Amnesiopolis: Modernity, Space, and Memory in East Germany by Eli Rubin

By Eli Rubin

Amnesiopolis explores the development of Marzahn, the most important prefabricated housing venture in East Germany, equipped at the outskirts of East Berlin within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, and touted via the regime because the way forward for socialism. It focuses fairly at the adventure of East Germans who moved, frequently from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the 19th century, into this appreciably new position - one outlined by means of natural performance and rationality - a
material manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism.

Eli Rubin employs methodologies from serious geography, city background, architectural background, environmental historical past, and way of life heritage to invite no matter if their event was once an intensive holiday with their own pasts and the German previous. Amnesiopolis asks: can a dramatic switch in spatial and fabric atmosphere sever the hyperlinks of reminiscence that tie humans to their previous existence narratives, and if that is so, does that aid construct a brand new socialist mentality within the minds of historic subjects?
The solution is sure and no-as a lot because the East German nation attempted to create a totally new socialist cost, divorced of any hyperlinks to the pre-socialist earlier, the large development undertaking exposed the reality buried-literally-in the floor, which used to be that the urge to colonize the outskirts of Berlin was
not new in any respect. additionally, the development of a brand new urban out of not anything, utilizing repeating, exact structures, created a panopticon-like impact, giving the Stasi the opportunity of extra whole surveillance than they formerly had.

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