Reframing Berlin (Book)
Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations
Reframing Berlin investigates the concept of urban memory through the transformation and/or consistency of the built environment. These architectural changes, defined as urban strategies, range from demolition (forgetting) to memorialisation (remembering) and are shown through case studies using film locations in Berlin. 64 b/w illus.
Reframing Berlin is about how architecture and the built environment can reveal the memory of a city, an urban memory, through its transformation and consistency over time by means of ‘urban strategies’, which have developed throughout history as cities have adjusted to numerous political, religious, economic and societal changes. These strategies are organised on a ‘memory spectrum’, which range from demolition to memorialisation.
It reveals the complicated relationship between urban strategies and their influence on memory-making in the context of Berlin since 1895, with the help of film locations. It utilises cinematic representations of locations as an audio-visual archive to provide a deeper analysis of the issues brought up by strategies and case studies in relation to memory-making.
Foreword by Kathleen James-Chakraborty
A new volume in the Mediated Cities series from Intellect
Christopher S. Wilson is an architecture and design historian at Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida, USA. He is also the “scholar-in residence” of the non-profit Architecture Sarasota.
Gul Kacmaz Erk is a senior lecturer in architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. She is also the founding director of CACity (Cinema
and Architecture in the City), Collaborative Research Group.
Berlin: The Remembered City
Memory in Berlin
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Demolition
New Reich Chancellery
Palace of the Republic
- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Temporary Installation
- From Scratch: New Construction
- Business or Pleasure?: Disneyfication
- Cycle of Life: Mutation
The Berlin Wall
- Prosthetic Limbs: Supplementation
The Reichstag Dome
Berlin Olympic Stadium
- Frozen in Time: Suspension
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Topography of Terror
- On the Move: Relocation
Grand Hotel Esplanade
- Survival Instinct: Adaptation
Berlin Techno Clubs
- Altered States: Appropriation
Berlin TV Tower
- My Precious!: Preservation
The Brandenburg Gate
Berlin State Opera
- Once upon a Time: Memorialization
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Conclusions: Berlin: Remember When …
The Global Context