Neo-historical East Berlin by Florian Urban download in ePub, pdf, iPad
In a lengthy chapter, Stangl analyses the many twists and turns that characterised its construction. As always, questions about the respective roles to be played by the old and the new dominated these discussions. Later plans envisaged replacement with low density housing and a perimeter development of tower blocks. Some of these, of course, derived emphatically from German traditions. Urban shrinkage is rising to the top of the political agenda in Europe as more cities are shrinking in the prolonged economic downturn we encounter.
Yet this was derailed by ongoing political tensions within the City Government and then by the division of the city itself. But this was not simply a top-down process. It was popular with tourists and had been frequented and depicted by Heinrich Zille and Otto Nagel. Others were foreign or internationalist, with only the shallowest of roots in German soil.
Moreover, their memories of the Nazi past were still raw. Proponents of one could be in the ascendency one day and scorned the next. Another tension becomes visible in modernism. Its emphasis is on East Berlin and change within the narrow framework of the socialist its transformation in the s and s. The interdisciplinary nature of the problems requires a multidisciplinary approach.
However, in an overall plan was adopted for central Berlin which required demolition of all the buildings in the Fischerinsel area. During the early s at least, reconstruction plans proceeded with the prospect of an imminent national unification. Urban, Neo-historical East Berlin, op.
Soon thereafter, things changed once more. The author more than meets his stated ambition to reveal the deep but complicated relationship between politics and planning during a period of tremendous political tension and instability. The initial two chapters of Risen from Ruins are thematic rather than spatially-situated.
However, as Stangl points out, their incompatibility with one another inevitably meant that not all could exercise equal influence over the politics of reconstruction. In Berlin, the material task itself was immense. Modernism, arguably, was both.
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