan, pilot and prove approaches that overcome challenges to systemic change – to then be scaled back to city-wide implementation.

The problem

Moabit West, part of Moabit island at the heart of Berlin, is a city district area that is both residential and industrial. Like many European cities, there is significant pressure on the Berlin administration to create quality living spaces and affordable housing for a growing Metropolis. The borough of Berlin Mitte, which oversees the administration of Moabit, expects at least 24,000 inhabitants by 2030, and, in 2015, approved planning for almost 4,000 flats.

Against this housing backdrop, the district and city authorities have notable ambitions for a sustainable, resilient and low-carbon future. The “Green Moabit“ urban development plan, adopted in 2014 by the district municipality, encompassed an integrated landscape of solutions spanning water, waste, energy, mobility, public space and social infrastructure. However, the local authority required further delivery support, which EIT Climate-KIC offered.

The solution

The EIT Climate-KIC Smart Sustainable Districts team stepped in, helping to bridge the activity gap between the Green Moabit concept and its implementation.  The CHORA City & Energy department of Technical University Berlin, an EIT Climate-KIC partner, led the project management, liaising across stakeholders, managing and coordinating interests, and facilitating the integration of innovations and technologies.

The project team focused on three main areas for Moabit West: sustainable water management, energy efficiency and low carbon mobility. In the first phase of the project, the three focus areas were developed separately, before identifying interactions and potential for integration. The cross-cutting urban planning tool, District Data Atlas, a hub for viewing and exchanging geo data in 2D and 3D, integrated all themes right from the beginning and represented the challenges in a holistic way

A so-called Smart Citizen Network Board brought together representatives of the district administration, the urban utilities, the enterprise network, the quarter management office and the project leads, discussing general needs across Berlin and the ways in which the pilot projects in Moabit West are relevant for the city as a whole.

The impact

EIT Climate-KIC’s involvement brought together over 120 local stakeholders, creating capacity, common purpose and new funding.  Germany’s national development bank, KfW, has agreed to fund a Central Energy Manager, who will continue the Smart Sustainable Districts work in Moabit West. In addition, utilities and infrastructure companies have come forward to become implementation partners and 120k € in co-funding was raised from partners. 

Using planning tools developed in the Smart Sustainable Districts programme, a number of studies were undertaken that brought science and data and multi-disciplined stakeholders together. These included:

  1. The ‘Smart Street’ project developed a blueprint for a more resilient street regeneration to reduce the risk of flooding, which Berlin experiences about 30 times per year. The redesign included tree pits using a smart drainage system, the installation of public bike-sharing stations and the implementation of a more efficient lighting system.
  2. The potential for local businesses to get involved in the development through street-level simulations of future scenarios.
  3. Citizen mapping and use of big data to include crowd-mapping of projects and transport demands, a new bike sharing scheme and the introduction of an autonomously driving E-bus, planned as a demonstrator project, and use of smartphone apps and social media to encourage dialogue driven by cultural interest.

EIT Climate-KIC’s role

EIT Climate-KIC opened up new partnerships and funding streams by establishing a safe sharing environment and using its partner, Technical University Berlin, as a neutral coordinating entity. It set new standards for collaboration through the Smart Citizen Network Board and revolutionised data sharing across large groups of stakeholders with the District Data Atlas and Urban Gallery. Both innovations also attracted significant media interest and helped to lift the “Green Moabit” brand, bringing in new investments and implementation partners. 

“There’s some magic about being part of a European wide programme and sharing the experience with other districts,” says Kuhla von Bergmann, District key account manager. “Stakeholders are desperate for knowledge and evidence. If a water expert from the Netherlands supports a particular perspective, that can really influence and will impact the local readiness to put investment behind it.”

Find out more about our Smart Sustainable Districts programme here.

 
Success Stories you may be interested in
Success Stories
London Queen Elizabeth Park: Harnessing the power ...

Our Smart Sustainable Districts team and our partner community...

London Queen Elizabeth Park: Harnessing the power of an integrated single data platform to pursue sustainability projects
Success Stories
2nd SKIN: Systemic deep retrofit for social housin...

Refurbishment is a necessary step to reach the ambitious...

2nd SKIN: Systemic deep retrofit for social housing
Success Stories
Sofia Urban Challenge: finding agile solutions to ...

With EIT Climate-KIC’s support, the Bulgarian capital Sofia has...

Sofia Urban Challenge: finding agile solutions to air quality
Success Stories
Smart Sustainable Offices

The Smart Sustainable Office project has developed a suite...

Smart Sustainable Offices
Success Stories
Municipal E-Bus Planner 2 (Munep2)

Munep2 has developed innovative planning software that helps transport...

Municipal E-Bus Planner 2 (Munep2)
Success Stories
Moabit West, Berlin

Ambitious sustainability goals characterise the urban development plan of...

Moabit West, Berlin
Success Stories
Matchmaker

Matchmaker links private investors with suitable urban sustainability initiatives,...

Matchmaker
Success Stories
Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL)

Low Carbon City Lab is a global innovation hub...

Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL)
Success Stories
Facade Leasing

Facade Leasing is a pilot project that aims to...

Facade Leasing
Success Stories
Total Recycle Decommissioning (TRD)

Plans to build the EU’s first recycling facility for...

Total Recycle Decommissioning (TRD)
Success Stories
Place’In

Place’In, a web-based tool for planning and costing circular...

Place’In
Success Stories
Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0

EIT Climate-KIC Demonstrator project Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 is an...

Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0
Success Stories
EnCO2re

EnCO2re is a flagship programme within EIT Climate-KIC’s Sustainable Production...

EnCO2re
Success Stories
SimGas

SimGas makes and installs domestic biogas systems in farms...

SimGas
Success Stories
nextProtein

French-Tunisian start-up nextProtein converts insects raised on a diet...

nextProtein
Success Stories
Meridia (formerly Landmapp)

Dutch start-up Meridia, a graduate of EIT Climate-KIC’s Accelerator...

Meridia (formerly Landmapp)
Success Stories
Cycle Farms

Cycle Farms is an all-in-one insect farming system producing...

Cycle Farms
Success Stories
Carbon Delta

Carbon Delta evaluates the climate resilience of companies and...

Carbon Delta
Success Stories
Rezatec

Rezatec transforms earth observation data from satellite, airborne and...

Rezatec
Success Stories
IMC4T

IMC4T is developing a monitoring system that uses anonymised...

IMC4T
Success Stories
Green Bonds for Cities

Green bonds, which offer a source of low-cost capital...

Green Bonds for Cities
Success Stories
City Finance Lab

The Problem Between €0.36 and €1 trillion per annum...

City Finance Lab