Eco City – international campus wünsdorf Urban gardens, parks, naturally designed water landscapes, liveability and car-free accessibility: the green spine forms the backbone of the city

With the Eco City Wünsdorf a first ecological model and future city is realized. In this city, the concepts of cellular and networked settlement structures are systematically realised, tested, taught and lived by the inhabitants. Essential elements are ecological construction methods and urban structures, sustainable energy supply, local water and material cycles, local food production, CO2-neutral mobility and local economy. The result is a city we do not yet know – a symbiosis of nature and technology, a combination of the tried and tested with social and technological innovations and a cosmopolitan atmosphere alongside a family community.

the urban design

The Eco Station is the heart chamber of Eco City. Here the new cellular and networked supply and disposal systems are technically and functionally combined. The Ecostation is a place of communication, experience and learning for trainees, researchers and the public.
Terra-Preta plant : Terra Preta is an extremely fertile deep black soil obtained from black water, organic waste and green cuttings with the addition of locally produced charcoal and used for soil improvement and as a basis for local agriculture and gardening.
In the former Panzerhalle, the Teaching workshops of the Campus City as well as other training and production facilities will be accommodated.
The waste water is reprocessed using plant-based purification plants . They are filtered by a percolation process and purified by the interaction of selected marsh plants and microorganisms so that they can then be returned to the natural water cycle or further treated in the Eco Station.
The Eco City is a “city of short distances” and largely car-free. The tangentially arranged mobility centre is a contact point for all other forms of mobility such as electric mobility, driving services, car and bike sharing.
Eco City has its own building yard with research facilities and experimental areas.
The former barracks have been redesigned as housing spaces for up to 10,000 trainees by the intercultural residents*. The residential quarters generate their energy decentrally with renewable energies and are part of local energy, water and material cycles.
On the water island there is the interreligious centre . It is a house for the religious and spiritual communities of the city’s inhabitants, based on the House of One in Berlin.
The historical sports facilities are being repaired and gradually modernised.
The Academy carries the findings and experiences of the eco city to the world and above all to the global crisis areas. It serves the exchange and cooperation with global partners from science, politics, economy and culture and has the necessary seminar, conference and research rooms.
With the help of Orangerie , plants from warmer climate zones can also be cultivated. Heating during the cold months is provided by solar technologies such as photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. It is also open to the public and creates an attractive oasis of peace in the midst of exotic and tropical plants.
Integrated into the energy and material cycles of the Eco City, sophisticated plants and foodstuffs can be cultivated in the Greenhouses by hydroponics or using solar heat input, resource-efficient and CO2-neutral.
Artistic development plays a key role. The intercultural centre serves the exchange and understanding between people of different origins and the public. Art therapeutic approaches for overcoming trauma are applied.
The Information centre : Information centre, community centre with various central facilities, shops and restaurants, hotel, boarding house, health centre with day clinic, approx. 300 apartments for employees.
The Research Centre is dedicated to the further development of Eco City and supports the work of the international academy. In the sense of a real laboratory, the entire campus is understood as an integral research object with local and global questions.
The Forest Gardens are based on the natural forest. By selecting suitable plants that are in ecological equilibrium with each other, they are highly productive and resilient on a small multi-storey area.
The Green Spine is a highly productive garden landscape with fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and berries. The natural central watercourse invites you to linger, relax and communicate through attractive paths and places and at the same time serves the local climate and biological rainwater purification and management.

implementation phases

1.000 Apprentices –
The future starts immediately

  • Model transformation of the existing initial reception center for refugees into campus neighborhood A1
  • Start of agricultural-horticultural use and training on the fallow open spaces
  • Establishment of first campus workshops and educational facilities, ecological and cultural infrastructures in existing buildings
A1  Campus neighborhoods 1
    • Co-Housing
    • Co-Education
    • Co-Existing

Ecological adaptation and remediation

  • buildings
  • open spaces
  • urban gardening
B  Green Spine / productive gardens
C  Training workshops

2.500 Apprentices –
Renovation and transformation

  • former tank barracks becomes campus neighborhood A2
  • former tank garage is being converted into the central building of the training workshops
  • Former Army Sports School becomes International Academy and Intercultural center
  • former sports areas are reactivated
A2   Campus neighborhoods 2
B   Green Spine / Productive Gardens
C   Training Workshops
D  Seminar rooms / Vocational school
E   Eco Station

6.000 Apprentices –
New construction

  • Campus neighborhoods A3 and A4 are created
  • Town center A5 with administration, apartments for employees, boarding house, hotel, health center
  • Eco Station, Mobility Center, Greenhouses
  • Green spine with central lake and inter-religious center
A3,4   Campus neighborhoods 3 and 4
B   Green Spine /Productive Gardens
C   Training Workshops
D  Seminar rooms / Vocational school
E   Eco Station
F  Mobility Center
G Sports Facilities
H   Interreligious Center
I   Intercultural Center
J   International Academy
K   Community Center (Market and Boarding House)

max 10.000 Apprentices –
Further new housing developments

  • Campus neighborhoods A6 and A7
  • With the Forest Gardens, the agricultural land will be expanded to 25 ha, of which 3.5 ha isunder glass – 80% self-sufficiency with fruits, vegetables and herbs – Meat and field crops come from partners in the region
  • Construction of ecological garden city neighborhoods for employees in the vicinity of the Eco City
A5,6   Campus Neighborhoods 5 and 6
B   Green Spine /Productive Gardens
C   Training Workshops
D  Seminar rooms / Vocational school
E   Eco Station
F  Mobility Center
G Sports Facilities
H   Interreligious Center
I   Intercultural Center
J   International Academy
K   Community Center (Market and Boarding House)
L  Orangery / Greenhouses

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