One concern of the Foundation is the provision of affordable plots of land and buildings for cultural and social initiatives and alternative, creative enterprises and institutions. Through purchases, donations and bequests, Stiftung Edith Maryon acquires properties or land on which buildings can be erected. The Foundation subsequently rents these buildings to interested parties who may, in individual cases, be granted usufructuary rights; alternatively, the Foundation grants a long-term building lease or offers a Miet-Eigentum arrangement (a special type of lease whereby the tenant enjoys the benefit of additional rights but the Foundation retains the title to the property).

In every case, the primary goal – to enduringly secure socially responsible places of residence and work – is to reduce the encumbrance of debt on property. Further social goals are to interconnect cultural and commercial undertakings with other usages, 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.