Im Namen der Altstadt. Stadtplanung zwischen Modernisierung und Identitätspolitik. Einführung in eine wechselhafte Geschichte

  • Appreciation for the qualities of "old town" centres is growing worldwide, and is doing so in two ways. On the one hand there is evidence of a renewed interest in and attention to existing historic cities, and on the other, efforts to create new urban areas with "old town" character are observable in many locations. These two phenomena are usually discussed separately, but are they in fact connected, and if so, how? The distinguishability of historic city centres from their replicas and surrogates appears in any case to be fading or becoming irrelevant. At the same time, it is apparent that this broad movement aims at achieving very different qualities and draws on a variety of very different sources. The palette ranges from desires to recapture and recreate visual effects or to exploit historically-themed architecture for purely marketing purposes, to more complex efforts to revive the qualities of the traditional European city, in the manner of postmodern corrective interventions and critical reconstructions, or along New UrbanistAppreciation for the qualities of "old town" centres is growing worldwide, and is doing so in two ways. On the one hand there is evidence of a renewed interest in and attention to existing historic cities, and on the other, efforts to create new urban areas with "old town" character are observable in many locations. These two phenomena are usually discussed separately, but are they in fact connected, and if so, how? The distinguishability of historic city centres from their replicas and surrogates appears in any case to be fading or becoming irrelevant. At the same time, it is apparent that this broad movement aims at achieving very different qualities and draws on a variety of very different sources. The palette ranges from desires to recapture and recreate visual effects or to exploit historically-themed architecture for purely marketing purposes, to more complex efforts to revive the qualities of the traditional European city, in the manner of postmodern corrective interventions and critical reconstructions, or along New Urbanist lines. Site-specific and typological approaches are juxtaposed with simple copies of facades and reconstructions of all kinds. The role of architectural conservation in all of this likewise calls for reassessment, given the discipline's highly ambivalent involvement in the emergence of "new" and "manufactured" old towns both in the past and today, from the Heimatschutz movement to Postmodernism.show moreshow less

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Lehrstuhl für Denkmalpflege - Heritage Sciences
Author:Gerhard Vinken
Title of the journal / compilation (Multiple languages):Produkt Altstadt : historische Stadtzentren in Städtebau und Denkmalpflege
Editor:Gerhard Vinken, Carmen M. Enss
Edition:1. Aufl.
Place of publication:Bielefeld
Publisher:Transcript
Year of publication:2016
Pages / Size:Seite 9-26
Collections:Urban studies
ISBN:978-3-8376-3537-9
Document Type:Article in a collective work
Language:Multiple languages
Peer Review:Nein
Internationale Verbreitung:Ja
Release Date:2016/10/13