Past Event

Collins/Kaufmann Forum: Sarah Schlachetzki, "Affordable Housing During the Weimar Republic. Modernism in Breslau"

March 3, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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930 Schermerhorn Hall
Affordable Housing During the Weimar Republic. Modernism in Breslau

During the Weimar Republic, Breslau was Germany's seventh biggest city. The conflicts following World War I caused an exceptionally severe housing crisis in the region. Located at Germany's eastern periphery a few miles from the Polish border, Breslau protagonists had to negotiate their visions for the modern city against the backdrop of shifting boundaries, social unrest, and an increasingly nationalist discourse of self-justification. The talk will address both architectural propositions in a climate of extreme political tension as well as historiographical questions regarding a dual marginality.