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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projects | Berlin Perspectives | Courses | Winter Semester 2014/15 | The EAST/WEST Competition – Urban Planning and Living Culture from Cold War to the Present

The EAST/WEST Competition – Urban Planning and Living Culture from Cold War to the Present

Taught by Michael Grass

Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Course taught in English

Language Requirements: English B2

 

Course description

Berlin is the city of East / West competition. Since the division of the city into East and West, demonstrating the power of the capitalism and socialism respectively was central to urban planning. In the beginning, the solution of obstacles to urban development proved vital. This seminar examines the dualism in urban planning between East and West Berlin chronologically. Seminar presentations and two excursions trace the diverse targets and demands of capitalist and socialist urban planning. For the analysis, we do not only consider architectural and formal aspects. Cultural contexts, living and dwelling models and political strategies will be looked at as well.

This seminar targets students interested in urban sociology and planning, metropolitan studies, German cultural history, art history, and architectural history. Interested students of the humanities and social sciences are invited.

Course taught in English (with parts in German, depending on language level)

Literature

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