Cloth binding with jacket
17 x 24 cm



"Radical Change, Discovery, Reform" is part of a three-volume architectural history. This second volume presents perhaps the most interesting period of Berlin architecture, associated with names such as Ernst von Ihne, Friedrich Hitzig, Paul Wallot, Martin Gropius or Alfred Messel. An abundance of material fills out a detailed picture of the city on the verge to modernity. Showpieces and government buildings of the Kaiserreich; villas and residences; even industrial and comunications buildings and the S-Bahn and U-Bahn.

Between 1918 and the division of the city in 1961, the architecture and urban planning of Berlin experienced extreme changes in direction – primarily infl uenced by the political circumstances. In each phase, construction was dominated by the ideological direction of its time. This was true of the Modernism of the 1920’s, carried out by planners such as Bruno and Max Taut, Erich Mendelssohn and Walter Gropius, the conservative tilt and gigantean plans of 1933–45 or the new start after 1945. This also becomes clear from the different directions in which building developed in the divided city. While Hans Scharoun, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others continued to develop different forms of Modernism in the West, building in East Berlin took place primarily under the heading of “socialist redesign“ and a return to “national traditions“. In the third volume of his history of building in Berlin, Helmut Engel reconstructs the dramatic developments, always with the backdrop of the prevailing political and social conditions. Special edition of the series “Meisterwerke Berliner Baukunst”, Stiftung Denkmalschutz.

When Friedrich Wilhelm—the “great elector”—came to power in 1641, Berlin’s development into an international metropolis began—not only in political terms, but also with respect to its architectural history. The european impact and finest artistic quality of Berlin’s new architecture and sculpture helped to assert its position in competition with other European capitals. Buildings and areas of urban development dating from the period of the baroque to that of classicism characterize the face of Berlin to the present day. In the first lavishly illustrated volume of his Berlin building history, Helmut Engel presents a vivid panorama of building activity in Berlin up to the middle of the 19th century.

Baugeschichte BerlinAll three volumes

Out of print

Volume 1—Aufstieg, Behauptung, Aufbruch: 1640–1861

Volume 2—Umbruch, Suche, Reformen: 1861–1918

Volume 3—Moderne, Reaktion, Wiederaufbau: 1919–1970