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German 325

Sites of Memory and Cultural Identity: The Topography of Contemporary Berlin

German 325 (e-mail list= germ325)
Senior Seminar, Frühling, 2002
Karen Remmler
Porter 121, Tel. X3066
Sprechstunden: Dienstag 17:00-18:00 Uhr oder Mittwoch 10:00-12:00 Uhr
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(Speaking Intensive). This course explores the meaning of built and natural environments, public and private spaces, and sites of memory in contemporary Berlin. Students will explore different approaches to the formation of space through architectural design, site construction, and urban planning. The representation of the topography of Berlin from a variety of historical, political, social, and cultural perspectives will form the basis of our study. In addition to case studies of particular building projects in post-war East and West Berlin, we will draw from literary texts, film, and essays that feature the changing landscape of the city following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Emphasis will be on interdisciplinary analysis and on-going group presentations. Sites under discussion will include the Berlin Wall, the Jewish Museum, Oranienburger Straße, Unter den Linden, and Potsdamer Platz among others. Films include Berlin, die Sinfonie einer Großstadt, Metropolis, Der Himmel über Berlin, Das Leben ist eine Baustelle, Lola rennt, Berlin Bablyon, and documentary film. Readings will include work by architects, city planners, catalogues of various site competitions and monument debates, and literary texts. Students are encouraged to build on their experiences abroad to do comparative studies of different approaches to the formation of space and to draw from their second majors. The seminar will meet once a week.

 




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