Tool: Berlin-Beijing Learning Cities Map 北京 柏林 学习中的城市地图

Location Berlin-Beijing

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of city relations between Berlin and Beijing our CITYMAKERS-team developed a new framework for Sino-German twin cities to further learn and innovate for liveable city making – The Berlin-Beijing Learning Cities Map.

Mapping the Existing ‒ Revealing Opportunities 记录当下,展望未来 —— 宜居城市建设的互相学习和不断创新

The twin cities of Berlin and Beijing share strong cultural vitality as part of their identities. Although the parameters are different, urban innovation and the need for sustainable transformation are challenges to both cities equally.

How can cities and their actors learn globally from each other across cultures while acting locally and enriching the diversity of their cities? How do the two cities relate to each other and why? Who are the people that embody both cities’identities equally and create the linkage? What are the places and spaces of interest for mutual study? What activities have shaped the relationship so far and what is their potential? What are the relevant ideas for future collaboration?

Viewed through a “CITYMAKERS-lens”and focused on aspects of a “liveable city”, this map reflects an eco-system of relations and ideas we consider relevant for future exchange, e.g. new models of housing, approaches to cultural and industrial heritage, urban green and community culture, or sustainable mobility concepts. The map is a snapshot taken between April and November 2018 meant as a start to keep on revealing learning opportunities. Site investigation to be continued!

Space and Places representing topics of relevance for mutual learning, people and actors linking the cities, projects and joint actions happening already as well as ideas for future, last but not least: identities and city perceptions described in literary essays by invited authors.

Thanks to Petra Schwarz, The Senate Chancellery of the Governing Mayor of Berlin and its International Realtions Office within the framework of the 2018 Fostering Berlin’s City Partnerships support program. Thanks to Eve Nagel, Robert Bosch Stiftung! And to all editors Maja Linnemann, Silvan Hagenbrock, Xiaoxue Gao, Zhen Zhang, Luisa Keinprecht, Ines Eben V. Racknitz, collaborators Yi Meng Wu, contributors Shi Ming, Christian Y. Schmidt and participants, who joined our Launch Party. Additional thanks to our network partners: Goethe-Institut China, Crossboundaries, Public Art Lab, Creative City Berlin. Last but not least: Great Berlin-Beijing playlist enriching the evening with musical vibes curated by Philipp Grefer founder of WISE Beijing; and tea offered by Xian Tea, Gregor and Xia.

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