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Berlin’s Historic Tempelhof Airport Is Now A Giant Intercity Park

Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has had a very storied career. Originally designed by Albert Speer and intended to be part of a new master architectural design for the city of Berlin under the Third Reich, construction on the airport stopped once World War II began and plans for the airport changed drastically once the war ended. Built between 1936 and 1941, and resembling an eagle in flight, the airport fell under American jurisdiction after the war ended. Quickly becoming one of the busiest airports in Europe, it also served as the main dropping off point for the Berlin Airlift when the Soviet Union blocked all land access to Berlin.

The airport ceased flight operations in 2008 and reopened again in 2010 as a mixed-use free public space for people to relax in, hold concerts, festivals and more. The airport is one of the largest free intercity spaces int he world with 909 acres of space. My guess is that if this airport were in the United States, it would instead be transformed into land for more condos, strip malls and movie theaters. Glad to see that Berlin is doing something sensible with this valuable and historic land.

Published on March 15, 2014