100 Years of Greater Berlin

How the city center, the transportation system and housing took shape – and continue to do so today

Berlin’s history as capital of Germany dates back 150 years. One hundred years ago, in October 1920, Berlin became, literally overnight, the world’s third biggest metropolitan area, after New York and London. The Prussian parliament had decreed the amalgamation of 8 cities, 59 rural municipalities and 27 estate districts to create Greater Berlin. The authorities were now confronted with pressing questions as to how to organize and develop this metropolis. The city’s eventful history means that these questions still remain unresolved today. “TU intern” is devoting itself to the development of the city center and the issues of housing, mobility and transport in a series of articles written by historian, sociologist of architecture, and regional planner Professor Dr. Harald Bodenschatz, one of the leading authorities on the history of urban renewal in Berlin and curator of the exhibition to mark the anniversary of Greater Berlin entitled “Unfinished Metropolis”.

© Möhring, Bruno: Über die Vorzüge der Turmhäuser und die Voraussetzungen, unter denen sie in Berlin gebaut werden können, Berlin 1920, S. 5

How Berlin Became a Metropolis Overnight

High-rise buildings for the center of a megacity?

© Quelle: 40 Jahre Berlinische Boden-Gesellschaft, Berlin 1930

Have a Good Trip

From the metropolis of rail transport to the capital of through traffic

© Quelle: Gustav Böß: Berlin von heute. Berlin 1929, vor S. 129

Living in Dignity!

The capital city as a testing ground for conflicting housing policies