Design: A Tale of Two Cities


The session will focus on the history and current challenges of architecture and urban
design in New York City and Berlin, Germany. After World War II, New York and Berlin
were both cut off from public investments that had built them up. Both saw historic
buildings crumble into squats, and a decline in attention to the historically beautiful public realm. Today, both are reborn, creating livable, cared for public spaces to match their global stature. In this new environment, these cities face new challenges. This session promises to be packed with powerful ideas, not only for Berlin and New York, but for all cities.

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