Transparency in Divided Berlin: The Palace of the Republic

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Berghahn
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Berlin Divided City, 1945-1989, 2010, First, pp. 100 - 111
Issue Date:
2010-01
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The use of transparency ideology to explain the glass facades and open spatial planning at the GDR's Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic) underscores the complex double history of the division of Germany after 1945. Konrad J arausch describes this history as replete with "surprising parallels, multiple interactions, and mutual projections" U arausch 1999: 10; Lemke 2006). The parallels belie Cold War- era propaganda from both East and West about a radical difference between the two poli tical systems and societies (Butter and Hartung 2004; Ladd 2002: 91 - 92; Strobel 1994: 25). In the limited realm of state architecture , the debates over the appropriate architectural styles and urban planning strategies for the postwar period, the stylistic and aesthetic choices made for state buildings, and the pUblic rhetoric supporting these choices were often astonishingly alike in spite of the very different political systems the architecture was designed to represent.
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