Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030

Aims and Objectives

Photo: kallejipp /
Photo: kallejipp /

Why does Berlin need an urban development concept?

Berlin´s urban development aims to address complex societal, economic, cultural and spatial dynamics with forward-thinking planning and concepts. The changing general conditions at the local and global levels, as well as the developments resulting from them, affect various areas of planning. Developing Berlin in terms of its sustainability, appeal and capacity requires integrated foresight and planning.

As an integrated endeavour, the Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030 furthers Berlin´s existing planning and programmes while expanding upon the underlying strategies for Berlin´s city-wide development.

Regional planning (e.g. Model Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg, Industrial Master Plan) flows into the development process, as it does with city-wide and sectoral concepts (e.g. the Urban Development Plans Housing, Transport, Climate). At the same time, the BerlinStrategy | Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030 works closely with the results of the new Population Forecast for Berlin and its Districts 2011 – 2030, which marks the time horizon for the Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030, as well as the Demography Concept.

A basis for long-term, interdepartmental urban development

The BerlinStrategy | Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030 specifies strategies and goals to point the way to the future. Thus, it serves as a guide for long-term, interdepart-mental planning. The Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030 produces coordinated and integrative views in order to profile Berlin as a city with attractive economic and lifestyle potential as compared with other German and European cities. Eight strategies set out what the city is trying to achieve. They cover the fundamental issues and future challenges and include the goals and fields of action that will determine Berlin’s medium- to long-term development prospects. Finally, ten transformation areas set geographical priorities that provide a tangible framework for these strategies on the ground.

Identification potential makes for a unified vision

The Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030 promotes the integration of urban society with institutional stakeholders for the development of Berlin. The issues and content were discussed at an early stage with the professional public as well as the general public. As a result, the concept created strong identification possibilities for the long-term engagement and cooperation of the participants in the implementation of a shared vision for Berlin.