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CounterpreservationArchitectural Decay in Berlin Since 1989$
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Daniela Sandler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703164

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703164.001.0001

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Counterpreservation as a Concept

Counterpreservation as a Concept

(p.19) 1 Counterpreservation as a Concept

Daniela Sandler

Cornell University Press

This chapter is a conceptual discussion of counterpreservation. It defines the term in more detail and explores its connections with relevant theoretical and critical works. The word “counterpreservation” here serves to identify, analyze, and aggregate tendencies present in a range of examples, indicating coincident social processes and convergent cultural meanings. Thus, the chapter first focuses on Berlin and its particular attitudes toward the decay and repurposing of old buildings, examining how these architectural practices echo three issues that have defined the city since 1989: gentrification, historical memory, and unification. The chapter then moves beyond the city of Berlin to describe how counterpreservation functions in myriad forms through other urban settings and landscapes.

Keywords:   counterpreservation, social processes, cultural meanings, Berlin, gentrification, historical memory, unification, urban landscapes, architectural and urban heritage

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