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Urban Landscape: Public and Open Space in Berlin

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Berlin is covered by extensive green areas, both in large, planned parks, and informal public spaces scattered across the urban fabric. Not all green spaces, however, resulted from innovative city planning, but rather from war, destruction, and division. With the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, vast areas of what had been a dense urban fabric prior to WWII were razed into border zones. The fall of the Wall was the beginning of an exciting era of economic, cultural, and social change. It also revealed the scars left by a gruesome object brutally set into the cityscape. Though recent building has filled most open lots, the future of many remains unclear. In this hands-on workshop, students discuss issues of open space in Berlin with its diverse public life and design, and create at the scale of the human being in an urban context.