Berlin TXL. Democratic since 2008.
What will happen to Berlin TXL when the airport is closed? This question has been discussed intensely since 2008 with broad public involvement. As part of a multi-level, discursive workshop process, six international teams of architects, city planners, and landscape planners worked out ideas that were then developed further with other experts and interested members of the Berlin public over the course of several site conferences.
In 2011, the state of Berlin announced the results of the planning process, naming a corresponding development plan. In another workshop process with the planning teams, the master plan was developed in 2012 and enacted by the state of Berlin in 2013. The construction planning process was initiated at the same time so that the two owners, the federal government (Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA)) and the state would have binding construction planning authority for the future use of the airport when it was handed over.
June 26, 1963: John F. Kennedy lands at Berlin- Tegel. Shortly thereafter, he declared himself to be a citizen of Berlin. That is how it goes for a lot of people. Everyone is supposed to have visited this city at least once. And most of them landed at Berlin TXL.
And it has not just been politicians, titans of business, and rock stars who came here: for 20 million people a year, Berlin TXL was the gateway to the world. Those who plan their future here do so in a place with a magnificent past.
The best foundation for the future
is a glorious past.
The Tegel Airport offers space for another project: the Schumacher quarter.
This quarter will be home to approximately 5,000 apartments for the growing city of Berlin. The new urban quarter will not only fill a historic gap at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz, where construction could not previously be carried out because of the air traffic, but it will also provide an excellent addition to the research and industry park. The urban technologies that are developed and produced in the Urban Tech Republic will be used in the new residential quarter. Technologies that save energy and reduce costs, for example. And there will be apartments, day care, schools, and shopping options for people who work, conduct research, and study here. This neighborhood will help make the Schumacher quarter a “city of the future.”
About Tegel Projekt GmbH
We are turning Berlin TXL into an innovation park for urban technologies. And a new residential quarter.
Berlin Tegel Airport will be completely closed no more six months after the opening of the new international Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Over the next several years, the area will then see the construction of a research and industrial park for urban technologies, Berlin TXL – the Urban Tech Republic, and a new residential quarter: the Schumacher Quarter. The state of Berlin has commissioned Tegel Projekt GmbH with developing and realizing these projects on the land occupied by the airport. Land that Berlin desperately needs for the people who want to live and work in Berlin. Berlin is growing. Each and every day. As are many other cities around the world. Soon, more than 70% of the world’s population will live on just 3% of the earth’s surface. In cities. The future of these cities is the main topic of the future development of Berlin TXL, which will have around 800 companies with approximately 17,500 employees as well as 5,000 students researching, developing, and creating the future of cities.
New concepts for life in the city of the future will be realized in this neighborhood. Some 5,000 apartments are being built in the Schumacher Quarter, a lively, urban neighborhood with progressive solutions for a climate-neutral energy supply and high energy standards as well as new mobility models – technologies that are being researched and developed right next door in the Urban Tech Republic. The Tegel Projekt GmbH team is creating the conditions for this development. It is driving this process by planning and creating new roads, innovative infrastructure, and buildings. And it is creating an environment that will allow future participants to develop successfully. Tegel Projekt GmbH is a subsidiary of WISTA Management GmbH.