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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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Decrepitude and Memory in the Landscape

Decrepitude and Memory in the Landscape

(p.132) 4 Decrepitude and Memory in the Landscape

Daniela Sandler

Cornell University Press

This chapter turns to Daniel Libeskind's unbuilt proposal for the site of former SS barracks next to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. This plan was commissioned by the local city government in the early 1990s. Unlike the piecemeal and localized character of the first two types of counterpreservation, the scale of this plan was very large both in size and in its potential socioeconomic impact. Moreover, the Oranienburg plan was designed by an architect who was, by then, already a rising star. On the one hand, this means that the open-ended and participatory nature of Hausprojekte and alternative cultural centers is missing. On the other hand, the poetics of counterpreservation was articulated more sharply through the architect's authorial presence. The political commitments so visible in the Hausprojekte and cultural centers were thus also present in Libeskind's socially minded program.

Keywords:   Daniel Libeskind, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial, Nazi Germany, memory, city government, Oranienburg, political commitments, World War II, Project MoUrning

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