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"... overt political architectural symbolism of any kind makes many Germans nervous.
After all, a certain notorious would-be architect--Adolf Hitler--believed in such symbolism so strongly that he was set to flatten much of Berlin in order to build Germania, his notion of a fitting seat for the Thousand-Year Reich. The architectural idiom was to be a swollen form of neoclassicism.
In reaction to this mania, official architecture in Bonn ... developed along quiet, unassuming, abstract, modernist lines. Glass was important ... The idea was, glass symbolizes the necessary openness of a democratic government.
But now the move of the capital back to Berlin has posed ... design challenge ... to find an architecture commensurate with united Germany's new status in the world ..." (Benjamin Forgey, wp_00.01.09)
"In the parlance of the reunited nation the figure at attention and the bland walking man are identifiably western in origin--they're 'Wessies.' The figure with that bizarre egghead and the other with that crazy porkpie hat are recognizably eastern--'Ossies.' ...
A great hue and cry was raised when the Berlin government began replacing the eastern signals ... the ... 'little traffic signal people. ...
Contrary to exuberant hopes after the Wall came down ... divisions between eastern and western Berlin remain strong ..." (Benjamin Forgey, wp_00.01.09)
Can crimes on such a scale even be memorialized? If memorials are built, where should they be placed and precisely whom should they memorialize? What form should they take and how big should they be?" (Benjamin Forgey, wp_00.01.09)
The word 'critical' refers to criticism of modern architecture and planning, and 'reconstruction' to rebuilding Berlin on the basis of traditional, local urban patterns. Critical reconstruction, then, is similar in many ways to neo-traditional town planning (a k a 'new urbanism') in the United States. ...
Is critical reconstruction a good or a bad thing?" (Benjamin Forgey, wp_00.01.09)
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