As part of the exhibition “Unfinished Metropolis. 100 Years of Urban Development for (Greater) Berlin,” the so-called “Metropolis Talks” have been taking place at irregular intervals since October 1, 2020.
The occasion for this series of talks last year was the anniversary “100 Years of Greater Berlin”. A little over 100 years ago, on October 1, 1920, Berlin became the world’s third-largest metropolis in one fell swoop, behind New York City and London. The Prussian parliament passed a new law that united eight cities, 59 rural communities and 27 estate districts to form “Greater Berlin”.
EXHIBITION “100 YEARS OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR (GREATER) BERLIN
The city area grew abruptly from 66 to 878 square meters. The “Greater Berlin” founded 100 years ago thus gave shape to the Berlin of today.
The pressing issues of the then newly created metropolis are still relevant, highly topical and hotly debated today, a whole century later: Living, working, traffic and recreational space.
Since the very exciting exhibition in the Kronprinzenpalais has – so far – unfortunately fallen victim to Corona security measures, the format’s organizers are increasingly focusing on virtual content, such as the “metropolis talks” already described.
URBAN PLANNERS AND ARCHITECTS HAVE THEIR SAY IN THE “METROPOLIS TALKS”
Here, important protagonists of the discussion about the development of urban planning and urban development in general and, of course, in relation to Berlin come to speak: in detail, personally, full of ideas.
So far, Regula Lüscher, Berlin’s Senate Building Director, Tobias Nöfer, Chairman of the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Architects and Engineers, and urban planner Thomas Stellmach, among others, have ventured in front of the camera for an interview. An overview of all the talks can be found here.
Dr. Markus Tubbesing, who answered questions in this interview, is a university professor for design and monument preservation at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and was or is also active as an architect, architectural historian and monument preservationist.
He says: “Berlin is first of all an incredible gift for us. For me, there is no other city in the world where the conditions for doing urban development are so unthinkably favorable.”
You can see the entire interview with Dr Markus Tubbesing here: