On 15 July, the delegation visited Messestadt Riem, an urban district in the east of Munich, located entirely on the grounds of the 1992 abandoned Munich-Riem airport. Today, the revitalized community includes a residential area, a technology park and the Neue Messe München trade fair center. This transformation from former airport to a new district with a convention centre, apartment buildings and green parks was one of the largest projects in urban planning of the city of Munich in the late 1990s and at the beginning of the 21st century.
Nowadays, the district is characterized by its environmental-friendly life style and its history of hosting numerous innovative projects: the first projects for car-free living in Munich have been launched in this particular neighborhood since 1998. Also, the first multi-family passive house and the first multifamily zero-energy house in Munich were built in the Messestadt. With the Riem Arcaden, a large-scale mall, closeby, local residents can easily complete their daily errands and enjoy their leisure time in the numerous calm pedestrian zones. The multitude of kindergartens and primary schools nearby makes the Messestadt Riem a suitable location for young families to live.