Events | Calls - Part 18

posted by WFischer on 2007/06/07 13:00

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Cities in Transition: Urban Impact of Political Change

(Center for Metropolitan Studies / TU Berlin)


Apart of framing public and private life of a certain populace, cities
also reflect the current political establishment of the nation-state.
Being receptacles of power, cities accommodate political struggles and
restructurings both on the micro level of the local governance and on
the macro level of the state regime. Hence, changes in power
dispositions evoke various transformations within the urban realm that
affect equally the city as a representational image, the city as an
arena of social interactions and the city as a habitat.

In an interdisciplinary approach, this workshop at the Center for
Metropolitan Studies aims to develop deeper insights into the effects of
political change that emerges on the national/supra-national level onto
the urban realm. The focus of discussions will be on cities which
underwent drastic political changes on a higher scalar level than the
urban/regional (e.g. a regime transformation; a break-down of a
political system; a transition from war to peace, etc.).

By presenting examples of how these changes affected the urban structure
and urban life and critically analyzing the ensuing pressure and/or
collisions, we attend not only to come closer to a critical account of
acute problems and challenges, but also to reach a deeper understanding
of interconnections and tensions between the global and the local.


9.00 – 9.15 Coffee

9.15 – 10.00 Welcome, Short Presentations of the Organizers

10.00 – 10.45 Rainer Pöppinghege, Paderborn:
“The Knowledge about names
is no Trifle” – A historical approach to street naming in Germany

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.45 Ekaterina Lichtenstein, Berlin:
“Spatial Lobbying –
Examining the
relationship between architecture and power in Ekaterinburg, Russia”

11.45 – 12.30 Joanna Kusiak, Warsaw:
“Stalin’s gift at service of
liberal democracy”

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.45 Katrin Großmann:
“Future Challenges to Large Housing
Estates in East Central Europe”

14.45 – 15.30 Florian Koch:
“The housing market in Warsaw: An example of
transition governance?”

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break

15.45 – 17.00 Discussion: Important Issues, Difficulties, Struggles

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