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7 industrial projects reborn as creative public spaces

By: Sidney Stevens on July 18, 2012, 6:05 p.m.
Templehof Park

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Templehof Park

Home to a giant Nazi-built terminal building and scene of the famous Berlin Airlift in 1948 when Allied planes flew in much-need supplies to war-weary West Berliners during the Cold War, Templehof Airport’s 950-acre system of old runways and grassy expanses (larger than New York’s Central Park) opened as a public park in 2010. Rollerbladers, picnickers, joggers, kite-flyers and people out for a stroll now flock there (an estimated 50,000 per weekend) for a taste of the urban outdoors.