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14 committees, 8 discussion panels, a unique format: together with numerous representatives of Berlin’s urban society, the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists (VBKI) discussed intensively about the Berlin of tomorrow. Included among others: Franziska Giffy (Governing Mayor of Berlin), Laura Ludwig (Olympic champion beach volleyball 2016), Christian Gabler (Berlin State Secretary for Building and Housing) and Prof. Dr. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup (Urban planner, former State Secretary).
How do we finally make the administration fit for the future? Can a 13th district help take pressure off the housing market? Is Berlin ready for major events? How important are real laboratories for the smart city? And: What can the German metropolis learn from Paris? Under the headline Berlin.Do.Now. The VBKI Symposium 2022 in the SpreeHub of the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW Berlin) yesterday afternoon offered something of a visionary all-round view of the future of Berlin.
The foundation of the symposium, which is taking place again in person, is formed by eight discussion panels that deal with the top topics of Berlin’s future agenda – the active spectrum ranges from questions of urban development, sustainability, innovation, mobility, housing and sport to the future of cross-border cooperation in the Capital Region. The ideas and future concepts that have been developed over the course of the past few months by the evaluations of the VBKI served as the basis for the discussion. Around 200 people are taking part on site, and many more followed the symposium via live stream.
Discussed at the end of the symposium Franziska GiffyGoverning Mayor of Berlin and VBKI President Markus Voigt about the results of the symposium and the city’s future agenda.
VBKI President Markus Voigt said: “We should generally look at major events from an opportunity perspective – and not dismiss them from the outset as an economic stimulus program for the domestic economy. Our debate revolves far too much around the ‘if’. It would be much more exciting to focus on the ‘how’. Our games would be the games of the neighborhoods – close to people and as a strong driver of sustainable further development of the city.”
The annual VBKI symposium reflects the claim of the VBKI and its 2300 members to actively help shape Berlin’s future agenda. It serves as a forum for an intensive discussion process involving the entire city society on the question of what could and should characterize a successful and livable Berlin of tomorrow.
The discussion panels, which took place in person, were open to all interested Berliners. Concepts and strategies for the future of Berlin, which had been developed by the VBKI committees in the run-up to the symposium, served as a basis for discussion.
For more information, see www.vbki.de/symposium/2022
Sebastian Thomas | VBKI | Head of Communication | 030 / 72 61 08 17 |
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