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Imag[in]ing Potsdamer Platz

Dixon, Alexander M (2009) Imag[in]ing Potsdamer Platz. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Over the past fifteen years Berlin's Potsdamer Platz has experienced a nearly unprecedented level of redevelopment, transforming it from a bleak, empty ruin cut by the Berlin wall to an urban entertainment and commercial complex. Housing international corporations and designed by a slew of world-renowned architects, the site has played a large part in the architectural discourse of post-wall Berlin. Critical scholarship concerning the new Potsdamer Platz, however, has largely neglected the more complicated and discordant attributes of the architecture and planning, regarding the site as a superficial image of contrived urban tourist space and classifying it in a singular capacity. Synthesizing historical and critical texts and images with experiential research and analysis of the architecture and spatial relationships on Potsdamer Platz, I examine the various complexities, dissonances and ambiguities present within the site and the surrounding context of Berlin. Through this exploration I propose a new image of Potsdamer Platz, one that is multifaceted, fragmented and ultimately defined by layered discord rather than singularity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dixon, Alexander
Date: 18 May 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 April 2009
Approval Date: 18 May 2009
Submission Date: 13 May 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: building; destination architecture; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Germany; Helmut Jahn; High-rise; Prostitute; Renzo Piano; Skyscraper; Times Square; unification; Widow
Other ID:, etd-05132009-212604
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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