By Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei
Greater than 20 years of deconstruction, upkeep, and reconstruction have left the city environments within the former German Democratic Republic thoroughly reworked. This quantity considers the altering city landscapes within the former East - and the way the filling of prior absences and the absence of prior presence - creates the cultural panorama of modern unified Germany. This broadens our realizing of this variation by way of interpreting often-neglected towns, areas, or buildings, and old narration and renovation.
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The second was a compromise between historic preservation and a modern socialist city, and the third would have involved the demolition of large parts of the historic city and its replacement with modern prefabricated buildings (Schauer 1999). In the end the third plan was favored. It was most in line with the general policy that favored radical redevelopments and the preservation of only the most important historical monuments, such as the world-renowned palace, the Zwinger, in Dresden, or the National Theater in Weimar.
For example, Frau Scheil said that “the dialogue with the preservationists was very constructive and the interests of the owners and inhabitants were considered,” so all issues surrounding the extensive restoration of her house were resolved satisfactorily. Frau Jerx, the architect who once worked for the GDR preservation oﬃce and now has her own architectural ﬁrm and therefore deals with preservation measures on a daily basis, also believed that diﬀerences of opinion can be resolved. She stated, “I do not understand why so many people complain about the historic preservationists—the things they had to do Preserving the Past 35 and what they were prevented from doing.
While some inhabitants object to some of the guidelines, most serious conﬂicts are the result of decisions taken by the regional preservation oﬃce. From a preservationist point of view, the eﬀorts in Quedlinburg must be seen as a success, which was conﬁrmed by UNESCO by including the city on its World Heritage List. 6. Opinions about the Bergwerk are divided. Photograph by Heike Alberts. 38 Heike Alberts Quedlinburg as a UNESCO World Heritage Site In 1994, eighty hectares of the historic city of Quedlinburg were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East Since German Reunification by Gwyneth Cliver, Carrie Smith-Prei