An Uncompleted Project
An Uncompleted Project

An Uncompleted Project

Berlin yesterday, today and tomorrow: exhibition on the unfinished metropolis

Published: 01 October 2020, 07:00 PM

The city of Berlin as we know it today is celebrating a milestone birthday: 100 years ago, on 1 October 1920, the “new municipality of Berlin” was created. To mark the occasion, an exhibition entitled “100 Years of (Greater) Berlin: An Uncompleted Project” is opening on 1 October at the Kronprinzenpalais. Berlin was and is a city in motion. Using examples of locations, plans and projects, it shows how Berlin has changed and developed over the last 100 years, always in relation to the surrounding area of Brandenburg. Furthermore, 18 pieces of work from the final round of the “International Urban Planning Ideas Competition Berlin-Brandenburg 2070” architecture competition are on show. What might the Berlin of tomorrow look like? 55 participants debated this question and put a vision of the city into concrete terms with their plans. The aim was to take the city’s existing structures and develop them further in perspective, taking into account aspects such as urban growth, sustainability and transport.

Influence of airport infrastructure on urban planning

Unvollendete Metropole
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Over the past 100 years, Berlin’s urban development has also been heavily influenced by its three commercial airports Tegel, Schönefeld and Tempelhof. Road connections and public transport networks are concentrated at airports, and airports and their surrounding areas are also significant economic centres. 

The relocation of air traffic from the urban area means making a radical incision in existing structures and has an enormous influence on further urban planning: the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport and the concentration of flight operations at the city’s south-eastern outskirts will have long-term effects on the distribution of weights within the city. 

The exhibition at the Kronprinzenpalais is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm until 3 January 2021. Entry is free.


Exhibition: An Uncompleted Project

Passengers board the aircraft
Passengers board the aircraft

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