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Giffey wants modular housing for refugees


Franziska Giffey (SPD), Governing Mayor of Berlin, in a conversation during the tour of a construction site.

Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey advocates for so-called modular housing to quickly accommodate people who have fled Ukraine.

Plans from 2015 and 2016 would be brought back to the table if the Bundestag and Bundesrat decided on changes in building law, the SPD politician said in an interview with rbb published on Tuesday (March 29, 2022). Of 60 projects dating from that time, 27 have been realized, so 33 are still open.

Modular construction also a solution for student housing

"In my opinion, we have to realize this modular construction," Giffey said. "We can use it initially to build housing for refugees; in the long-term, these apartments could be used for student housing. We need these places urgently." Modular construction means that prefabricated units are assembled into apartments on site, speeding up the construction process.

Giffey: First 100 days of new Senate positive

Giffey took positive stock of the first 100 days of her Senate in the interview, which is scheduled to air Tuesday evening. "We now have several difficult situations that we could not plan for," she said. Nevertheless, she said, the actual government program has also progressed. "And we can say that we have managed almost 100 percent, well over 90 percent of the plans as well. That's already a very good result under the conditions of crisis management by the way."

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 29 March 2022
Last updated: 29 March 2022

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