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Not rebuilding, but building afresh. Hannover after the second world war
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Sid Auffarth 
Year:  2010 Issue: 129 Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 155-170 FullText PDF:  291 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SU2010-129006
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The essay deals with the so-called "miracle of Hannover", that is to say the complex, but rapid reconstruction of the city in Low Saxony, destroyed during the Second World War. In 1948, the "new construction" - as it was called - was significantly boosted thanks to the financial reform and also on the initiative of the Alderman for Planning, Hillebrecht. He organized a model of city reconstruction in which, apart from politicians and technicians, landowners and builders were assigned leading role. In addition, the whole town took part in the constant and updated debate, on Hannover’s rebirth. The strength of Hillebrecht’s project was a planning policy where the original urban structure of the town was to be ignored in favour of future development, and its memory preserved only by reconstructing some historic building destroyed in the bombings. In this project, which gave rise to a zoning type plan (road system, residential areas, shopping areas, etc.), road conditions played an important role, maybe disproportionate to the real needs of that moment. This is the reason why the post-war urban city, which is currently being reviewed, is considered by critics to be a "car friendly city".
Keywords: Hannover, Reconstruction Urban planning, Involvement

Sid Auffarth, Not rebuilding, but building afresh. Hannover after the second world war in "STORIA URBANA " 129/2010, pp. 155-170, DOI:10.3280/SU2010-129006


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