What is the answer to the Future of Living?


Iris Belle, Erhard An-He Kinzelbach and Binke, co-founder of Crossboundaries, have spent the last six months trying to answer that. Two weeks ago in Berlin the team presented the results and conclusions gathered to date at the AEDES Metropolitan Laboratory and at the Asian Pacific Week's Start-up Cities Workshop.

The project “CITYMAKERS - Future of Living” explores how elements from existing innovative German co-housing models can be employed in China. The workshop last year in Beijing, hosted experts in the fields of real estate development, city planning, sharing economy, policy and design to share their specific knowledge. Working with this experienced panel was the first step to develop a Starter Kit that sets the ground for the draft of the future brief of the project’s end goal, a 1:1 prototype.

"CITYMAKERS – Future of Living" is one of three topics being explored in the CITYMAKERS China-Germany project, alongside Urban Farming and Cultural Memory, by three cross-cultural teams.

The research project “CITYMAKERS - Future of Living” led by Iris Belle (Tongji University, Shanghai), Erhard An-He Kinzelbach (Bochum University of Applied Sciences/ KNOWSPACE, Berlin) and Binke Lenhardt (Crossboundaries, Beijing) was conceived in the frame of the program CITYMAKERS China-Germany, a program for urban innovators that was initiated by Robert Bosch Stiftung, conceptualized and implemented by the agency CONSTELLATIONS International. "Future of Living" is one of three projects that was awarded a grant for incubation.

In addition, Binke participated the Mapping Creative Cities organized by CONSTELLATIONS in Berlin. In anticipation of the 25 years sister-city anniversary in 2019, the mapping workshop was to investigate how cities can learn from each other and how knowledge and experience can be transferred between Berlin and Beijing. One of the goals was also to think of potential activities during the festivities next year.