The Social City: Marzahn and Potsdam
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This chapter examines the governance processes and the roles of actors in the Social City regeneration programme in the Berlin-Brandenburg region of Germany. The aims of the Social City centred on the renewal of housing, educational facilities, ecology and communal areas, and the chapter focuses on housing renewal and the key actors engaged in delivery of these projects. Through examining the case of Marzahn, a district in the east of Berlin, the success of implementing the targets is examined and the role of the main actors considered. The main purpose of the chapter is fi rst, to ascertain how successful were the projects was in Marzahn in the Social City regeneration initiative, and second, to conceptualise these in terms of governance models. The chapter uses the model and politikverfl echtung to explain power relationships between the actors and the effect of these on project outcomes. It then examines the governance of regeneration projects in Potsdam, as part of the pan-German Social City renewal initiative, setting out the key actors engaged in delivery of the projects that form the renewal, and the fi ndings from research conducted in Potsdam. The Potsdam sections of this chapter begin with an overview of projects and the targets in the area, which focus upon housing, education and science. The chapter then moves on to discuss the empirical data and fi ndings gathered from interviews and surveys in Potsdam, before mapping the governance models in the region, in terms of the key actors in regenerating the area.