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Potsdamer Platz

The Reshaping of Berlin

Nowobilska, Małgorzata, Zaman, Quazi Mahtab

2014, XV, 47 p. 33 illus.

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  • Poses key issues in the debate over the remaking of Berlin
  • Suggests and repositions the ways in which a city can be evaluated
  • Unfolds the steps and processes involved in various strategic interventions
The redesign of Potsdamer Platz is a chief example of the struggle to revive Berlin, Germany. This central and highly visible square has undergone a series of strategic revisions to restore its vitality and so meet place-enhancing objectives. Specifically, the book critically addresses the challenging task of restoring Potsdamer Platz from a state of disintegration to a condition worthy of a world-class city, although the questions remain unanswered as to how far the objectives have been achieved. The book enables readers to become familiar with the various stages of transformation, aided by the authors’ hand-drawn illustration – a series of sketches accompanied by narrations focusing on how to critically read ‘cities in transformation’. In sum, it presents an overview of the strategic process of urban regeneration. The findings from this theoretical exploration help reposition our understanding of the process of re-making a degraded city and the parallel fresh regeneration ideologies and methods.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Berlin Redevelopement - City Regeneration - City Transformation - City Transition - Place Making - Place Marketing - Urban Politics - Urban Sense of Place - World City Order

Related subjects » Geography

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