about us

creative sustainability tours berlin are coordinated by
id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability.

our philosophy

These pioneering tours help you discover Berlin’s unique, local initiatives:
open-source-urbanism, grassroots projects including cooperative housing, community gardens, ecological architecture, self-organized cultural spaces and much more. These best practices demonstrate that transformation and sustainability are not just an academic concept, but a visible part of our daily lives.

creative sustainability tours berlin are suitable for both residents and visitors, experts, students, activists as well as youth, and are presented in both English and German (other languages by request).

our guides

Dr. Michael A. LaFond

University research, teaching and publications deal with self-organized, civil society-initiated, re-developments of vacant land and buildings, informal planning, innovative uses of environmental technologies and democratizations of urban planning processes.

Inés Lauber

Inés Lauber operates at the intersection of design, art and gastronomy. She runs her own food design studio, which deals with food culture on all levels. Among other things, she organizes dinners, pop-up restaurants or bars. Inés uses only local, organic and preferably seasonal ingredients.

In the context of our Tours, she can lead groups on topics such as Urban Farming and Urban Gardening, Sustainable Urban Development and Architecture, and Alternative Living and Housing. She is also our expert in the context of Edible Urban Nature and Wild Herbs and can lead tours to many interesting places in the city.

She also offers workshops in Zero Waste and climate friendly cooking, Urban Gardening as well as cooking with wild herbs.


Jens Heimendahl

Jens Heimendahl is a social scientist and has lived in various districts of Berlin for more than 40 years. “Berlin never gets boring, I always discover new exciting places in the city”.  These are the places he loves to take his groups to, presenting a Berlin in a state of permanent change. Especially alternative ways of living, everyday life in the neighborhoods and Kreuzberg as the most colorful district of Berlin can inspire him. For id22, he has been guiding groups through the city since 2016.