The Senate of the State of Berlin is seeking to promote citizens’ participation as a foundation of political decision-making and to involve citizens in Berlin’s development.

As a central component, guidelines for the participation of citizens in spatial urban development were developed from November 2017 to August 2019 by a working committee of citizens, Berlin politicians and administrators in a participatory process with the public in workshops on site and online at In addition to supporting the communication process, nexus accompanied the working process of the working committee. nexus and the Planergemeinschaft für Stadt und Raum eG provided information on examples of guidelines from other cities and participation examples from Berlin, moderated the meetings of the working committee, prepared the workshops and prepared the results for the text of the guidelines.

On 03.09.2019, the Berlin Senate passed the bill on the guidelines, including the development of an implementation concept. Since October 2019, Planergemeinschaft für Stadt und Raum eG and nexus have been supporting the development of this concept, which is intended to provide a framework for the implementation of the guidelines by the Berlin administration.

Information on the guidelines can be found here.

Duration: Accompanying the work 11/2017 – 09/2019; Accompaniment of the implementation concept 11/2019 – 10/2020
Client: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen Berlin
Team: Dr. Birgit Böhm (Project management); Accompanying the work Nicolas Bach, Lore Binder, Dr. Carsten Herzberg; Accompanying the implementation concept Ansgar Düben, Franziska Detsch
Project partner: Planergemeinschaft für Stadt und Raum eG