Earlier this week we published writer Millay Hyatt's account of walking the entire 100-mile length of the Berlin Wall Trail. Plain City
, by photographer Frank Schirrmeister, presents a complementary view of the city — a native Berliner's struggle "to keep pace emotionally as the city reinvents itself with dizzying speed." Here we are pleased to be featuring the first in a series of portfolios curated by our photography editor, Aaron Rothman.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 — 21 years ago this week — the reunified capital of Germany has been the setting for urban design competitions, real estate speculation, anxious memorialization, dynamic art events, and fervent political and cultural debate about the role of the past in the future of the city. But what about the actual strip, the parts of Berlin where the wall once stood? Writer Millay Hyatt treks the 100 miles of the Berlin Wall Trail, observing the sometimes easy, sometimes unsettling merger of east and west, past and present.
For centuries we've understood city and country, the urban and the agricultural, as distinct. "But today, in striking contrast, design culture and discourse abound with claims for the potential for urban agriculture," writes Charles Waldheim. "As environmental literacy among designers and scholars has grown, so too has enthusiasm for agricultural production in and around cities." Waldheim, one of the leading proponents of landscape urbanism, traces a history of agrarian urbanism, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Ludwig Hilberseimer to Andrea Branzi, all of whom, he notes, engaged "economic inequality, social justice, and environmental health."
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1995
A tour of Splendid China, the "world's largest miniature scenic spot.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.