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Risen from RuinsThe Cultural Politics of Rebuilding East Berlin$
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Paul Stangl

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503603202

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503603202.001.0001

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(p.260) Conclusion
Risen from Ruins

Paul Stangl

Stanford University Press

Key cultural and political groups displayed a great deal of internal unity in their approach to the urban landscape due to their adherence to the same frameworks of interpretation and political interests. This is not to imply that humans agency was irrelevant. Individuals and groups created and altered these frameworks, and made decisions about how to apply them to the city. The triad of place-based meaning, spatial/formal relations and representation was consistently significant, albeit with vastly different levels of importance attached to each on a case-by-case basis. The differential treatment of memorials, monumental architecture, vernacular buildings, public spaces, and city plans suggests that they differed in how they conveyed cultural meaning. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 made an emphatic statement about the GDR that would always stand as a counterpoint to its other building projects.

Keywords:   Berlin Wall, structure and agency, Communist legacy

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