The area will see the development of a research and industrial park for urban technologies: “Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic”. Berlin will get back a part of the city and gain space for industrial, commercial, and research activities. And all of this will be only 15 minutes away from the seat of the government of Europe’s most important industrial nation.
The innovation park will focus on those aspects needed to sustain the growing cities of the 21st century. It will serve as a space where urban technologies can be researched, developed, produced, tested, and exported. Members of academia and researchers will meet here with representatives of industry and commerce, and start-ups will be able to connect with investors. And everyone will be working together to develop solutions for the cities of the future.
Six key urban technology themes have been chosen for this curated site:
- Climate-neutral energy systems and the efficient use of energy
- Environmentally friendly mobility
- Clean water
- The use of new materials for applications such as sustainable construction
- The networked management of systems
Directly adjacent to the Urban Tech Republic will be a smart residential quarter with more than 5,000 apartments for over 10,000 people known as the Schumacher Quarter. Another 4,000 apartments are planned in the neighboring residential neighborhoods of Cité Pasteur and TXL North.
In total, Berlin TXL (including residential quarters and a landscape park) will occupy an area encompassing 5 km2 – equal to around five percent of the metropolitan area of Paris.
- Construction of the public aspects of the development: planned for spring 2021 following the takeover of the building site.
- Implementation in four construction stages through about 2040