A new food-productive life for Berlin’s fire break walls?
Yesterday, Katrin Bohn was invited by the Eastern branch of Germany’s B.A.U. Association [B.A.U.-Regionalgruppe Ost des Bund Architektur & Umwelt e.V.] to consult on its Initiative Green Fire Break Walls [Initiative Grüne Brandwände]. Aim of the working meeting of the association was to explore synergies between its own initiative to transform into “green walls” Berlin’s many unused firewalls and current urban food production (and system) activities.
Because of her expertise with designing for urban agriculture, Katrin joined architect Reinhard Paul Groszmann in this open panel discussion with about 15 members of the group.
Whilst this initiative started off in Berlin, B.A.U. is active all over Germany.
Naturally, fire walls do not have windows, so that a continuous insulation is inexpensive and does not lead to the loophole effect. Whilst some of the unplastered fire walls serve as nesting places for birds and bats. this can be determined by ornitologists and maintained with new nesting aids in the insulated facade’.These firewalls seem excellent opportunities to establish “green walls” which, according to the association, can easily be integrated with the building insulation measures that many Berlin buildings are obliged to undertake anyway. These “green walls” can be executed fully or partly as “edible green walls”. With Katrin, the association discussed options of building-integrated agriculture, as well as issues such as its maintenance and financing.