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Die Himmel über Berlin: Constructing and Resisting Citizenship through Occupations of the Divided City's Aerial Space

Miles, N. C.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Guy Debord, among others, has shown that the physical and psychological landscapes of a city are interconnected. How we see and see from urban locations influences our overall sense of the city and, as Dennis Cosgrove has acknowledged, also our sense of civic identity. Combining history, theory, and criticism, this article considers the importance of Berlin's aerial space leading up to and during the division period of 1945-1989, exploring how ways of seeing and seeing from it aided and resisted identity formation among newly defined East and West German citizens. Adapting the vertical-geopolitical concept of aerial space, and using the power theory of John Alle...
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free text keywords: Berlin, aerial space, architecture, urban planning, cognitive map, psychogeography, citizenship, Wim Wenders
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