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ARCHITECTURE OF BERLIN
READING LIST

New Architecture Berlin 1990-2000 by Martin Kieren and Andreas Gottlieb Hempel, JOVI9, 1999. Chronicled description of many of Berlin's buildings.  Includes pictures and models.

Rebuilding the Reichstag by Norman Foster and David Jenkins, Overlook Press, 2000.  Essays by Foster and others on the re-design of this city center including Foster's sketches, photos, and archives, as well as plans for the building from its beginning to its recent development.

Capital Dilemma: Germany's Search for a New Architecture of Democracy by Michael Z. Wise, Princeton Architectural Press, 1998.  Seasoned journalist M. Wise gathers a series of interviews in order to address the issues of Berlin's phobia against monumental architecture and the recent changes in Berlin.  Highly reviewed with good photography. 

Twentieth-Century Museums Vol. I by James Russell, Phaidon, 1999. The first in a series of books that aims to provide the reader with a chance to compare and contrast various museum designs and works.  See sections on Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and The National Gallery.        

Calatrava Berlin: Five Projects by Michael S. Cullen and Heinrich Helfenstein (photos), Birkhauser, 1996. Commentary and description with many illustrations of the architect's two bridges built in Berlin as well as his unbuilt plans for the train station, Reichstag, and sports park.  

The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape by Brian Ladd, Univ. of Chicago, 1998.  Critical review of the state of fusion in the city of Berlin with the blending of architecture, ancient history, new building, memories, and national identity all raising important questions and debates for the future of the city's development.

The Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago by Hans M. Wingler, MIT Press, reprint ed. of 1978 publication. 

Daniel Libeskind Jewish Museum - Berlin: Jewish Museum Berlin: Between the Lines by Bernhard Schneider, Daniel Libeskind and Christian Brensing, Prestel USA, 1999.  Photos, floor plans and discussion of the acclaimed  building.

Architecture and Politics in Germany, 1918-45 by B.M. Lane, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1968.  Critical analysis of German urban development exploring how political issues and events influenced the country's architecture.

Berlin and Its Culture: A Historical Portrait by Ronald Taylor, Yale Univ. Press, 1997.  Similar to issues tackled in Capital Dilemma by M. Wise, this book investigates the question of what is 'city' culture.  With an emphasis on the personal lives of citizens Taylor records the history of Berlin.  Many illustrations, detailed maps to compare the growth of the city. 

Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin by Alexandra Richie, Carroll & Graf, 1999.   Extensive yet concise encyclopedic description of Berlin from the time of Nero to Helmut Kohl. Includes not only history but also military, culture, arts, music, work ethic, and literature.

Inside The Third Reich  by Albert Speer, Wesdenfield and Nicolson, 1970. This book is an English translation of Albert Speer's memoirs focusing on the years from 1933 to 1945 and his work under Hitler, providing intriguing personal insight into the Nazi state. 

Berlin: A Century of Change  by Neal Ascherson, Prestel USA, 2000.  Portrait of the city in the 1920s through the lives of citizens and their work, leisure, political engagements, and home.