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The Re-Use of Urban Ruins

Atmospheric Inquiries of the City, 1st Edition

By Hanna Katharina Göbel


238 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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How do urban ruins provoke their cultural revaluation? This book offers a unique sociological analysis about the social agencies of material culture and atmospheric knowledge of buildings in the making. It draws on ethnographic research in Berlin along the former Palace of the Republic, the E-Werk and the Café Moskau in order to make visible an interdisciplinary regime of design experts who have developed a professional sensorium turning the built memory of the city into an object of aesthetic inquiry.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Emergence of Urban Laboratory Cultures of Re-Use 3. Aesthetic Experiments with the Memory of Urban Ruins 4. The Stabilization of Memory: Cultural Engineering of Ruins as Buildings 5. The Politics of Events in Historical Locations 6. Interdisciplinary Expertise and Its Concerns. Appendix.

About the Author

Hanna Katharina Göbel is a cultural sociologist and works as a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Human Movement Science/Performance Studies at Universität Hamburg.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban