Berlin as a pioneer for a liveable urban future
Large cities like Berlin are facing major challenges in the 21st century. Climate change, resource consumption, digitalization, migration as well as an ageing population require a profound change in society. By 2050, Berlin aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85 percent compared to 1990 levels. At the same time, some 330,000 more people will move to Berlin. The expectation is that the city will become older, more polarized in terms of social space, but also more digital and international.
But it is encouraging that Berlin, as a city in transition, is known for its proven ability to change. And Berlin is one of the most dynamic and greenest cities in Europe. These are excellent foundations for tackling the challenges at hand, but time is running short: the city is already feeling the social and environmental pressures arising from the city’s rapid growth and socio-demographic changes.
In the project “Knowledge. Transformation. Berlin.”, the Ecornet Berlin research partnership is taking a look at Berlin’s existing strengths and diversity, but also at the environmental and social challenges that exist. The goal is to enhance Berlin’s role as a pioneer in the development of innovative approaches for a liveable, cohesive, climate-neutral and resource-efficient urban society. To this end, the participating institutes are working on several projects in three subject areas.