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. Economic 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/Urban Heritage, MediaArchitecture
Veranstaltungsart: Vorlesung, 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Termin: montags, 17.00 - 18.30 Uhr, ab dem 15. Oktober 2012
Ort: Marienstraße 13, HS A
Sprache: Englisch
Dozent: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt
Leistungsnachweis: Klausur

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Urban Heritage Lecture Series

The last decades have shown that urban development is a highly contested notion with a multitude of internal contradictions – and heritage plays a substantial role fueling these contradictions. This lecture series, prepared by the doctoral candidates from the Institute of European Urbanism, is aimed to tackle some of the main issues related to the theme 'urban heritage'.
Departing from historic monument preservation and urban development policy characterized by awareness of history, the lecture series will operate with an extensive concept of 'heritage' considering the political and sociological constitution of the city in regard to its capacity for social integration and local democracy. Instead of offering a univocal comprehensive overview of the various aspects of urban heritage, each lecture will give voice to a multitude of approaches that engage with the topic from different disciplinary backgrounds and geographically diverse case studies.
Theorizing the kaleidoscopic and rich empirical materials provided by each of these lectures, the lecturers and students will engage in critical discussions with the broad topic of urban heritage revolving around a shared set of questions: What constitutes urban heritage and the way it is perceived, valued and presented? What kind of diverging claims are activated and what makes heritage such a debated issue? How do specific disciplines engage with the topic and how can these different approaches be bridged together? By means of the lecture series contributed by candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds, we aim to shed light on a further understanding to the subject of urban heritage and the complexities entangled in/evolved from/ derived to it.


Richtet sich an: Master students (all programmes), PhD students, IPP, Urban Heritage
Veranstaltungsart: Vorlesung
Termine: montags, 19.00 - 20.30 Uhr
Ort: Marienstraße 13, HS B
Sprache: English
Dozent: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt