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This image is based upon population density in 2050. The area around the Berlin Hauptbahnof main station, which is notably the largest station in the European Union, is completely undeveloped. The station is significant for the EU today because it connects all trains, from all directions. From this main station, one can travel anywhere in Germany and throught the EU. In the future, it will keep up with all technological advancements in transportation and adjust.
While the population in Germany is projected to decline, Berlin will still face some dynamic changes. Even if the city's population decreases, the core of the city will become centralized around the
Hauptbahnhof because of its significance. By creating a dense city core, buildings, along with just about everything else, are going to have to become multi-functional. There will be no room for a building that is only used for 8 hours a day.
The train station is upgraded in 2050 with an LED display on the exterior to show the current train times and their platforms. This allows the public up-to-the-minute access to train schedules. Also, as advertized on the banner outside, the pricing has changed. People will be charged for their emissions only - encouraging the use of public transport, as Oil will no longer be available to the public. Alternative transportation methods have been added such as a river taxi service, with a port that connects to the main station, and a pedestrian bridge that connects either side of the river. Additionally, a platform that provides stadium style seating allows people to sit and enjoy the space.
Finally, Berlin has the potential to become the next Silicon Valley. Because cost of land and living is low, Berlin has the prime location and mindset to transform their city. This will allow for more visitors per year. Currently Berlin has 60 million tourists per year, (in relation, Paris around 80 million) and by creating a new focal point in the city, more - & a different kind of - tourists will be attracted to this area. The innovation and technology from this new hub, will increase the economy of Berlin, and feed new technologies to the European Union as well as the rest of the world.
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