The Berlin Reader: A Compendium on Urban Change and Activism

The Berlin Reader: A Compendium on Urban Change and Activism


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The Berlin Reader is an essential resource for anyone interested in urban development in one of the most interesting and important metropolises in Europe. It provides scholars, students, journalists, and visitors with a survey of essential discussions on the changes Berlin has experienced since the fall of the wall. It addresses inner city renewal, housing and the local economy, and gentrification and other urban conflicts. The anthology breaks new ground by offering non-German speakers insight into reunification's controversial debates and by addressing the mixed results of Berlin's urban transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837624786
Publisher: Transcript-Verlag
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Urban Studies
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthias Bernt works as a Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Erkner. He has published widely on matters of gentrification, urban shrinkage, and local politics.

Britta Grell is a political scientist, lecturer and author, based in Berlin and focused on social policies and urban movements. She is an active member of INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action).

Andrej Holm works at the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology at Berlin's Humboldt University. He is a well-known expert on the topic of housing and gentrification, and has published various books on the »Right to the City.«

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction Matthias Bernt Britta Grell Andrej Holm 11

Berlin's Megalomania

Berlin Won't Remain Berlin Hartmut Häußermann Walter Siebel 25

Berlin is Becoming the Capital - Surely and Securely Volker Eick 33

Last Exit to Alexanderplatz Wolfgang Kil 47

Berlin's Urban Development Discourse: Symbolic Action and the Articulation of Hegemonic Interests Simone Hain 53

Berlin In-Between

The Barbarian East Uwe Rada 71

Berlin: From Divided to Fragmented City?: Socio-Spatial Changes Since 1990 Hartmut Häußermann Andreas Kapphan 77

Mew Lines of Division in the New Berlin Margit Mayer 95

Exploring the Substance and Style of Gentrification: Berlin's "Prenzlberg" Matthias Bernt Andrej Holm 107

Berlin On Sale

City of Talents?: Berlin's Regional Economy, Socio-Spatial Fabric and "Worst Practice" Urban Governance Stefan Krätke 131

The Uneven Development of Berlin's Housing Provision: Institutional Investment and Its Consequences on the City and Its Tenants Sabina Uffer 155

Berlin's Gentrification Mainstream Andrej Holm 171

The Berlin Water Company: From "Inevitable" Privatization to "Impossible" Remunicipalization Ross Beveridge and Matthias Naumann 189

Berlin Contested

Berlin Diversities: The Perpetual Act of Becoming of a True Metropolis Stephan Lanz 207

"Berlin Does Not Love You": Notes On Berlin's "Tourism Controversy" and Its Discontents Johannes Novy 223

The Sound of Berlin: Subculture and Global Music Industry Ingo Bader Albert Scharenberg 239

Spree Riverbanks for Everyone!: What Remains of "Sink Mediaspree"? Jan Dohnke 261

Copyright Information 275

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