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The Reinvention Cycles of a Small German Industrial City

  • 1.  The Reinvention Cycles of a Small German Industrial City

    Posted 02-12-2020 09:00 AM


    In 2017 my book Baltimore, Reinventing the American Legacy City. was published. It occurs to me that I lived in industrial legacy cities all my life (even including my short stint in London). This article is an autobiographical account of the various transformations of the small German city in which I lived from first grade to the Abitur (highschool degree) with current day updates.
    The mud all around the house proved that the small town of Heidenheim in southwestern Germany was a big step down from the big city of Stuttgart we had come from. Heidenheim's centuries old castle perched on a big rock lording over old-town like a menace or protective shield sat at a lower elevation than this hill which had newly become part of town.  The original parts of the castle go back to the 12th century, later additions to the 1700s. The town itself had gained "market rights" in the middle ages, a military outpost goes back to Romans in the century before Christ. But now in 1955 the town saw a big transformation.... RED FULL ARTICLE

    [Klaus] Philipsen FAIA
    Archplan Inc. Philipsen Architects
    Baltimore MD
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