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


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Title Information

Edited by Sandra Bartoli and Jörg Stollmann. With photographs by Elizabeth Felicella and Christopher Roth

1st edition

, 2018

Hardback (flexicover)

approx. 200 pages, 70 color and b/w illustrations

18 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-033-6


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.

Authors & Editors

Fahim Amir

Michael Baers

Sandra Bartoli

 is an architect and co-founder of Berlin-based Büros für Konstruktivismus and theaches as a Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany. She graduated from University of Venice (IUAV) and University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Eva Simone Hayward

Stefano Mancuso

Alessandra Ponte

Karin Reisinger

Luise Rellensmann

Jörg Stollmann

 is a Professor of Urban Design and Urbanization at Technische Universität Berlin. He is co-founder of unrbaninform.net and works as a researcher from Berlin and Zurich.

Chris Wilbert