Berlin is a place of longing: Swiss architects as well as artists are regularly drawn there. And: for the past 12 years urban planning in Berlin has been in the hands of Regula Lüscher from Switzerland. As revealed in a discussion her balance shows that the lean years are over, Berlin has awoken out of its lethargy and now the aim must be to address the challenges presented by an economic boom and a housing shortage. In the centre the city impressively shows its new face. Here pioneering buildings and urban development concepts have been created. And, through the hotly debated reconstruction of the Stadtschloss, even the Museumsinsel has found a new centre, which we critically assess.