Berlin. There was no shortage of starting shots – this must be said when a milestone was proclaimed at Pankower Tor. In the 13 years or so since the first plans for a new quarter on the wasteland of the Pankow freight yard were rolled out, furniture entrepreneur Kurt Krieger, the Senate and the district have repeatedly redesigned. On the basis of declarations of intent, test procedures and also with court proceedings, they constantly determined how the city of the future should be built for more than 500 million euros on five construction sites along Granitzstrasse. But now the project is really getting very concrete: On December 11th, a workshop process will start, which will provide the first true-to-scale designs for the design of today’s steppe. The rough plans so far are given fine lines – the Pankower Tor is given character and face with designs by six teams of architects. So much is certain: the construction of 2,000 apartments, a furniture center, two schools and shops could also bring a striking high-rise to the north of Berlin.