Edited by: Katja-Annika Pahl, Iris Reuther, Jürgen Tietz, Peter Stubbe

Authors: Vanessa M. Carlow, Jürgen Aring, Dirk Christiansen, Angelus Eisinger, Bernd Hunger, Thomas Kuder, Joachim Lohse, Hans-Rudolf Meier, Frank-Heinrich Müller, Katja-Annika Pahl, Iris Reuter, Konrad Rotfuchs, Christian Scheler, Peter Stubbe, Jürgen Tietz


The large housing estate Neue Vahr in Bremen is an urban success model. Created at the beginning of the 1960s as the „City of the Future“, based on designs by Ernst May among others, it is one of the largest post-war modernist housing estates in Germany. With the model process Neue Vahr, the housing association GEWOBA in cooperation with the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has initiated an exemplary development process for the district. On the basis of a precise analysis of the existing buildings, the infrastructure and the green spaces, but also of the residents, an interdisciplinary team from architecture, city planning, traffic planning and landscape architecture, with the participation of external experts and residents, has developed future visions for the settlement. The aim was to preserve the district’s qualities and at the same time strengthen community life in the Neue Vahr as a city of the 21st century, where affordable living in a healthy, green environment remains possible.