about us

In order to preserve our planet, we must address the global problems. Not in theory, but in practice. Not tomorrow, but today.

Prof. Dr. Ekhart HahnProject initiator and chairman of the board

Initiator of the project Ekhart Hahn, initiated already national and international research projects, developed theoretical and conceptual foundations for a new ecological urban development and led model projects – from a single building up to a new ecological urban-rural development. For 20 years he has also taught this future task as a university lecturer at various national and international universities and colleges.

When over 1 million refugees came to Germany in 2016 as a result of climate change, wars and destroyed habitats, our government reacted rather helplessly – while both the UN and the World Bank estimated the number of refugees worldwide at over 70 million. Many felt called upon to make a contribution. Ekhart Hahn, with his knowledge and experience of a new ecological urban development, felt particularly challenged in this situation.

The Eco City – International Campus Wünsdorf is a visionary project that responds to these challenges and at the same time is a step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed on by the United Nations in 2015. It gives us hope that we have already won many people as supporters and sympathizers for the project.

As development progressed, more and more renowned experts, researchers, artists and other drivers of social change became enthusiastic about our project. This also includes numerous committed interns from various disciplines. In our project, they all recognize the potential for a forward-looking contribution to solving climate problems, flight causes, the preservation of our planet and peaceful coexistence.

experts team

Prof. Dr. Ekhart Hahn

Author and head of the project; founder of settlement ecology and ecological urban redevelopment; trend-setting model projects for ecological urban and neighbourhood development and a new sustainable urban-rural development.

Joachim Böttcher

Terra Preta-Pionier, agrarian ecologist; board member of the foundation ``Lebensraum Mensch Boden Wasser Luft``; co-initiator of the ``Kompetenzzentrum Boden, regenerative Landwirtschaft und Landnutzung``.

Winfried Brenne

Expert for energy-efficient restoration of listed buildings; buildings from all eras as well as national and international UNESCO World Heritage projects.

Frank Alva Buecheler

Migration activist and artist, involvement in refugee projects in the Middle East and Berlin, founder of FREEARTUS - artists and refugees united for freedom.

Rolf Disch

Visionary of solar architecture and ecological settlement planning, construction of the first plus energy house ``Heliotrop`` and the solar settlement Freiburg Vauban.

Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl

Artist, freelance landscape architect, globally active interdisciplinary urban planner. His works in the field of urban hydrology are considered groundbreaking.

Joachim Eble

Pioneer of ecological and integral planning and building; realises trend-setting sustainable architecture, urban quarters and master plans at both domestic and international level.

Andreas Foidl

Visionary business economist with well-founded commercial and real estate expertise; development, start-up and support of value- and public benefit-oriented projects.

Prof. i.V. Donia Hamdami

Creative Expert in Life Centered Design. Challenger of sustainable social innovations at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Prof.´in i.V. at the TH OWL, Department of University Didactics - FB Architecture, Interior Design + Urban Planning. Future Class/ Hybrid/ Design Thinking Coach in organizations + international multidisciplinary teams.

Nicole Hardt

Nicole works freelance as Creative Director and develops strategy & communication concepts for an understanding of quality and real value creation. She accompanies companies through the entire process, from the development of an identity to the implementation of communication, design & production to the product.

Bashar Hassoun

Co-founder of Lawrence Cultural Center for artists with and without refugee experience; numerous projects with partner organizations in Syria and Lebanon.

Andreas Krüger

Passionate city maker, communicator, moderator; supports municipalities, civil society actors; owner in the realisation of public welfare oriented spatial use strategies.

Matthias Ruff

Visual artist, founder of the educational institute ``Integrales Forum Berlin``. Project leader and curator of the Egyptian-German transformation project ``Yalla``. He supports Eco City in the areas of Academy, Aesthetics and project development.

Carole Sambale

Sociologist and expert for intercultural understanding, peace-building communication and conflict prevention with a focus on development cooperation in West and Central Africa.

Ina Schacht

Expert for visual communication; catalyzes projects in the field of education, migration, culture; talent for organization and coordination; head of the association's office.

Dr. Anne Schurbohm

Retired economist and auditor. Experience in international accounting, global team leadership, training and publications. She supports Eco City in administration and finance.

Insa Winkler

Environmental and art activist, founder of Social Land Art to explore the human-environment relationship; design of ecological landscape concepts.

interns & volunteers

Right from the start, the project is supported by numerous committed interns who take on a substantial part of the work – whether in the main or in the home office.

Fabian Fleckenstein

Fabian is our all-rounder - there's nothing he can't handle. He studied architecture, now urban future and supports the Eco City by media design and public relations, helps to structure the association and is our master-protocolist.

Anna Noe

Anna is studying Urban Culture in Essen - but she prefers to be in Berlin and supports us in our press and public relations work. Our presence at the environmental festival and the first press conference were designed by her.

Christin Thoma

studied cultural management and was substantially responsible for our exhibition in Lawrence. She joined the project for her master's thesis and couldn't and didn't want to leave.

Margit Reinalter

as a volunteer she supports work in the office and wherever she is needed.

Josefa Skalisi

Josefa Skalisi

Josefa studied regional development and conservation with a focus on environmental education. She wrote her dissertation on human rights education and education for sustainable development in South America. With Jonas and Iuliia she develops the international academy further.

Martin Güdelhofer

Martin Güdelhofer

studies tourism and regional development and writes his master thesis about the Eco City project. He also supports us with events and all other tasks.

Jonas Kohl

Jonas Kohl

Jonas has been with us for almost two years. He studies mechanical engineering, supported us with text and research work, as well as with the production of materials for public relations and develops the international academy further.

Hermann Paulenz

Hermann Paulenz

As an environmental engineer, he travels the world looking for ways to participate in sustainable solutions for a better future that affects us all. He supports us with both content and translations into English.

We would also like to thank our former interns for their contributions!

Joaquim Alves de Lima I Vepa Amansaryyev I Pauline Beck I Josephine Braun I Johann Drünert I Sherouk Elsheshai I Toril Meyer-Gerlt I Josephin Haardt I Thomas Haas I Maxim Höllein I Lotte Langer I Zora Ott I David Schaller I Jakob Schmitz I Steffi Sommer I Lilly Untner I Roxanne Vierhaus I Hannah Vogel I Lara Lohkamp













icec wünsdorf e.V.

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12435 Berlin

With the foundation of the association on 02.05.2018, a four-member executive committee was appointed by the constituent general meeting. The board members represent the interests of the association in the following order:

Chairman of the board
Prof. Dr. Ekhart Hahn

Nicole Hardt

Matthias Ruff

Dr. Anne Schurbohm

Here you will find our current charter and the current contribution regulations of the association

  • Charter icec wündsdorf e.V. PDF
  • Contribution regulation PDF
  • Foundation minutes PDF
  • Membership application PDF



Here you can download information material about the Eco City and the association.

Project Brochure (PDF, English, 3.4 MB)

Project Brochure (PDF, German, 3.4 MB)


We are currently working on the translation of further communication materials.
Please visit our German page for more downloads here

Other interesting links

Here we collect interesting background information for you on the topics of migration, urban and settlement policy, climate change and sustainability in connection with the Eco City.

International Press

Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) from 06-07-2019: Eco City Wünsdorf – Samowystarczalne miasto 

Bio City (Japan) from 08-03-2019

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