Bernhard Schulz in conversation with Sigrid Brinkmann

In Seoul, too, the focus is on green spaces in urban planning – but digitization is in the foreground. (imago-images / Simon Shin)

International experts in Berlin will advise you on what life and work in cities should look like in the future. In Europe, citizens wanted more public space, explains journalist Bernhard Schulz. But in Asia, the goal is completely different.

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller invited experts from Warsaw, London, Seoul and other cities to present their perspectives for the future design of metropolises at the opening of the international conference “Metropolis: The New Now”. Representatives of politics, science and architecture as well as artists will discuss the possibilities of urban development.

What is the pandemic changing?

The global pandemic crisis and climate change would force many to question, says Tagesspiegel editor Bernhard Schulz. He heard many lectures and discussions on the first day of the conference in Berlin.

There is great perplexity among mayors and construction experts as they don’t yet know what impact the pandemic will have on people’s behavior, Schulz says.

Expand public space

There is no question that cities need to become greener and more pedestrian-friendly in order to be more beautiful and pleasant for people.

In Warsaw, for example, the pandemic has opened up the city to the needs of pedestrians and citizens by creating more green spaces and reducing cross sections of streets. “People want to be on the streets, they want to reclaim the street space.”

Data is collected in Asia

In Asia, too, they want green cities, but there they put a lot more emphasis on digitizing the entire city, city management and individual citizens.

This leads to the fact that a lot of data is collected and control and guidance is exercised, said Schulz: “Of course it makes great sense and purpose to contain the pandemic, to get people vaccinated, to get them vaccinated, to get them vaccinated. make offers. “

The main thing in Seoul is that they want all citizens to have access to the internet. At the same time, citizens should be introduced to the Internet and its use and manipulation should be passed on. “It also means that the city or state collects an endless amount of data.”

Berlin digitally beaten

Unlike Seoul, Berlin still has a long way to go in terms of digitization. According to Schulz, filmmaker and author Hito Steyerl was very critical of the technology being made, especially in the school system.

“If you have heard from representatives of other cities, then you are thinking with concern of Berlin where we really are and what we need to catch up in terms of digitization, allowing participation and participation, even under conditions of stronger and more at home. “

Because digitization also allows you to participate in things back home that you could only perceive before when you went there yourself.