Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East Since German by Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei

By Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei

Greater than twenty years of deconstruction, preservation, and reconstruction have left the city environments within the former German Democratic Republic thoroughly reworked. This quantity considers the altering city landscapes within the former East - and the way the filling of prior absences and the absence of past presence - creates the cultural panorama of modern unified Germany. This broadens our knowing of this change through reading often-neglected towns, areas, or constructions, and historic narration and protection.

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Since Quedlinburg suffers from a declining population and struggles economically, it is not able to contribute its share, so the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for Monument Conservation) has paid the city’s share since 1997 (Schauer 1999, UNESCO 2006). The second major source of public funding is the Städtebaulicher Denkmalschutz (Urban Heritage Conservation), a new program created specifically to help East German cities. Additional funding became available from a number of other foundations, some of which, like the Wüstenrotstiftung (Wüstenrot Foundation), paid for individual projects.

It is difficult to adjust the buildings to the demands of the twenty-first century, as even construction mistakes have to be reproduced. The restoration is extremely expensive, but the uses are limited due to the strict guidelines. ” This tension is common in cities embarking on historic preservation projects. For example, in his book about historic preservation, Norman Tyler asks why preservationists are committed to preserving the past when the challenge is the future (2000: 13). Preservation measures must not only aim at preserving architectural treasures, but must also consider the social and economic viability of historical cities.

Chapter 2 •] No Man’s Land Fiction and Reality in Buddy Giovinazzo’s Potsdamer Platz CHRISTOPHER JONES Potsdamer Platz … even today how many myths do we connect to this former center of Berlin! ” In the “Hotel Esplanade” and the “Café Josty”1 the important people of the world sat down to eat, and influential politicians, writers, and artists would meet … These are all lost worlds. It cannot be our task to restore them, but we must be aware that we are building on historic ground. — Former Berlin Mayor, Eberhard Diepgen2 Times of great social upheaval have frequently created fertile ground for crime fiction, as authors and readers join forces in the attempt to understand the transformations and also to seek comfort in the hope that all will turn out for the best.

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