Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic
... is an industrial and research park for urban technologies. Urban technologies are green technologies of the future that improve people’s lives in the expanding cities all around the world.
... is a curated innovation park. Its core sectors are energy, mobility, water, recycling, and materials, plus information and communication technologies.
... is a site for research institutions, start-ups and for companies both large and small around a university campus. This will be the place where urban technologies are jointly researched, developed, produced, tested, and exported.
... offers a space for all phases of corporate development: from the pre-seed phase to the development and growth phase, right through to the established enterprise. The range of offerings is correspondingly broad: from the co-working space in the start-up center through office spaces in one of the technology centers, to commercial or industrial properties for corporate investments (commercial and industrial properties from 3,000 to 200,000 m2). Additionally, there are expo and conference halls, testing grounds, overnight accommodations, and food services.
... views itself as a community offering advantageous opportunities for collaboration at every corner. The basis is the international brand name “Urban Tech Republic”, which acts like a projection screen to give constant encouragement to the community.
... is a radiantly powerful ecosystem with meaningful program at its brand core and it has found the perfect site and its natural home in Berlin TXL.
Urban Tech Republic’s program embraces four basic concepts, whose specific composition may include, for example, activities, range of offers, or characteristics:
- The Urban Tech Republic’s brand values are to be found in the “Republic’s Manifesto” and they inform the philosophy of the community and the culture at the site.
- The Urban Tech Republic offers the community specific, needs-oriented services and products.
- General places and spaces – for example a university at the core or start-up and technology centers – find their home in the Urban Tech Republic and are an inherent part of the range of offers.
- The face of the innovation park is shaped by self-starters and ambassadors from the Urban Tech Republic network. These include Tegel Projekt as the operating company for the State of Berlin as well as partners and opinion leaders from the fields of research, economics, industry, and politics.
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)
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.