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Invisible Berlin

Old and New Worlds of Infrastructure | Episode 6

Berlin’s infrastructure is characterized by a continuous process of change, adapting to new technological developments and political challenges, yet it has always remained a force for stability in the city’s history. This may initially sound paradoxical, but it is a key finding of the historian Dr. Timothy Moss. A good example of the adaptable durability to Berlin’s infrastructure is the old water works in Grunewald, which began operation in 1872, supplying the growing metropolis with drinking water. The city closed the plant in 1969 for hygienic reasons, but that did not mark its end. On the contrary. Reflecting the needs of the present, the former water works today houses an environmental education centre, the Ökowerk. Timothy Moss pays it a visit in this episode and uncovers other examples of change and continuity to Berlin’s infrastructure.

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The Project
This project interprets Berlin’s twentieth-century history through the lens of its infrastructure systems. It will analyse archival and published material to reveal how the policies, plans and practices surrounding the design, provision and use of the city’s energy and water/wastewater services changed (or did not change) in response to the regime diversity experienced between 1920 and the present. Exploring how infrastructure systems – generally renowned for their path dependence – were affected by five political regimes (encompassing the Weimar Republic, Nazi dictatorship, socialist East Berlin, capitalist West Berlin and the reunified city) will reveal attributes of socio-technical change hidden in other cities by the patina of familiarity. Using Berlin as an exemplar, knowledge will be generated on what infrastructures can tell us about a city’s history, in terms of how it was envisioned, structured, governed and used, and what these legacies mean for urban transitions today.

Location

Berlin

Project management
Dr Timothy Moss

Producer
Stephan Zengerle

Camera 
Martin Pogac

Editing
Martin Pogac

Series created by 
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
Invisible Berlin
Episode 1
08/28/2019
Greater Berlin and Hitler's Water Plans
Episode 2
09/04/2019
The Island of West Berlin
Episode 3
09/11/2019
Socialist Symbolism
Episode 4
09/18/2019
Berlin's Got Gas
Episode 5
09/25/2019
Old and New Worlds of Infrastructure
Episode 6
10/02/2019
The General Interview with Dr Timothy Moss
Episode 7
10/09/2019

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by Werner Praus-Zacharias | 28.08.2019 | 19:18
Ich bekomme nach dem Download zwei verschiedene Tonspuren zum Hören. Wie kann das sein. Ich weiß nicht, was ich ändern könnte.
Gruß!
WPZ

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by Georgios Chatzoudis | 28.08.2019 | 19:30
Sehr geehrter Herr Praus-Zacharias,
ich habe gerade auch das Video zum Test heruntergeladen - mobil über ein Smartphone. Das heruntergeladene Video ist bei mir intakt - nur ein Ton. Insofern bin ich gerade ratlos, wo bzw. was bei Ihnen genau die Ursache des Problems ist. Vielleicht versuchen Sie den Download noch einmal über ein alternatives Gerät.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Georgios Chatzoudis

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