Other shortlisted practices 2014

Citizens’ Forum – A Center for All

This project is a civic initiative in an informal and moderated format. The Forum – A Center for All has set itself the goal: reaching extensive inclusion and diversity in urban development.

“They did not name this vision ‘Paradise on Earth’, but they teach us the longing for the ‘Inclusive Quarter.”

Wolfgang ROSE, Member of Parliament, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Citizens’ Forum – A Center for All
Organisation:a civic initiative
of origin
Beneficiaries targeted future accommodation users
Approach/ model/ solution:to avoid accessibility problems before building apartments


  • local parliament of Hamburg-Altona had selected the “Forum – A Center for All” as a best practice example
  • 30 concrete postulations went to politicians and to the administration
  • won the Senator-Neumann-award of the Hamburg Senate (Federal State Government)
  • direct support is not part of the project


How  could  barrier-free  solutions be taken  into  consideration  before  planning  a  new urban district? Why not think about barrier-freedom during the planning phase of new living quarters? With  these  questions  and  ideas  the  civic  initiative  started  the project and discussions in order to solve possible problems before they occur.


The informal, highly efficient project “Citizens’ Forum A Center for All” triggers a new approach for politics and administration in Hamburg in favor of (social) inclusion in urban development. Focused on imminent urban development and construction and on the issue of citizens’ participation in public decision-making, it was initiated and is moderated by “Q8”, an activity of “Evangelische Stiftung Alsterdorf”.


The project has shown a demonstrable effect: politics and administration have adopted the initiative’s postulations , an intense preoccupation with the subject inclusion in the urban development has been set in motion in Hamburg. The “growth potential” and the development can be traced in all the places where one is serious about inclusion in urban development. Within a few years now, 15 Forum meetings have been held to develop the requirements and refine them. Cost-benefit ratios have to be explored now, including social cost-and-benefit components.

forum meeting

Participants of one of the forum meetings .


Mr. Michael PREUSS
Mail: c/o Ms Karen HAUBENREISSER
Q8 Eine Mitte für Alle
Max-Brauer-Allee 50, 22765 Hamburg
+ 49 40 86 60 83 73