Building the New Berlin

Building the New Berlin : The Politics of Urban Development in Germany's Capital City

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Appraising the redevelopment of Berlin since the late nineteenth century, Elizabeth A. Strom details how the contests between politicians, bureaucrats, architects, and developers have become especially prominent since reunification. Whether addressing the historical struggle to shape the city into the important world capital that it is today, charting the (re)creation of Berlin as a national government center, or exploring the city's massive economic restructuring, Building the New Berlin illustrates the intimate relationship between architecture and politics in an ongoing dialogue about whom the city should serve. Strom suggests that Berlin is a unique case study of city building in the twentieth century due to Berlin's turbulent battles over the central city, the seat of national and local governance. Nonetheless, these tensions provide fertile ground for the study of the central questions of urban political economy. Strom has fashioned an accessible, well-written and perceptive study that not only is a valuable addition to urban development literature, but also provides a foundational understanding of the debate and controversy in the planning of Berlin's city center in the 1990s.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739101625
  • 9780739101629

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: The Political and Economic Context of Urban Development Chapter 3 The Political Life of the City Chapter 4 Central City Development Chapter 5 The Politics of Post-Socialism Chapter 6 Economic and Fiscal Crisis Part 7 Part Two: Actors and Their Roles Chapter 8 The Public Sector: Actors and Processes in Berlin's Development Chapter 9 Real Estate Development Chapter 10 Experts, Aesthetes, and the Built Environment Part 11 Part Three: Case Studies Chapter 12 Planning the National Capital Chapter 13 Three Central City Areas in Transition Chapter 14 Conclusionshow more

About Elizabeth A. Strom

Elizabeth A. Strom is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.show more

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[In this] necessary book... Strom captures the key themes that have come together in a rather unique city going through a rather unique period in its history. In sum, the book is a very helpful volume in assessing the current state of urban planning in Berlin, and offers a number of useful insights into the inflow of capital into the city, and its effects upon the environs, opening up a number of new possibilities for further research. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online Elizabeth Strom has provided an insightful, thoroughly researched, and brilliantly written study. For those who want to understand the urban transformation of Berlin, both theoretically and empirically, this book provides a valuable starting point. Urban Studies As an analysis of development planning and politics, this work is incisive and will definitely make a significant contribution to the fields of urban planning and politics. -- Alan DeGaetano, Baruch Collegeshow more

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