ZIA Innovation Report: Awards for Berlin Neighborhood Projects

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Two neighborhood developments in Berlin have made it into the4th Innovation Report published by the ZIA, namely the Carossa district and the Heidestrasse district. Drees & Sommer is providing support for both projects and advising the clients on issues such as digital processes and sustainability. In doing so, the user is always the focus of attention.

Since 2017, the German Property Federation (ZIA) in its annual Innovation Report has been conferring awards on a range of real estate projects and solutions for their innovativeness. The total of 26 best-practice innovations selected by the interdisciplinary jury for this year’s Innovation Report include the Carossa district and the Heidestrasse district projects in Berlin.

Both projects feature an innovative approach to topics such as digital processes, sustainability and energy supply within a neighborhood, with a focus on networked living environments. The 8.5 hectare Heidestrasse district, for example, with its urban mix, puts emphasis on extensive digital networking of all aspects of life. Through technological innovations, it takes account of changing lifestyles, work patterns and forms of mobility. It is regarded as a pioneer in developing the smart urban district of the future. As a smart city, the Heidestrasse district not only aims to make a lively neighborhood possible, but also to make urban life easier, healthier and more ecological with the aid of digital technologies. Drees & Sommer is inputting its comprehensive expertise into the project. It has also developed the digital strategy, which covers the entire neighborhood and takes into consideration all uses and user groups.

Drees & Sommer is also providing comprehensive advisory services to the client for the Carossa district. This innovative urban quarter has around 1,500 apartments in the planning. It aims to provide its future residents with smart services, for example, including benefits such as strengthening the community, encouraging self-realization and promoting a sustainable lifestyle. The key factors for this were developed in a product design phase preceding the architectural competition. The Carossa district has already been recognized with Gold pre-certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its intelligent energy and sustainability concept.

Companies competed for inclusion in the publication with a total of 110 innovations. The group of entrants that made it into the Innovation Report was decided by a twelve-strong jury of industry insiders as well as non-industry members from business and science.

Further information can be found in the ZIA Innovation Report and at