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Counterpreservation: Architectural Decay in Berlin Since 1989

Daniela Sandler


In Berlin, decrepit structures do not always denote urban blight. Decayed buildings are incorporated into everyday life as residences, exhibition spaces, shops, offices, and as leisure space. As nodes of public dialogue, they serve as platforms for dissenting views about the future and past of Berlin. This book introduces the concept of counter-preservation as a way to understand this intentional appropriation of decrepitude. The embrace of decay is a sign of Berlin's iconoclastic rebelliousness, but it has also been incorporated into the mainstream economy of tourism and development as part o ... More

Keywords: Berlin, counterpreservation, Hausprojekte, Tacheles, World War II, postwar, Topography of Terror, Berlin Wall Memorial, Daniel Libeskind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703164
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniela Sandler, author
University of Minnesota