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The Politicization of Berlin’s Urban Landscape, 1945–1989

  • Mary Dellenbaugh-LosseEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter frames the later discussion of post-Wall urban development by presenting and discussing spatial symbolism, ideology, and the politicization of Berlin’s urban landscape during the Cold War. This chapter covers the significant waypoints in the development of architectural discourse in the divided city, including Stalinallee in East Berlin and the IBA 1957 in West Berlin in the 1950s, the redesign of Alexanderplatz and the central ensemble in the 1960s, the construction of the Palace of the Republic in the 1970s, and the celebration of the city’s 750th jubilee in the 1980s. This chapter additionally goes into detail about the central role of housing in both halves of the city, the political instrumentalization of housing typologies, and the development of architectural discourse and propaganda during the Cold War on both sides of the Wall—discourses which had a significant effect on these same built spaces after 1990.

Keywords

Berlin Wall Stalinallee Alexanderplatz Palace of the Republic Interbau IBA 1987 Vergangenheitsbewältigung 

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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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