Germany’s Migrant Crisis Has Become Planners’ Canvas
Will Europe’s refugees fit in? That’s the question urban planners are tackling in major German cities. Last year, the nation welcomed more than 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers. While the country has seen waves of immigration from Turkey and elsewhere in recent history, the suddenness of the latest influx is forcing the country to rethink its planning, spurring prizewinning immigrant-focused social projects in Hamburg and Berlin that try to balance integration with familiar surroundings. But since wealthy Hamburgers protested cutting trees for immigrant housing, the city’s also asking the public to propose solutions.