Industrial Culture in Berlin – Urban History, Conservation and Adaptive Reuses

Presentation on site (in English), term paper (in English or German), and attendance at all field trips

Format and dates
Introduction (Weimar):
April 9 at 11:00 am, Room 111 main bulding
Obligatory registration:
latest April 22
Field Trip (Berlin):
May 10–11, Friday, Saturday; May 17–18, Friday, Saturday
Discussion (Weimar):
May 28, Tuesday

All students have to organise travel and accommodation on their own.

Industrial heritage is not only about identity and memory, traditions, and labor movements; it belongs to cities, sites and their transformations. Beyond being cultural heritage, industrial heritage is an issue in planning. Subsequently, conservation of industrial heritage sites requires rethinking in the context of urban change, and the issue of how to balance protection, preservation/conservation, and development becomes all the more crucial as industrial heritage sites grow in number. This brings into play new challenges—not only through the known conflicts between conservation and contemporary architecture, but also with the increasing demand for economic urban development by reusing the built heritage of former industrial sites. Furthermore, industrial heritage sites give evidence in regard to urban history, history of architecture and technology as well as industrial culture.

The seminar aims at deepening the understanding of the values and inventories describing and defining industrial heritage sites.

Literature will be provided in English and German
_Oevermann, Heike/Mieg, Harald A. (Edt.) Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation. Clash of Discourses. New York, 2015.
_Overview of the Industrial Culture in Berlin:

Dr. Heike Oevermann