Berlin has coped with an amazing development in the past decades. After the upheavals of the 1990s, the city has now become a hot spot. Berlin owes this to the creativity, spontaneity and unconventionality of its citizens, the innovative strength of its companies, and an urban spirit which makes many things possible.
Berlin - like many other cities worldwide - will thus have to face new challenges, accompanied by considerable changes in the living and working environments of all those involved. A growing city must deal with the consequences of climate change, energy and mobility change, more sustainability and efficiency, increasing demands on infrastructures of all kinds as well as demographic and administrative challenges. With the existing instruments and familiar ways of working and cooperating, we will only be able to master this with considerable additional effort, if indeed at all.
New forms of cooperation between all participants, new ways of thinking and acting as well as a culture of trust and benevolence are required - the intelligent city of tomorrow is in demand. Berlin has set out to become this intelligent city - a Smart City. Our vision is to shape Berlin into an intelligently networked, future-oriented, post-fossil and resilient city for the benefit of an educated, tolerant and creative society. A high quality of life, cosmopolitan attitude and citizen-oriented politics should continue to make Berlin an urban attraction.
The city does not claim to be able to master this in a short time. Many changes are imperative and so fundamental that they require careful handling so that nobody is left out in the cold – whether urban society, business, research or politics. Berlin is an ongoing transformation which manifests itself in many places, projects and activities and in which citizens and their needs are at the centre of responsible action. Berlin can score points by making space for diversity, for experiments and, above all, for creating something completely new.
Smart City Berlin actively shapes the transformation process and the framework conditions. Many players, many activities provide a colourful picture of intelligent innovations and form the basis for a future-oriented city of tomorrow.