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Moderne in Afrika. Asmara – Die Konstruktion einer italienischen Kolonialstadt 1889-1941

Book by Vera Simone Bader, 288 pages, Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2016

Harald Bodenschatz, Technische Universität Berlin, harald.bodenschatz@tu-berlin.de

„Asmara – Afrikas heimliche Hauptstadt der Moderne“ – mit dieser Botschaft betörte Ende 2006 eine Ausstellung im Deutschen Architekturzentrum in Berlin die deutsche Fachwelt. Das Baunetz schwärmte damals: „Piccola Roma in der Wüste: Eine Idealstadt der Moderne wird wieder entdeckt“. Fast zehn Jahre nach der Berliner Ausstellung legt Vera Simone Bader ein Buch vor, das hinter den mythisch aufgeladenen Schleier einer „Idealstadt der Moderne“ blickt. Sie zeigt, dass Asmara eine italienische Kolonialstadt (1889 bis 1941) war, die bereits früh entwickelt wurde, aber dann für den faschistische Überfall auf Äthiopien 1935 eine Schlüsselrolle spielte, in diesem Kontext radikal transformiert und als „Pforte“ des neuen Imperiums inszeniert wurde – nicht zuletzt durch eine bis heute faszinierende Architektur. Das Buch ist die leicht gekürzte Version einer Dissertation, die 2012 am Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin eingereicht wurde.

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Sutcliffe Price 2016

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de

In honor of Anthony Sutcliffe (founding member of IPHS and Planning Perspectives), IPHS has created an award to recognize the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English and completed during the two years preceding the biennial conference. There is no restriction on topic, but submissions which most directly and innovatively address the internationalism of the modern planning movement in line with much of Sutcliffe’s work are especially welcome. The prize was awarded first time at the July 2014 conference in St. Augustine, Florida, USA.

Doctoral dissertations completed during 2014 and 2015 are eligible. Self-nominations or nominations from dissertation advisors (on behalf of their students) are welcomed. The award winner will receive free conference registration for the 2016 conference in Delft and a $100 prize. All submissions must include the dissertation in single file PDF format, a brief biography of the student with full contact details, identification of the main academic advisor(s) also with contact details, and a letter of affirmation by the dissertation advisor (or some other official university documentation) that the dissertation was completed and successfully passed/defended in the eligibility period, calendar years 2014-2015.

Nomination should be sent to Sutcliffe Award Chair: Prof. Dr. José Luis Sáinz Guerra, Valladolid/Spain: jlsainzg@hotmail.com before 15th of March 2016.
The winner will be informed in April 2016.

Städtebau und Diktatur – eine europäische Perspektive

Research presentation
Saturday, June 13, 2015. 6 pm
Lange Nacht der Wissennschaften
Center for Metropolitan Studies, Hardenbergstraße 16-18, 10623 Berlin
Raum HBS 0.10

Christian von Oppen, Technische Universität Berlin, christian.von.oppen@uni-weimar.de

Die Erinnerung an die Diktaturen des 20. Jahrhunderts ist vor allem eine nationale Angelegenheit. Notwendig ist der Aufbau einer europäischen Erinnerungskultur: andere Praktiken kennen und verstehen lernen, die eigene Praxis reflektieren und die Diktaturen als gemeinsames europäisches Erbe begreifen.

Städtebau und Diktatur: Erweiterung des nationalen Tunnelblicks Der übliche Blick auf Städtebau und Diktatur ist isoliert, national. Das hat seinen Preis. Vor allem schränkt er unsere Interpretationsmöglichkeiten ein. Prof. Dr. Harald Bodenschatz, 18:00 Uhr

Portugal: ignorierter Spiegel Europas Die portugiesische Diktatur als eigensinniger Spielball konfligierender ausländischer Interessen. Dipl.-Ing. Christian von Oppen, 18:15 Uhr

Spanien nach dem Bürgerkrieg: die ersten Jahre der Franco-Diktatur Der Wiederaufbau Spaniens fand unter ambivalenten Bedingungen zwischen ökonomischer Isolierung und internationalen Beispielen statt. Dott. Mag. Piero Sassi, 18:30 Uhr

Der Diktator als Städtebauer? Die Schnittstelle zwischen Städtebau und Geschichtsschreibung wirft viele Fragen auf, sobald es sich um die Stadtproduktion von Diktaturen handelt. Prof. Dr. Max Welch Guerra, 18:45 Uhr

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An Urban History of the Twentieth Century? Historiographic reflexions

Call for papers, Ciudades 19 (2016)

María Castrillo Romón, Universidad de Valladolid, mariacr@arq.uva.es

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We are currently celebrating the centenary of the first movements, exhibitions, congress and competitions on urbanism which took place in Europe. For this reason several scientific meetings encourage the discussion on history of urbanism and towns on the Twentieth Century. For essence, journal Ciudades dedicated its 6th issue (2001) to the centenary of the launch of “Garden Cities of Tomorrow” (http://www3.uva.es/iuu/ciud06.htm); the Berlin University of Technology has inaugurated the exhibition “City visions 1910 / 2010. Berlin Paris London Chicago. 100 years General Urban Design Exhibition in Berlin (‘Allgemeine Städtebau-Ausstellung in Berlin’)” (http://architekturmuseum.ub.tu-berlin.de/index.php?set=1&p=451&LANG=EN); a powerful group of research laboratories located in Paris have already organised two congress on the topic “Inventer le Grand Paris”, starting with the works of the Commission of Extension of Paris from 1913 to 1919 (http://www.citechaillot.fr/fr/auditorium/colloques_conferences_et_debats/colloques/25377-inventer_le_grand_paris.html), and the Bauhaus Universität Weimar is preparing the commemoration of its own foundation.

All these germinal events have in common their internationality. Whether these celebrated facts arose with the ‘international’ feature or they have acquired it because of the expansion out of the own country, they give proof of a speech that has gone beyond countries and even continents in the early twentieth century, as stated by several authors (Topalov 1999). However, the extensive bibliography on the History of Urbanism on the Twentieth Century usually gathers local or national monographs. And, when they try to reach an international focus, they tend to juxtapose case analyses by countries. This is one of the contradictions that are currently being discussed by research teams from the Universities of Weimar, Paris?Est and Valladolid. In this context, several meetings have been organised in order to study the relevance, the interest and the conditions of possibility of the History of European Urbanism on the Twentieth Century.

Within those discussions several questions have emerged, that Ciudades would like to propose in order to open a debate. The objective is to look at the most convenient study framework in order to understand the evolution over time of urban facts. Monographs covering towns have largely developed. But, beyond local level, which geographical frameworks could take into account the most general evolutions and which could be the most efficient categories of analysis for studies on other scales? Which are the new requirements and perspective for a pertinent comparative approach? These are general questions, but more specific ones are also interesting: does it make sense to consider a History of European Urbanism on the Twentieth Century?; in a historical moment crossed by (de)colonization, conflicts, profound political changes and wars, what or which could be the pertinent territorial frameworks which not only will create changing polarities but also will redesign national and international frontiers?; What “20th Century” should we take into account?: the “long Century” (Arrighi, 1999) defined by economic cycles, covering since 1880 or even since 1860?; the political Century starting with the First World War?; or a Century covering much less than 100 years, reduced to the period of Union European consolidation as an international urban actor?

But, closely connected to the previous questions, a basic interrogation is set out: is it relevant to support the reflection on the history of urbanization or should we consider urban history? Urban history, history of city building history, town planning and urban design history, history of urbanization… These concepts refer to different objects (social formations, urbanized areas, ideas, public action on urbanism…) and diverse disciplines and approaches. Nevertheless, sometimes they are not clearly differentiated. Alvarez Mora, in “La necesaria componente espacial en la historia urbana” (1996) has raised the problem concerning the relation between urban history, seen as a branch of social history, and town planning and urban design history, whose epistemological basis would be the urban area itself. And this area would be considered as a conflicting social product and not as a simple place for social facts. But, how could we grasp the complexity of building the urban area from a non?local level and a fortiori from an international scale? History often finds it difficult to go beyond ideas. It covers flow and reception of intellectual production on urbanism or dominant models of public action, avoiding at the same time the city built out of those flows and unregulated processes, and also omitting that those ideas come from an specific urban context. Therefore, this monograph also focus on a historiographic criticism with a prospective forecast, whether applied (new problems, methods of analysis, etc. that could be acceptable or interesting for international urban history on the Twentieth Century), or theoretical (analysis of historiographic production on the urban dimension, its evolution and tendencies). The question on the possibility of an urban history is again drawn up on a general basis, but that question could be reconsidered on particular contexts, properly justified.

We accept articles of different types:

– Articles debating epistemological aspects of urban historiography, starting from the analysis of specific facts or concepts.

– Articles on European Urban History with a particular object.

– Articles which, following the same theoretical aims, examine the history of the construction of urbanism, both as an academic discipline and as a professional status.

– Reviews or critics regarding historiographic problems related with the urban.

Download call for papers: Ciudades19EN

Deadline for submission of papers (see guidelines for authors): 10th September 2015.

Coordinators: María Castrillo y Charlotte Vorms

To send the articles (only by e‐mail) to the secretary of Ciudades: revistaciudades@arq.uva.es.

The editorial guidelines for the elaboration and the remission of the articles are explained in: http://www3.uva.es/iuu/Marcos_R.htm

Bibliographic references:

Álvarez Mora, A. (1996). “La necesaria componente espacial en la historia urbana”, Ayer, núm. 23, pp. 29-59.

Arrighi, G. (1999). El largo siglo XX. Barcelona, Akal.

Topalov, C. (dir.) (1999), Laboratoires du nouveau siècle. La nébuleuse réformatrice et ses réseaux en France, 1880-1914, Paris, EHESS.

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Series of events at the Osteuropa-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin

Thomas Flierl, Bauhaus-Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur und Planung, mail@thomasflierl.de

Moskau – imperiale, sowjetische, postsozialistische Metropole. Moskau – urbanes Planspiel und urbanes Monster. Moskau – vielschichtiges Gefüge der Organisation von Lebenswelten, des Wohnens, der Bewegungsformen, der politischen und kulturellen Repräsentation. Die Vortragsreihe thematisiert unter architektur- und planungshistorischen, film- und musikwissenschaftlichen Aspekten das «Bild» der Metropole im mehrfachen Sinne von realer Topographie, Imagination und symbolischer Aufladung des städtischen Raums. Sie führt in zeitlicher Perspektive von der Hauptstadt der Sowjetunion bis zur globalisierten Mega-City der Gegenwart.

Koordination: Thomas Flierl, Susanne Strätling, Georg Witte

Download programme: Stadt_Bild_Moskau

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20th Century European Urbanism: Towards a Shared History

Lecture series at the Bauhaus University Weimar

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de
Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, max.welch@uni-weimar.de

The debate on a common European identity is by no means novel. However, over the past few years the escalation of multiple crises and the consequent discussion about the future of the European Union have extended this debate to ever larger segments of society. A shared European history is a fundamental part of the European identity. Discussing it is today more important than ever. Professional and cultural exchange throughout Europe was very intense in the 20th century. It had a strong effect on urbanism in the individual countries. Therefore, the history of urbanism in Europe during the 20th century should be discussed in an international context, as a shared history. Within the lecture series, we will tackle some major issues, such as housing policies, large-scale projects and urban renewal in different geographical contexts (Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Russia and Cyprus) and historical periods. On the one hand, this will allow to underline similarities between case studies and to recognize the exchange of models, experts and know-how between different countries. On the other hand, by considering the single case study in a broader international context, this will make it possible to understand its peculiarities. Doing so, the lecture will take on a European perspective.

Download programme: 20th_Century_European_Urbanism_20042015 Urbanism in Europe_Karte Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Deutungs- und Nutzungskonflikte ehemaliger NS-Großprojekte in der Gegenwart

Study project presentation at the Bauhaus-University Weimar

Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, max.welch@uni-weimar.de

The presentation will take place on Thursday February 12th, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m at the Institut für Europäische Urbanistik IfEU.

Einladung Präsentation Deutungs- und Nutzungskonflikte