Bike Touring Highlight
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Berliner Zentrum Industriekultur planned a bike ride.
May 23, 2019
Hard work makes you thirsty! No wonder the Industrial Revolution witnessed the construction of many breweries alongside new factories and working-class neighborhoods, thus quenching the thirst of the rising capital of Berlin. The new bottom-fermented brewing process, imported from Bavaria, was perfectly suited to industrial production. And the hilly topography of Prenzlauer Berg (Berg being German for “hill”) facilitated the construction of large cellars necessary for cold storage. There were more than a dozen breweries here around 1900.
With the rise of the electrical power and engineering industries around 1880, Berlin made the jump from large city to metropolis. Small workshops like Siemens & Haske, initially located in back courtyards, grew into multinational corporations. Berlin was not only a center of production. It was a testing ground for modern life. New technology changed the DNA of the city. Underground electric cables were laid next to water and gas lines, thus providing the metropolis with power.
This network only surfaced at its central distribution points: electrical substations. These imposing structures of burgeoning industry changed the face of the city. Initially built in the historicist mode popular in Imperial Germany, they later favored the style of the New Objectivity. In addition, the electrification of machines, illumination, transportation, and communications media changed the working and everyday lives of the city’s inhabitants – they were literally “electrified.” Workers from Pomerania and Silesia sought their fortunes in the bustling metropolis. Berlin rapidly developed into an “electropolis.”
November 7, 2019