By Eli Rubin
Amnesiopolis explores the development of Marzahn, the most important prefabricated housing venture in East Germany, equipped at the outskirts of East Berlin within the Seventies and Eighties, and touted via the regime because the way forward for socialism. It additionally focuses specially at the event of East Germans who moved, usually from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the 19th century, into this significantly new position, one outlined by natural performance and rationality; a fabric manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism. Read more...
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24 Marzahn was also in its own way a “prestige” project, as we 24 See for example Urban, Neohistorical East Berlin, and Pugh, Architecture, Politics and Identity, both of which focus more on “prestige” projects than housing, especially mass housing, as well as Brian Ladd “Socialist Planning and the Rediscovery of the Old City in the German Democratic Republic” Journal of Urban History 275 (2001), 584–603; there is bountiful literature on famous architects and architectural projects in East Germany, most of which leaves out mass-produced 8 Amnesiopolis will see, with guests of honor ranging from Mikhail Gorbachev to Sigmund Jähn.
Bauhaus Tradition und DDR Moderne: Der Architekt Richard Paulick (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2006). , City of Architecture of the City: Berlin 1900–2000 (Berlin: Nicolai, 2000), which does touch on the issue of housing more, but again only from a planning perspective, not from the perspective of everyday life. , Warum zum Beispiel die Stalinallee? Beiträge zu einer Transformationsgeschichte des modernen Planens und Bauens (Erkner: Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung, 1999).
Beyond the communist world, in France, see Kenny Cupers, The Social Project: Housing Postwar France (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014); on Britain, Anthony Alexander, Britain’s New Towns: Garden Cities to Sustainable Communities (New York: Routledge, 2009); in the developing world, Emily Calacci, “Ujamaa Urbanism: History, Urban Culture and the Politics of Authenticity in Socialist Dar-es-Salaam, 1967–1980” (PhD. Dissertation, Northwestern University, 2012). 10 Amnesiopolis have an overwhelming need to tell the story of their lives in Marzahn.
Amnesiopolis : modernity, space, and memory in East Germany by Eli Rubin