Infrastructure that shaped Berlin
Exploring a city through its infrastructure? Not as nerdy as you might think! The power cables and water pipes under your feet can teach us a lot about the past, present and future of a city —you just need to take a closer look…
Urban historian and infrastructure scholar Tim Moss has created a guided audio tour along the pre-1920 border of Berlin to visit exciting examples of infrastructure which shaped the unification of Greater Berlin 100 years ago. You will visit five sites of energy and water infrastructure and hear stories about how these systems were used as a tool for urban expansion, unification and modernization in the 1920s. You will also learn how these examples can be relevant to current-day efforts to render energy and water systems more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Tim draws on his book ‘Remaking Berlin. A History of the City through Infrastructure, 1920-2020’ (MIT Press, 2020) which captures Berlin’s turbulent history over the past 100 years and reinterprets it through the lens of urban technology.
Audio tour developed by Timothy Moss and Pauline Münch, "IRI THESys"
Images by Timothy Moss and Pauline Münch
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LIST OF SITES
- 1. Ottopark, Alt-Moabit
- 2. Sewage pumping station
- 3. Charlottenburg power station
- 4. Ruths steam storage facility
- 5. Street water pump
- 6. Gas works and distribution facility
- 7. Garden allotments