Space and the CITY

Annika M. Hinze, Ph.D.

Turkish Berlin

1 May, 2013 (15:41) | news | By: annika

Exciting news: My first book, Turkish Berlin: Integration Policy and Urban Space, is forthcoming in August 2013 from the University of Minnesota Press, Globalization and Community Series.

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The book is also available for pre-ordering on Amazon!

Flying High – Berlin’s New Airport Is Grounded.

17 January, 2013 (18:35) | news, personal essays | By: annika

On June 3 2012, Berlin’s new international airport, BER – Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt was scheduled to open its doors. Coincidentally, yours truly was supposed to arrive in Berlin, my hometown, on that very day for the first time after 1 year and 8 months, my longest ever absence from the city. On the first direct flight from New York (JFK) into BER no less. As you may understand, I was feeling very special, imagining a glamorous arrival with balloons, champaign, and flowers. I could partake in this great event – the opening of Berlin’s first truly international and appropriately large airport! Read more »

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

25 January, 2012 (14:32) | news | By: annika

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a brand-new documentary about the Wendell O. Pruitt and William L. Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis. Designed by Minoru Yamasaki and completed in the early 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe was one of the many public housing projects that went up in American urban areas – largely as the result of slum clearance. This documentary is unique because it does not only document the failure of public housing itself, but it addresses the reasons why. Read more »

Time to go beyond aesthetics?

24 October, 2011 (19:55) | personal essays | By: annika

In her book, the Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs confronted an issue of her time: Urban Renewal – “creative destruction” – the idea that the new is better than the old and that therefore the old occasionally has to be destroyed in order to make space for the new. Jane Jacobs was concerned with the side effects of such “creative destruction” – the fact that it was not just the built environment itself that ended up being destroyed – but the very social fabric of the neighborhood that had formed around it. Read more »