The Urban Tech Republic as a Smart City
- Energy concept: A “low-exergy” (LowEx) network – the only one of its size in the world – will provide Berlin TXL with heating and cooling on a sustainable basis; a digital marketplace for thermal energy with “prosumers” who both use and produce energy, will be developed.
- Mobility concept: The Urban Tech Republic will be a compact quarter of short distances, a designated route for public transportation and mobility hubs with bike-, car-sharing, and e-mobility options. The innovation park will also be connected to the surrounding bike lanes and transport network.
- Smart grid: The development and use of an intelligent management system for technical infrastructure, transport, and facility management processes is planned for the site.
- Testing grounds: The Urban Tech Republic has space for testing, such as a test track for innovative mobility.
- Sustainable construction: In addition to certifications for several existing buildings, the campus at the heart of the innovation park has held a platinum certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) since 2016, making it the world’s first pre-certified commercial district.
- Biodiversity as a planning principle: animal-aided design will make Berlin TXL a place where a number of animals will be able to live and seek refuge.
- Open Space Concept: More than 200 hectares of land to the north of the Schumacher Quarter will be added to existing recreational space on the other side of the former airport grounds, providing space for all Berliners to engage in sports, play, and experience nature. A landscape park will work as a transition zone between the Urban Tech Republic and the Schumacher Quarter to the east.
Initial anchor tenants:
- Beuth University of Applied Sciences with 2,500 students in urban technology fields (central terminal)
- The Berlin Academy of Fire and Rescue Service basic and advanced trainings (hangar)