"Despite a very skilful development plan that largely spared the tree population (...)", it took the support of even Prussian government officials to push through the building permit.
Martin Wagner, a city councillor for construction, was even sent to prison twice.
And what is actually a "roof war"?
There are long-forgotten, curious and unknown facts to be discovered.
Bruno Taut's "Theory of Colours".
The Horseshoe Settlement Britz and, even more intensively, the Falkenberg Settlement: both settlements are seen as the way to Bruno Taut's local colour masterpiece.
Alternating, polychrome colouring of the façades and building components. The use of colour is not an end in itself, but an expression of an urban planning concept harmonizing with nature and landscape.
Otto Rudolf Salvisberg & Hugo Häring
The two competitors also built in colour, of course. Rather unusual for both of them.
And before that?
Two fascinating building projects took place before part of the forest had to make way for the Waldsiedlung.
Parts of which can still be admired today. On our tour.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site "Settlements of Berlin Modernism" can celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2023.
Back then, the Waldsiedlung was supposed to be included, but things turned out differently.
Now it may actually be included as the seventh settlement with World Heritage status. Whether this will happen in the anniversary year will become clear in the summer.
You can find detailed information about the tour HERE
(in German language).
You will be guided by Christian Fessel / Mann mit Hut Touren, the long-time head of the Information Centre for the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne - Großsiedlung Siemensstadt / Ringsiedlung Siemensstadt":
"As always with my city tours, both historical and social aspects are addressed.
Not dry, boring and crammed with numbers, but relaxed, entertaining and interesting for everyone."