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Berlin is a city that has developed completely within the principals of a "Network City" (because of its history, there has never truly been a city center). Berlin’s expansions can be classified by three categories: industrialization, suburbanization and globalization. Each of these periods influenced and shaped the districts of Berlin, into the decentralized “node city” we see today. From the Zweckverbands of 1911 to Post-Wall Berlin in the 90’s, Berlin’s growth has been dramatic to say the least, and will continue to transform for generations to come. (source)
Continuous developments in the city help shape and create the different nodes in Berlin. By 2050, the Berlin Hauptbanhof will be such a node. The HBF, which is notably the largest station in the European Union, is located just on the outskirts of the political district of Berlin (Mitte). From this station, one can travel anywhere in Berlin, Germany, and throughout the EU. Currently, the land surrounding the station is undeveloped, but there are plans for a new district being realized (see Europacity, Berlin). With this new development, this station will become a node in a much more complex, and multifaceted way.
While the projected population growth for Germany remains pretty stagnant, 75% of the world’s population is anticipated to live in cities by 2050. Berlin’s projected population will be somewhere around 3.55 million (today’s count is 3.45 mil.). Although the difference is far from severe, the development around the HBF will become denser, because of its significance and developments.
Technology will be another driving force in the future of Berlin. In this vision, the focus is on transportation and green technologies that will help advance the HBF into becoming a true node. Not only are these principals important on an urban scale, they are created for the human scale, for human interactions, communications and education. By 2050, people must have an understanding of their impact on their environments, and these advancements can cater to the educational requirements demanded.
For a timeline of events and more information on each of the topics discussed: Transportation, Demographics and (Green) Technologies, please see the attachments below.