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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 02181236
Semester SoSe 2016 SWS 2
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Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
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Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer
Mi. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. wöch 20.04.2016 bis 20.07.2016  Institutsgebäude - 0323-26 Hausvogteiplatz 5-7 (HV 5) - (Unterrichtsraum)   findet statt     25
Gruppe 1:

Zugeordnete Personen
Zugeordnete Personen Zuständigkeit
Effertz, Julia , Dr. begleitend
Paluch, Alessa Katharina , M.A. verantwortlich
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Universitätsverwaltung, Studienabteilung (I), Administration Qualitätspakt Lehre, bologna.lab

Language requirements: min. English B2


At the end of World War II, Berlin , the former capital of Hitlers Third Reich, was largely destroyed. But the area-wide destructions also held a chance: the possibility to rebuild Berlin as a totally new city – in modernists words: as a better city. And indeed Berlin changed dramatically – but not in the way modern architects and urban planners had envisioned it in the post-war period.

Quite differing proposals were made in East and West Berlin. Especially for the so called Capital of the Cold War it proves to be true that architecture is a not just a mirror to the society which builds it – but that architecture also shapes the lives of the people living with and within it.

Using examples such as Karl-Marx-Allee, Hansaviertel, Gropiusstadt, Potsdamer Platz et al. this seminar retraces the stations and phases of reconstruction with a focus on political and cultural developments. The most influential concepts of 20th century urban planning will be presented. In addition the seminar aims to be an exercise in (architecture) criticism.


A constant participation and reading is obligatory. Short Presentations should be hold. Every participant is obliged to write a scientific essay (5 pages) and an architecture critique (1-2 pages), which standards and form will be subject of at least one session. The essay and/or the architecture critique can be submitted in German and/or English. The seminar is held in English.


This seminar suits students of urban planning, urban studies, metropolitan studies, culture studies, geography, sociology, art history and history. Invited to join are all interested students of the humanities and social sciences.



Introductory literature

Bodenschatz, Harald: Berlin Urban Design. A brief history of a european city. Berlin 2010.

Diefendorf, Jeffrey M.: In the wake of war. The Reconstruction of German cities after World War II. New York 1993.

Goldberger, Paul: Why architecture matters. New Haven 2011.

Ladd, Brian: The Ghosts of Berlin. Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape. Chicago 1997.


For international incoming students who enroll in the Berlin Perspectives module.

NO registration via Agnes.

Application via Berlin Perspectives ONLY: BP Module application

Zielgruppe Internationale Programmstudierende.


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2016. Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2020.
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