Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression

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



Title Information

Edited by Sandra Bartoli and Jörg Stollmann

1st edition

, 2019


280 pages, 46 color and 93 b/w illustrations

17 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.

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 Elizabeth Felicella and Christopher Roth.

Authors & Editors

Fahim Amir

Michael Baers

Sandra Bartoli

 is an architect and co-founder of Berlin-based Büros für Konstruktivismus. She teaches as a Professor of Design at Munich University of Applied Sciences' Department of Architecture. She has held previous teaching appoinments at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Eva Simone Hayward

Gunnar Klack

Stefano Mancuso

Sandra Parvu

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

Piero Zanini