right next to the Deposit machine is high, above three rooms, parquet floor, terrace. The fridge is empty, you do not need to put on your shopping for the jacket. On the roofs of supermarkets could be created according to experts, nationwide, hundreds of thousands of apartments. You say: If you would also increase office building and Parking lots, and Parking is wiser to make use of, you could relax just in the big cities so critical to the housing market.

nationwide Institute missing, according to the estimates of the Pestel-currently about one Million homes. Each year, about 400,000 would have to be built – in the past year, there were at least 300.000 apartments, says Institute Director Matthias Günther. But especially in the Rhein-Main area, Düsseldorf and Cologne, Münster and Paderborn, North of Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, and Fribourg many new homes would be needed.

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Of Lorenz Wolf-Doettinchem air pictures is as a tool for urban densification

Just in cities, cheap land now but rar. Often the money is there, loans are still cheap, but the buttons are missing. Scientists at the TU Darmstadt have for an Alliance of housing and Bauverbänden looked at therefore, aerial images of the metropolises and space for apartments wanted.

you have Found the “scars of urban development” as the study Director Karsten Tichelmann says: one-story supermarkets with large, paved Parking spaces, designed in a pragmatic way, “brittle” Park homes in the middle of the downtown, unpretentious, purpose-built buildings with offices and shops. You would increase you smart, empty buildings and Parking lots to better use, could be more than 1.2 million new homes built, says Tichelmann – without a square meter of new, expensive building land.

Quite new to the Tichelmanns idea is that the Berlin Senate has recalculated and 330 locations with single-storey food markets, potential for up to 36,000 homes identified. A store with a roof-top apartments built in the Discounter Lidl in the vicinity of the former border crossing Bornholmer Straße. Several similar projects are planned, also in Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Also Aldi Nord intends to build in Berlin, around 2000 apartments. The first of them will be in the spring of 2020, a further 15 sites to be in the planning.

‘ll be at the discounters: the Federal government

Easy floors to the old low-rise buildings, the experts at the Federal chamber of architects. “The discounters will not be overbuilding,” says head of unit Paul Lichtenthäler. The buildings were not designed for this, but you have the use of the land and the often-large Parking lot then also not optimal. But of course it is good, if these “ugly wounds of the city” walls. “In principle, you have to tear down and start from scratch,” says he, with underground garages and driveways for delivery trucks, so that it would be in the morning too loud. “Anti-noise you can get with Windows a lot,” he says. “But people will notice, nevertheless, that you live above a supermarket.”

examples of Living on the car Park there are already. In Cologne, the architects placed a old Park house, plastered cottage white on the roof, and in between a small village lane, which will remind you of southern fishing villages. However, it took years until they got a building permit for it. The planning law should be more flexible, and therefore demand construction associations.

Often, supermarkets and car parks were very attractive in the middle of the city, says Tichelmann. “Why are these precious faces?”, he asks. In General, you could rent the apartments out relatively expensive, Good views, sun, modern equipment. In addition, Park house could be just the roofs of well-turfed, because they withstood a lot of load here, about day-care centres could be created. Also in many German cities is scarce.

branches with residential development not suitable for every site, says the Discounter Lidl. “In the country, in smaller cities and in the suburbs, we need single-storey retail outlets with generous and customer-friendly Parking areas.” And also in the big cities, the people did not want to areas in industry or at a busy rail lines, life, means of the organization.

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