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LOCATION MORE THAN JUST

LOCATION MORE THAN JUST NEIGHBORS Thanks to a number of collaborative urban projects, Campus Charlottenburg and City West continue to merge into an attractive common center in Charlottenburg This Zukunftsort (“growth area”) in the western center of Berlin is marked by the university, science and R&D institutions associated with the Campus Charlottenburg as well as by the established urban commercial landscape of the City West area. This area of roughly 400 hectares is where the bedrock of cutting-edge technologies, projects and collaborations can be found. Campus Charlottenburg is a joint initiative of the District of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Together, they form one of the largest networked university-related complexes in Europe. Roughly 38,000 students and 10,000 professors and research associates study, teach and conduct research here. The Campus sees itself as a living network of individuals and institutions that cooperate across all organizational borders and academic disciplines. This alliance and the close links between technical and creative education make up the campus’ unique quality and highlight its status as Zukunftsort. Several companies have located themselves close to the science and R&D opportunities provided through Campus Charlottenburg in order to establish and maintain contacts to potential young talent. A number of collaborative activities have proven successful in the areas of information tech, 3D tech, telecommunications, electronics, driveline development and automobile engineering, in particular. One example of a product emerging from this environment is the Hybrid Platform, a network and project lab fostering interdisciplinary projects conducted near world-renowned R&D institutes, including the historical National Metrology Institute (PTB) and four Fraunhofer institutes. Another tangible result of this collaboration is the founders’ center known as the Charlottenburger Innovations-Centrum (CHIC), which was set up on the campus in 2013 and now fosters interaction between creativity and technology. The CHIC offers 5,500 m² of space to young companies and founders working in creative and R&D-oriented fields, such as digital media, IT and high tech. In addition to university buildings and R&D institutes, the site features the established economic structures of Berlin’s City West area, which is home primarily to upscale retail shops and the high-end service sector on and around the historical Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße boulevards. The area around Kantstraße has also shown remarkable growth as a location for design and creativity in the past couple of years. Retail centers such as the KaDeWe department store, the stilwerk Berlin design center and the BIKINI Berlin complex are internationally renowned and unique in Berlin. These areas are enhanced on a cultural level by international events such as the Berlin Film Festival, the two-week Theatertreffen theater festival, the Tanz in den August dance festival, the Design Mile and various top gala film award ceremonies. Part of the task facing the area is to link the location advantages of the City West area to the innovative economic potential of the Campus Charlottenburg and CHIC. The ultimate aim is to further integrate the Campus into the surrounding urban environment and to generate a site with short routes between science and industry and an attractive urban center for science, business and art. at Campus Charlottenburg/City West at a glance • Located between the Berlin Zoo and the Spreeknie area and between Savignyplatz and Tiergarten S-Bahn station • Focus on ICT, creative industries, arts, transport, mobility • Science and R&D institutes: TU, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer IPK, Heinrich Hertz Institute, DFG Research Center MATHEON (math research), National Metrology Institute (PTB) • A selection of companies active in the area: Deutsche Telekom, MetaDesign AG, Siemens Power Generation, SGS Institut Fresenius, Teles AG, 4flow AG Photo: Pressestelle der Technischen Universität Berlin – Ulrich Dahl 24 BERLIN TO GO

LOCATION A NEW LIFE FOR HISTORICAL HALLS Berlin’s historically industrial district Schöneweide is fast becoming a popular location for science, business, culture and art Photo: David von Becker Schöneweide is often described as the “birthplace of the Berlin electropolis.” In the early 20th century, it was the site of one of Europe’s largest electric power complexes in a fast-growing industry. Today, after many breaks and shifts in its history, Schöneweide has become an attractive science, business and technology location that serves also as a laboratory and showcase for smart urban development projects and new manufacturing techniques. The history of Schöneweide is closely linked to the history of the electric power company known as AEG. By seting up operations in Schöneweide, AEG transformed the area into an industrial and workers’ district. At the beginning of the 20th century, Peter Behrens constructed a series of impressive industrial buildings for AEG on Wilhelminenhofstraße. In the years following WWII, Schöneweide became the location for leading companies in the electro-technical and electronics industry, including the Kabelwerk Oberspree (KWO), the Transformatorenwerk Oberspree (TRO) and the Werk für Fernsehelektronik (WF). In setting up their plants here, these companies took up the tradition previously established by AEG. Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, roughly 25,000 people worked here along Wilhelminenhofstraße. In the post-Wall era, none of the large-scale companies continued to operate on the site, leaving behind several history-laden brick structures as outstanding testimonies to a unique era in industrial architecture. They also left behind an inimitable complex consisting of roughly 300,000 m² in effective floor area and an additional 250,000 m² space for new structures along the Spree river. Schöneweide not only holds tremendous potential for new projects and facilities, it also offers a wide array of open spaces for fresh thinking. One of the reasons behind the decision to designate Schöneweide as an official Zukunftsort (growth area) was to redevelop these spaces and transform them by means of a viable concept. The heart of Schöneweide’s industrial heritage is the former AEG complex along Wilhelminenhofstraße. In addition to large-scale companies, such as the battery manufacturer BAE and the sensor specialists at First Sensor, the profile of this Zukunftsort is shaped primarily by the HTW University of Applied Science, which offers many different tech-related and creative study programs and has been housed at the former location of the Kabelwerk Oberspree since 2006. Roughly 9,000 students are currently pursuing their studies in the old and new buildings along the Spree – some of them even live here, for example in the student housing area in the former TRO Polyclinic. After completing their studies, many students also work in one of the companies active in the creative industries and high-tech sector that have since set up operations here. In fact, it is the close cooperation of companies and R&D facilities in a context of close proximity to each other that drives forward the development of innovative products. This networking receives support primarily from the InnovationsWerkstatt Berlin Schöneweide, where select Schöneweide companies come together with HTW students from the fields of industrial design, environmental informatics and communication design to work on subjects relevant to individual companies, creative ideas and the design of new product prototypes. The historical area along the Spree is especially eager to attract players from knowledge-based industries, such as companies active in the optical sector and electromobility. However, it is also designed to act as a home for the creative industries and companies with a focus on industrial design, fashion and online commerce. Other sites that make up the Schönweide area include the old AEG industrial complex, the Leuchtenfabrik, formerly known as the Spreehöfe on Edisonstraße, as well as the Funkhaus on Nalepastraße. Today, the site of the former GDR Rundfunk is owned by Uwe Fabich, who also owns the Postbahnhof complex further in town and has announced plans to create one of the largest music centers in the world on the site. at Facts and figures on the Schöneweide science and technology area • Encompasses roughly 80 hectares with a variety of wellpreserved industrial structures and architectural gems • Lab and showcase for smart urban development projects and sustainable production technologies • Site of the HTW University of Applied Science with 200 professors and 9,000 students • Practically oriented on-site training attracts companies in the high-tech and creative industries • The ZEWE (Center for Energy Efficiency Research) and Training and the InnovationsWerkstatt act as interfaces between science and business • Goal: intelligent linkage of work, science, housing and urban society BERLIN TO GO 25

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