Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 12:30 pm
Location: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Strasse 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Doug Saunders, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Christine Barwick, Associated Researcher, Centre Marc Bloch; Author of "Social Mobility and Neighbourhood Choice: Turkish-Germans in Berlin"
  • Anna Bernegg, Partner, Urban Catalyst; Launching Multi-City “Post-Corona City” Project
  • Klaus Schäfer, Professor, School of Architecture Bremen; Author of "Emergence from the Urban Fringe: Urbanization through Migration and Mixed Land Use"


The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the urgent need for a new approach to urban investment and redevelopment in Europe and North America.

In many cities, Covid-19 infections have been heavily concentrated, typically in peripheral lower-income, immigrant-heavy apartment districts where residents are dependent on in-person “essential” jobs and crowded public-transit journeys.

The health and economic challenges of the past 18 months – and the disproportionate effect of these challenges on specific neighbourhoods – have shown that isolated residential districts comparatively short of amenities and connections cannot be ignored or left to their own devices. The increasing suburbanization of immigration and poverty during the 21st century, especially after the 2015/16 migration wave, has left otherwise hopeful populations vulnerable to economic, environmental, and epidemiological shocks.

How do we turn isolated residential districts into healthy thriving places that produce a highly integrated and successful second generation? What are the hopes and ambitions of their residents, and what stands in the way? What interventions and improvements, made today, can prevent difficult multi-generational difficulties in the future?

The event will be hosted by Doug Saunders, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow and author of the recent policy paper How to Escape From the Neighbourhood Trap.

Registration for this event is closed.