Berlin had a decidedly uneasy relationship with the 20th century. It comes as no surprise then, that this tumultuous legacy means that Berlin seems to be constantly under major construction. It’s not just because of WWII, or rebuilding areas disrupted by the Berlin Wall and the Death Strip, though. In the wake of various financial crises over the past few years and relatively high unemployment rate (April 2010: 14.2%, almost double the German average) the construction industry has exploded as a means of guaranteed employment. This is owing to the need for more and more public spaces, services and government buildings, as well as the ever-growing BVG transport network.
On top of this, it can be hard to make it look nice with a camera.