The old guard modernists in Western Europe and post-war urban visions: Cornelis van Eesteren as jury member of the ‘Hauptstad Berlin’ competition 1957-58

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Abstract

Urban visions drawn on paper, assessed in competitions, and circulated through
journals and books can have a huge impact on city planning. They can be as
influential – perhaps even more influential – as realized plans that, after all, have
to withstand the realities of funding, land use planning or everyday use. Prizes
awarded for competition entries and the publicity that comes with them can
influence urban planning practices for decades to come. It was therefore a decision of far-reaching consequences when leading modernists were chosen as members of the jury for the Hauptstadt Berlin competition 1957-58 – a competition set up to plan for a future city center of a reunited Berlin as the capital of Germany. Among the selected jurors were Dutch urbanist Cornelis van Eesteren and the Finn Alvar Aalto, his friend from the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM). The selection of the jury was a conscious choice aimed at continuing and updating pre-war modernist discussions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDutch connections
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on international relationships in architectural history in honour of Herman van Bergeijk
EditorsSjoerd van Faassen, Carola Hein, Phoebus Panigyrakis
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Pages149-160
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-94-6366-360-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameInaugural speeches and other studies in the Built Environment
PublisherTU Delft Open
Volumespecial issue
ISSN (Print)2451-9804
ISSN (Electronic)2451-9812

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