By Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei
Greater than 20 years of deconstruction, preservation, and reconstruction have left the city environments within the former German Democratic Republic thoroughly remodeled. This quantity considers the altering city landscapes within the former East - and the way the filling of earlier absences and the absence of prior presence - creates the cultural panorama of modern unified Germany. This broadens our realizing of this alteration via analyzing often-neglected towns, areas, or buildings, and historic narration and renovation.
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Extra resources for Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East Since German Reunification
After the Wende it was clear that the goal was to preserve as much of the city as possible, and Germany’s most extensive historic preservation project was begun. While in many ways a remarkable success, the project is not without problems. Carrying out a historic preservation project of this scale is a major challenge. It appears that at least four conditions have to be met for a historic preservation project to succeed. First, there must be strong legal frameworks and concrete regulations to guide the preservation eﬀorts.
During GDR times, there were both ideological and practical obstacles to preserving Quedlinburg’s impressive architectural heritage. Socialist ideologies meant that there was a preference for radically restructuring historic cities into modern socialist cities, even though the GDR intended to preserve some of the most outstanding monuments, among them the Collegiate Church in Quedlinburg. From the 1970s on, the GDR showed more interest in preserving historic city cores, but the shortage of funds and construction materials limited public preservation eﬀorts to twenty-six half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg.
For example, they made the city center a pedestrian zone. Younger people received lots of support for preservation. The city has a better transportation concept, more industry, and also more jobs. ” It is precisely the pride in authenticity that has guided many of the preservation decisions in Quedlinburg, and a good number of Quedlinburg residents believe that the city avoided many of the mistakes of other cities that prioritized revitalization over authentic preservation. … This is different from other half-timbered cities.
Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East Since German Reunification by Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei