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BerlinJosef Paul Kleihues, Hardt-Waltherr Hämer et al.

In 1979, 23 years after the realization of the Interbau exhibition in Berlin’s Hansaviertel district, the initiative was taken to organize a new, large-scale building exhibition in Berlin. When the exhibition officially ended in 1987, a large number of projects had been built, but together these amounted to only half of the construction plans. The original theme – the city as a place of residence (Der Stadt als Wohnort) – was eventually developed in two separate parts: new urban construction (under the title ‘Kritische Rekonstruktion der Stadt’) and urban renewal (‘Behutsame Stadterneuerung’). Together, both groups of projects formed a manifesto against the urban development in post-war Berlin, which was characterized by large-scale projects, prefabrication and the ignoring of existing structures and buildings. In the introduction to the official project overview from 1987, Josef Paul Kleihues, who was in charge of the section relating to new construction, talked about a dialogue between modernity and tradition that was meant to lead to the so-called ‘critical reconstruction’ of the city…