Stadtschloss, Berlin, Reconstruction
This thesis addresses the German government’s proposed reconstruction of Berlin’s city palace, the Stadtschloss, from a critical perspective. The exact replication of the old façades attempts to recreate a lost relationship in the city’s geographical and cultural center. An exploration of the layering of historical events and memories on the palace’s site show how they may be revealed and recalled. By analyzing case studies of reconstructed historic districts in Dresden and Warsaw, along with theories of preservation and memorialization, this thesis proposes an alternative to the artificial façade reconstruction. Through the coupling of museum program with a landscape garden, ‘found’ ancient monuments and artifacts from the city of Berlin are used to evoke the individual and collective memories of the multi-layered, intertwined histories of the reunified German capital.
Schwarzwalder, Scott, "Reconstructing the Berliner Schloss: Architecture and Memory after German Reunification" (2011). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 12.