Bocquet, Denis
July 2010
Città e Storia;lug-dic2010, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p467
Academic Journal
Hans Stimmann has been, between 1990 and 2006, responsible town planning within the Berlin local government. The article attempts to confront the personal trajectory of this important figure, at the heart of all decision making processes pertaining to urbanism and architecture during the crucial season that followed the fall of the wall. A very discreet professional during the 1980s, he suddenly became a pivotal figure and was called by his party to take over the immense task of inventing new planning instruments for Berlin reunited. The article analyzes this process, its conditions and its ambiguities, with a specific focus on issues like the evolution of the concepts of critical reconstruction and soft urban renewal, the role of West-Berlin planners in defining the policies to be applied in the Eastern part of the city, the aesthetics of architecture and the general political economy of the planning and architecture in post-1990 Berlin.


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