German Cities in Transition

Life in German cities has undergone substantial changes in the last decade. Not only the East German cities had to address new challenges after the reunification of the German nation in 1990, but also the West German cities had to reformulate their place in the complex urban networks. Cities are mirroring wider changes in German society where new social and political developments can be observed. Economical and cultural globalization has had a major impact on many aspects of urban life. This lecture will give an overview about major developments in German cities since the German reunification in 1990. It will provide both a sound source of information on the most important issues of German society and reflect important discussion of the international debate on urban studies. It starts with a historical analysis that puts German cities in a context of the industrial revolution and the dramas of the 20th century.

Richtet sich an: MA Advanced Urbanism, MA Europäische Urbanistik, IPP, MediaArchitecture
Veranstaltungsart: Vorlesung, 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Termin: montags, 17.00 - 18.30 Uhr, ab dem 17. Oktober 2011
Ort: Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8, R 105
Sprache: Englisch
Dozent: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt
Leistungsnachweis: Klausur

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Urban Theory revisited

Theorizing the city remains an exciting challenge. How to make sense of what we observe in one city as a rule for general explanation? While the modern project of sciences assumes the ubiquitous significance of similar pattern of urban development, claims of the post-modern school of thought have been criticizing the blinds spots of general urban theory. Is then a generalized knowledge about cities still achievable or is it not even wishful anymore? In this lecture, recent reconsiderations about the American discourse on urban theory will be presented. The first meetings will give a recap on the tradition of the “old” Chicago School and the debate on the post-modern “LA School” and the “New York discourses” as to end up with the actual announcement of a “New Chicago School”. In a second step, discourses on the Arabic, African, and Asian cities will be reflected in each one lecture. As to finalize the debate, the state of theoritisation with regard to the German cities will be worked out.

Richtet sich an: MA Urbanistik, IPP, Urban Heritage, Doktoranden, MA MediaArchitecture
Veranstaltungsart: Vorlesung, 2 SWS  3 ETCS
Termin: montags, 19.00 - 20.30 Uhr, ab dem 17. Oktober 2011
Ort: Marienstraße 13, HS C
Sprache: Englisch
Dozent: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt

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