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The Eckwerk is a building planned as a living-working environment, a community. A place where residents not only sleep, work, but also help grow their own food, both plants and animals. The building is meant to never be finished, to always grow or shrink, to adjust to what ever is needed. In so many senses of the word, this building is alive, living and breathing.

The Eckwerk is a building planned as a living-working environment, a community. A place where residents not only sleep, work, but also help grow their own food, both plants and animals. The building is meant to never be finished, to always grow or shrink, to adjust to what ever is needed. In so many senses of the word, this building is alive, living and breathing.

The city and it's people have declared their dedication to a higher standard of sustainability and green energy. The plan is to get rid of nuclear power sources completely within Germany, as well as to switch to renewable energy sources for all energy needs. At the same time, there is a large push towards inner-city production of food, with urban farms increasing within the city limits. Berlin is looking to sustain itself, to produce its own energy for both machines and people.

The city and it's people have declared their dedication to a higher standard of sustainability and green energy. The plan is to get rid of nuclear power sources completely within Germany, as well as to switch to renewable energy sources for all energy needs. At the same time, there is a large push towards inner-city production of food, with urban farms increasing within the city limits. Berlin is looking to sustain itself, to produce its own energy for both machines and people.

Architecture does not always have to be practical, it can also be monumental. This Holocaust monument is a reminder of dark times and that we should be more open and understanding human beings, otherwise the mounds of the dead can be staggering. A reminder can also be a social service.

Architecture does not always have to be practical, it can also be monumental. This Holocaust monument is a reminder of dark times and that we should be more open and understanding human beings, otherwise the mounds of the dead can be staggering. A reminder can also be a social service.

Berlin, and other German cities, has a unique approach to supplementing apartment living. These small "garden colonies" crop up with the middle of the city, small plots of land meant for people who otherwise do not have access to their own garden. This way people can live within the city, in an apartment, but still garden as if they lived in a suburb.

Berlin, and other German cities, has a unique approach to supplementing apartment living. These small "garden colonies" crop up with the middle of the city, small plots of land meant for people who otherwise do not have access to their own garden. This way people can live within the city, in an apartment, but still garden as if they lived in a suburb.

Berlin's roofs are covered in gardens. This is to help with rainwater absorption and air quality, as well as to open the roof to human use.

Berlin's roofs are covered in gardens. This is to help with rainwater absorption and air quality, as well as to open the roof to human use.

The first steps towards becoming sustainable and regenerative can be small, they can be simple. Like this architect, for example, who uses potted plants as a green facade, which requires less structure and soil, but also means the tenants can also leave their own mark on the way the building looks from the exterior. It may be simple, but every plant helps improve air quality.

The first steps towards becoming sustainable and regenerative can be small, they can be simple. Like this architect, for example, who uses potted plants as a green facade, which requires less structure and soil, but also means the tenants can also leave their own mark on the way the building looks from the exterior. It may be simple, but every plant helps improve air quality.

We are coming to the point, where solar and wind technologies are no longer confined to large open areas and mass installation in order to be economically feasible. In fact, with the help of nano technology, we will probably soon be able to paint solar panels onto our roofs. For now, this house uses solar panels themselves for its facade. It stores or passes back to the grid any energy it does not use, and the facade not only powers the house but the cars as well.

We are coming to the point, where solar and wind technologies are no longer confined to large open areas and mass installation in order to be economically feasible. In fact, with the help of nano technology, we will probably soon be able to paint solar panels onto our roofs. For now, this house uses solar panels themselves for its facade. It stores or passes back to the grid any energy it does not use, and the facade not only powers the house but the cars as well.

Public space and housing should be mixed together. If the first floor of every building remains open to the public, as retails space, for services, restaurants, or offices, then the street remains a more lively place that can interact with the buildings along side it. The housing floats above the street.

Public space and housing should be mixed together. If the first floor of every building remains open to the public, as retails space, for services, restaurants, or offices, then the street remains a more lively place that can interact with the buildings along side it. The housing floats above the street.

There should be a variety of low rent housing, if there is enough choice, then people wont see the need to create their own settlements within the city.

There should be a variety of low rent housing, if there is enough choice, then people wont see the need to create their own settlements within the city.

A mix of different densities can create a much more diverse city scape, as well as provide housing for people from different types of financial backgrounds. Having a few higher-rise buildings in multiple spots also provides for a more diverse skyline than if they were all clumped together.

A mix of different densities can create a much more diverse city scape, as well as provide housing for people from different types of financial backgrounds. Having a few higher-rise buildings in multiple spots also provides for a more diverse skyline than if they were all clumped together.

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