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COUNTER-PRESERVATION: ARCHITECTURAL DECAY IN BERLIN SINCE 1989. Daniela Sandler. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2016. Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures and Thoughts. 306 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781501703171 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 174970. Publisher's description: In Berlin, decrepit structures do not always denote urban blight. Decayed buildings are incorporated into everyday life as residences, exhibition spaces, shops, offices, and as leisure space. As nodes of public dialogue, they serve as platforms for dissenting views about the future and past of Berlin. In this book, Daniela Sandler introduces the concept of counter preservation as a way to understand this intentional appropriation of decrepitude. The embrace of decay is a sign of Berlin's iconoclastic rebelliousness, but it has also been incorporated into the mainstream economy of tourism and development as part of the city's counter cultural cachet. Sandler presents the possibilities and shortcomings of counter preservation as a dynamic force in Berlin and as a potential concept for other cities.
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Worldwide Number: 174971
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