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Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the "Fall" of the Berlin Wall

Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the "Fall" of the Berlin Wall
Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the "Fall" of the Berlin Wall, Throughout his article, de Graaf's argument is illustrated with images of lively scenes from 1980s East Berlin, challenging the common misconception that life on the other side of the Wall was bleak. Image © Lutz Schramm/Wikipedia
Throughout his article, de Graaf's argument is illustrated with images of lively scenes from 1980s East Berlin, challenging the common misconception that life on the other side of the Wall was bleak. Image © Lutz Schramm/Wikipedia

"Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall’s demise, it is as though a large part of the twentieth century never happened," writes OMA principle Reinier de Graaf in his article for Metropolis Magazine "The Other Truth". "An entire period has been erased from public consciousness, almost like a blank frame in a film." Through the course of the article, de Graaf outlines how the West has rewritten the history of the cold war, erasing the "other truth" that existed for nearly half a century in East Berlin, the USSR, and other soviet-aligned states - a truth that we forget to our peril. It may not be immediately architectural, but the essay provides an interesting look into the political thoughts of de Graaf who, as the principle of one of architecture's most prominent research organizations in AMO, has an important influence on the profession's understanding of the wider world. Read the article in full here.

Cite: Rory Stott. "Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the "Fall" of the Berlin Wall" 04 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/604882/reinier-de-graaf-on-cultural-amnesia-and-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall/>