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In-Visible Palimpsest

Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai

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Lu Pan

In the early 1990s, Berlin and Shanghai witnessed the dramatic social changes in both national and global contexts. While in 1991 Berlin became the new capital of the reunified Germany, from 1992 Shanghai began to once again play its role as the most powerful engine of economic development in the post-1989 China. This critical moment of history has fundamentally transformed the later development of both cities, above all in terms of urban spatial order. The construction mania in Shanghai and Berlin shares the
similar aspiration of «re-modernizing» themselves. In this sense, the current experience of Shanghai and Berlin informs many of the features of urban modernity in the post-Cold-War era. The book unfolds the complexity of the urban space per se as highly revealing cultural texts. Also this project doesn’t examine the spatial changes in chronological terms, but rather takes the present moment as the temporal standing point of this research. By comparing the memory discourse related to these spatial changes, the book poses the question of how modernity is understood in the matrix of local, national and global power struggles.

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Figure 1: Shanghai Concessions .....................................................27 Figure 2: Berlin during the Cold War .............................................28 Figure 3: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe ....................45 Figure 4: Topography of Terror ........................................................ 50 Figure 5: Kaiser William Memorial Church ...................................54 Figure 6: Stasi Museum exterior and interior .................................56 Figure 7: Berlin Wall Museum .......................................................58 Figure 8: The New Chapel of Reconciliation .................................60 Figure 9: The Brandenburg Gate ....................................................64 Figure 10: The Victory Column ......................................................... 65 Figure 11: Palace of the Republic in Demolition .............................68 Figure 12: The Reichstag Building ...................................................70 Figure 13: The Jewish Museum, Berlin............................................74 Figure 14: The “Axis” in the Jewish Museum ..................................75 Figure 15: Plaque of Memory on Innsbruck Street ..........................77 Figure 16: “The Stumbling Stones”..................................................77 Figure 17: The Memorial House of the First National Congress of the CCP .......................................................94 Figure 18: Tower to the People’s Heroes ..........................................98 Figure 19: Memorial to the May Thirtieth Movement ....................101 Figure 20: The World War I Memorial on the Bund (Demolished) .................................................................107 Figure 21: Sihang Warehouse .........................................................109 Figure 22: Exhibition Room in Memory of the “Battle of Sihang Warehouse” .......................................112 Figure 23: Former Site of Korean Provisional Government ...........121 Figure 24: The Museum of Jewish Refugees .................................124 Figure 25: Sculputre in Longhua Martyrs Cemetery .....................131 Figure 26: East Berlin Mural Painting at Leipzig Square ..............132 Figure 27: Treptow Park Statute .....................................................133 Figure 28: Hotel Adlon Today ........................................................147 Figure 29: The Model of Humboldt Forum a la Stadtschloss ........150 8 Figure 30: The New Potsdamer Platz .............................................155 Figure 31: Remains of “Kaisersaal” in Hotel Esplanade...

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