Real estate – a social commodity. Land resources are finite and the question of how they are used is a social issue. Moreover, buildings inevitably have an impact on society, on public space – possibly for the duration of several generations.

This is where the work of Stiftung Edith Maryon begins. The nonprofit foundation sees its mission in removing, in dialogue with owners and users, land and properties from the stream of commerce and inheritance in such a way that they are no longer objects of speculation but instead made available, permanently but flexibly, to new projects that serve society. The primary goal in each case – to enduringly secure socially responsible places of residence and work – is to reduce the encumbrance of debt on the property. Further objectives are to connect up the areas of living and working, to promote the social cohabitation of young and old, of the able-bodied and people with disabilities, families and single households, to encourage self-accountable and self-administrative structures, as well as to promote living, good quality architecture that encompasses green building methods enabling people to feel at ease with their individuality and within the social whole.

Stiftung Edith Maryon sees its task in paving the way for innovative social partnerships between property owners and the occupiers, and in implementing these proposals in the form of tangible projects relevant to everyday life. Our efforts focus not just on “residence” but also on self-accountable upkeep and maintenance. In this regard, the Foundation promotes sustainable initiatives taking into account universal responsibility for humankind and the natural environment.

These objectives make Stiftung Edith Maryon a cross-generational project. While the residents and users of individual properties come and go, the Foundation remains – together with the impulse toward social and public benefit that inhabits a particular project.

The illustration at the top shows Rudolf Steiner’s handwritten dedication to Edith Maryon in the book «In Ausführung der Dreigliederung des sozialen Organismus», Stuttgart, 1920 (Essays on the Threefolding of the Social Organism).