EFL member housing association 1892 wins European ERHIN Award
During the award event of the International Social Housing Festival in Lyon, EFL member “1892” from Berlin, won the first prize of the European Responsible Housing Award in the category “More than a roof- supporting communities of equal opportunities” .
This means ensuring decent, affordable housing (and which will remain so in the future), this being key to avoiding social and spatial segregation and promoting social cohesion in neighbourhoods. This year, the award went to housing cooperative Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG for their project “Nettelbeckplatz – An experimental way of renewal a cooperative housing estate in Berlin”. Watch the video of the project by clicking this LINK.
Dirk Lönnecker, nember of the Board, highlights the essential elements that made this project possible:
“The title of the category “More than a roof” is the key theme of housing cooperatives. As democratic members’ organizations they combine sustainable building, social and cultural aims.Although economic reasons play an important role to save building costs and to make affordable housing possible, non-financial benefits like a strong local community, egalitarian living standards and multi-generational solidarity are also important guidelines. Furthermore the success of the project was the result of a “co-operative/ co-working” process between all partners: research teams, architects, welfare organizations – in close interaction with the residents, neighborhood committees and the interdisciplinary staff of the “1892”.”