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Topoanalysis of the Reichstag Steps

Oxford Brookes School of Architecture · BA Year 2

An Effective Understanding of a Retreating Historic Threshold?

abstract · Applying Gaston Bachelard’s topoanalysis to the memories and daydreams of two contrasting spatial experiences of the Reichstag steps, this essay shows that it is not possible to come to a full understanding of the wider issues of this retreating threshold with just a phenomenological approach. In the process, the loss of a site to daydream highlights the significance of this historic public space.

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