The core ideas of the Fuggerei are open to a contemporary interpretation. As a result, they can also contribute today and to other locations in order to overcome social challenges and realise social homeland. »Fuggereis of the future« therefore give answers to seven challenges that are relevant in very many societies:
One central feature of a Fuggerei is strengthening the self-determination and dignity of its residents. A goal that is important around the world. The benefits of a Fuggerei in this respect are its quality as living space and its rules and conditions, which are based on the participation and respect for other people.
The concept of a Fuggerei for the security of its residents has many facets that can be adjusted to the requirements of the surroundings or the founders’ goals. A Fuggerei should be secure – wherever it is created.
A form of curation is possible in a Fuggerei, which guarantees compliance with humanistic values such as freedom from violence, tolerance, dignity and individual freedom. A »Fuggerei of the future« offers societies, where securing human dignity is or should be anchored as a guiding principle, the opportunity to work towards this positively.
Alongside securing the material livelihood, reflecting on questions of sense and values can also contribute to a successful life. There is room for this in a Fuggerei – whether in the form of buildings or open spaces that allow for calm and internal inspiration. This is particularly relevant if there are no spaces suitable for this outside a Fuggerei.
Living space means more than a roof over your head. Living space offers the possibility to develop in a safe, good environment and to realise the personal idea of good living. As a result, places become a house, a home where people are happy to stay. Architects and urban planners around the world are trying to develop suitable concepts for this deepest human need.
The »Fuggerei« concept is sustainable from the ground up and therefore can have a global impact. For as a foundation, the Fuggerei should exist forever and is therefore always managed with a long-term horizon – this also applies to every future Fuggerei that is created in the world.
Need is a global challenge that occurs with completely different characteristics. Need in Africa differs from need in Europe. Need of young people without job prospects is different from the need of old people for nursing care that has to be paid for.