Berlin JournalsOn the History and Present State of the City #1
The Mauerpark Affair
Heimo Lattner, Judith Laub
Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, local citizens took the initiative and began replanting a section of the former border strip between the districts of Prenzlauer Berg in East Berlin and Wedding in West Berlin. They thus literally laid the groundwork for a public park whose completion would prove to be a bone of contention for the next twenty-five yearsa period in which participatory planning procedures exhausted civic engagement, and social and spatial polarization became increasingly extreme. As this detailed reconstruction of the history of Mauerpark illustrates, the site is no isolated example but rather symptomatic of developments in many parts of Berlin and other cities too: for what is at stake here is the reach of representative democracy.
96 pages, fully illustrated, with photographs by, among others, Stephanie Kloss and Ulrich Wüst
Print Die Mauerpark-Affäre: June 2016, German, ISBN 978-3-946674-00-9, 7,00 € .Order Online
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