Berlin’s infrastructure is characterized by a continuous process of change, adapting to new technological developments and political challenges, yet it has always remained a force for stability in the city’s history. This may initially sound paradoxical, but it is a key finding of the historian Dr. Timothy Moss. A good example of the adaptable durability to Berlin’s infrastructure is the old water works in Grunewald, which began operation in 1872, supplying the growing metropolis with drinking water. The city closed the plant in 1969 for hygienic reasons, but that did not mark its end. On the contrary. Reflecting the needs of the present, the former water works today houses an environmental education centre, the Ökowerk. Timothy Moss pays it a visit in this episode and uncovers other examples of change and continuity to Berlin’s infrastructure.
Dr Timothy Moss
Series created by
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel