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Invisible Berlin

The General Interview with Dr Timothy Moss | Episode 7

In this extensive interview the historian and infrastructure researcher Dr. Timothy Moss reflects on the questions he posed at the start of his project on ‘invisible Berlin’, the challenges confronting his research and the key findings from his analysis. He also talks about the interplay and interdependencies between politics and infrastructure. Who shaped what and why? Which political decisions in Berlin’s turbulent history proved path-breaking for the city’s infrastructure? Which elements of its energy and water infrastructures survived across multiple changes in political regime? How adaptable and sustainable can even the oldest water works, gas mains and power cables prove to be?

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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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by John Shepherd | 19.11.2019 | 20:34
I have come very late in tears to an interest in all aspects of Berlin history and life but have virtually no German language. This may seem an impertinence but the more your material is translated into English the more it builds interest and understanding.

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by Judith Wonke | 20.11.2019 | 09:48
Dear Mr. Shepherd,
thanks for your comment - we are happy to hear that you are interested in our videos! Just like Invisible Berlin (engl. version: https://lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/das_unsichtbare_berlin?nav_id=8405), all other Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation are available in English and German. (https://lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/videos_filmproduktionen) Feel free to have a look!
Best, Judith Wonke

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