Potsdamer Platz Urban Project: The Economic and Cultural Transformations

Potsdamer Platz Urban Project: The Economic and Cultural Transformations

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The action ways of global capitalism aim at obtaining monopoly rents from existing or induced urban symbolic capital through implementing or transforming strategic areas. Throughout the processes related to it, in a context of economy changes mainly oriented by neoliberalism practices post-crises of 1970 and 1980 decades, cities and societies are faced with several contradictions often manifested by antagonist actions over the global and post-modern cities concepts, in which local cultural aspects and national and international economic interests must to share the space. Large urban centers are not only the stage where strategies are developed to face such challenge, actually they are also true agents of global articulation to attract investments. However, how could this happen in a particular territory with characteristics hardly comparable to any other territory in the world?
This article aims to analyze how the economic and cultural transformations from the late 20th century reflected and still reflect on the (re)production of urban spaces. Thus, the important symbolic character of the grand urban project along what was the largest axis of social, political and economic separation in the world, the “Potsdamer Platz” urban project in Berlin, in the post-reunified Germany, is the main object of the intended discussion, as an intervention of strong expression over the cultural turn that the city went through. This paper discusses how the urban project was developed and executed by a critical analysis over the veiled intention of extracting monopoly rents from its symbolic capital, which was one of the areas that underwent the most intense and dramatic transformations during the 20th century.

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Guilherme Henrique Fatorelli Del'Arco

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - São Paulo, Brazil

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Guilherme Henrique Fatorelli Del'Arco

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - São Paulo, Brazil

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Preferred Track

7. Urban competitiveness and social challenges

Second Preferred Track

9. The Syndrome of Grand Projects: contamination processes between North-South, West-East, Global-Local

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