Qualification project

The Car-oriented City in Discussion. An Analysis of the Discourse in the Federal Republic and the GDR since 1950

Research Department: Department for Historical Research

IRS Research Topic: New Social Practices

Project Leader within IRS: Lisa Kreft

Duration: 07/2015 - 07/2018

The debate about the preservation, demolition and conversation of transport infrastructure and architecture in cities is an ongoing topic in the cities with its changing mobility trends. Since the 1960s it is also widely debated in the public media. The thesis analyzes the conflicting and complex historical professional discourse and its reception in the media and wants to identify paths of arguments to get an insight of the current debates by studying four cases in the east and west. Another aim is to embed the built heritage of the car-oriented city in the current discussion about the preservation of architecture of the post-war modernism, because transport architectures of the 1960s and 1970s may also have a historically relevance to the cityshape and an aesthetic value.