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German Professor Eckhard Hahn has proposed to turn the former military base of the Nazis and then the Soviet soldiers in Wünsdorf (Federal state Brandenburg) in the eco-city. Khan wants to open a laboratory where thousands of students will study urban studies. According to the Professor, such settlements will save the world from global climate crisis, writes Deutsche Welle.
In the years 1936-1945 in Wünsdorf was the headquarters of the Supreme command of the land forces of the Wehrmacht. Later he took command of the group of Soviet occupation forces (later Western group of forces). In the early 1990s, with the local station every day to Moscow and went straight to the train, but now abandoned. She was cut off from all communications and shut down. Here allowed visitors by appointment, the visit costs 15 Euro (a little more than a thousand). In Wünsdorf remained empty theater building, pool and former officers with the monument to Vladimir Lenin.
Plan Professor Khan for creating “city of the future” provides the maximum autonomy and sustainability — in particular, the use of renewable energy sources. Also, the urbanist believes that the ecovillage is able to independently provide themselves with fruits and vegetables and to establish recycling rainwater.
However, the Agency for regional development of Brandenburg believe that the idea of Khan is unrealizable. Almost all of the former barracks in the area has long been converted into apartments. While the project eco-city requires the relocation of about 10 thousands of students that will be perceived as a “foreign body”. In addition, the need to renew areas forest areas (almost impossible), and some areas of the military base has already been sold. Local authorities have repeatedly faced with investors who have concluded a broad agreement, but the project remained only on paper and didn’t move. There is also migration risks: in Wünsdorf, a lot of work at the center of initial reception of people seeking asylum in Germany.
The Professor himself evasively answers the question about the realism of his ideas. It seems symbolic that a town whose history is connected with military operations, can be an innovative and experimental platform, and therefore considers it essential to further negotiations.
In the summer of 2019, it was reported that on the territory of the former concentration camps of Topovske Supe and Sajmiste in Serbia wanted to build a shopping center worth $ 220 million (15 billion rubles), however, the local authorities found a way to stop it.
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