FRANK, S (2016): Wall Memorials and Heritage: The Heritage Industry of Berlin’s Checkpoint Charly. 286 pages. New York/London: Routledge.

Analysing the transformation of Berlin’s former Allied border control point, “Checkpoint Charlie,” into a global heritage industry, this volume provides an introduction to, and a theoretically informed structuring of, the interdisciplinary international heritage debate. This crucial case study demonstrates that an unregulated global heritage industry has developed in Berlin which capitalizes on the internationally very attractive – but locally still very painful – heritage of the Berlin Wall. Frank explores the conflicts that occur when private, commercial interests in interpreting and selling history to an international audience clash with traditional, institutionalized public forms of local and national heritage-making and commemorative practices, and with the victims’ perspectives.

Wall Memorials and Heritage illustrates existing approaches to heritage research and develops them in dialogue with Berlin’s traditions of conveying history, and the specific configuration of the heritage industry at “Checkpoint Charlie”. Productively integrating theory with empirical evidence, this innovative book enriches the international literature on heritage and its economic and political contexts. Further Information.

ROSKAMM, N. (2011): Dichte: Eine transdisziplinäre Dekonstruktion. Diskurse zu Stadt und Raum. Reihe: Urban Studies. 380 S. Bielefeld: Transcript. Further information.


KNIERBEIN Sabine (2010) The production of central public spaces and the economy of attention. Aesthetic, economic and medial restructuing by design-related coalitions in Berlin since 1980 (in German). Foreword by Max Welch Guerra. 437 pages. 51 illustrations, 2 of them in colour, and 14 tables. Br. ISBN: 978-3-531-17424-2.
Since the 1980s public spaces are challenged by manifest aesthetic changes. This book follows the assumption that institutional transformations are expressed by these aesthetic changes. Institutional transformations which point to changing roles of the state and of markets in public space production processes. By investigating ‘design-related coalitions’ between out-of-home media companies and state actors Sabine Knierbein proves evidence for a recent phenomenon of the production of the city: A post-fordist accumulation strategy is revealed, whose originators systematically manage human attention as a scarce resource in public spaces. Yet when coalitions between state and markets are able to transform attention into capital in the course of the emerging economy of attention, then statehood is facing fundamental diemmata as regards a definition of roles and positionality as keeper of the Grail of public interest or as instance that contributes to the commodification of the collective. Because the commodity attention – generated in local public spaces – is already dealt with on global financial markets. Further information.