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DRESDEN / COMMUNIST URBAN PLANNING / DESTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL MONUMENTS: Gesamtbebauungsplan Zentrum. Prognostische Entwicklung. Stand 1. Januar 1967

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[General Development Plan for Center. Prognostic Development. The Situation of January 1st 1967]

Colour lithograph, 71,5 x 57 cm (28.1 x 22.4 inches) (soft folds with tiny holes, otherwise in a good condition).

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A map for urban planning of Dresden showcases the city center with its current buildings (black colour) and planned buildings (red colour), as it looked like on January 1st 1967. Also marked are the already existing and planned highways and traffic connections (yellow), pedestrian zones (yellow) and green surfaces (green).

At the end of the war Dresden suffered one of the largest damages in the bombings in German and the new communist government was not in favour of the old historical buildings, which represented the power of the nobility and church.

In the 1950s and 1960s, many historical monuments, most which suffered damage during the war, were deliberately demolished and replaced with “progressive” architecture for the people, such as shopping

malls, restaurants and hotels. Highways were built through the old city center and pedestrian zones to make the city look modern.

In 1967, several larger constructions were built in Dresden, one of them being a lane of the Carolabrücke, a bridge over Elba, connecting the old city part with the north part. In April of the same year a massive restaurant of dubious aesthetics with the name “Am Zwinger” was opened on the place of recently demolished Gothic church, dedicated to St. Sophia, next to the world famous historical Baroque complex. The restaurant with the dancing room and a café for 1416 people was also known for its nickname Feeding Cube (Fresswürfel).

Such post-war demolishing of historical buildings and replacing them with contemporary 1950s, 1960s and 1970s architecture is in Germany also known as “the second destruction of Germany”.

The map was made by the city architect of the Dresden city council.

References: OCLC 809157107, 123417793.

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