Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression
(This Obscure Object of Desire)
“I see the living quality of a city directly in proportion to the possibility of [...] ‘gaps in the planning’.” – Wim Wenders in an interview with Hans Kollhoff, 1988
1st edition, 2019
280 pages, 46 color and 93 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
Tiergarten is Berlin’s oldest park, with more than five hundred acres of woodland in the heart of the city. Before it was absorbed by the city, the area that became Tiergarten was a naturally occurring forest. Throughout its history, it was used as royal hunting grounds and as a landscaped public park, and—in the years of hardship following World War II—an area where trees were felled for firewood, before changing social and political circumstances and the growing ecological movement led to measures to restore and replant the vast public space. Thus, the Tiergarten has become not only a very popular place of recreation but as well a biotope of extraordinarily high biodiversity.
Generously illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs, Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression takes readers through the history of the park, with an eye toward exploring it as a radical spatial expression—a space where humans and wild species and conflicting histories coexist in close proximity, and as a model for future environments in areas of intense urbanization. Born of a recent symposium staged by Technische Universität Berlin, the book brings together twelve essays with a range of archival documents, including newspaper articles, maps, reports, plans, and photographs.
With contributions by Fahim Amir, Michael Baers, Sandra Bartoli, Eva Simone Hayward, Gunnar Klack, Stefano Mancuso, Sandra Parvu and Piero Zanini, Alessandra Ponte, Karin Reisinger, Luise Rellensmann, Jörg Stollmann, and Chris Wilbert. Photo essays by Elisabeth Felicella and Christopher Roth.