By Despina Stratigakos
Round the starting of the 20 th century, ladies started to declare Berlin as their very own, expressing a imaginative and prescient of the German capital that embraced their female modernity, either culturally and architecturally. girls positioned their lives and made their presence felt within the streets and associations of this dynamic city. From apartments to eating places, colleges to exhibition halls, a visual community of women’s areas arose to deal with altering styles of existence and paintings. A Women’s Berlin retraces this principally forgotten urban, which got here into being within the years among German unification in 1871 and the loss of life of the monarchy in 1918 and laid the root for a unique event of city modernity. even if the phenomenon of ladies taking keep an eye on of city house was once frequent during this interval, Despina Stratigakos indicates how Berlin’s focus of women’s development tasks produced a extra totally learned imaginative and prescient of another city. lady consumers referred to as on woman layout pros to assist them outline and articulate their architectural wishes. a few of the tasks analyzed in A Women’s Berlin signify a collaborative attempt uniting lady buyers, architects, and architects to discover the character of woman aesthetics and areas. while that girls have been remodeling the outfitted surroundings, they have been remaking Berlin in phrases and pictures. lady reporters, artists, political activists, and social reformers portrayed ladies as influential actors at the city scene and inspired lady audiences to view their dating to town in a extensively various mild. Stratigakos unearths how women’s remapping of Berlin attached the imaginary to the actual, merged desires and asphalt, and inextricably associated the construction of the trendy lady with that of the trendy urban.
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From “Die erste Frauen-Bank der Welt,” Deutsche Frauenzeitung (1911): 623. ”47 In 1916, the bank collapsed under these and other pressures (including the war). Although short-lived, the institution represented a bold, and clearly threatening, attempt to enter the public world of ﬁnance and to institute the kind of structural changes necessary for women to amass capital. Through its eﬀorts to mobilize female economic power in the German capital, the projects discussed in its newspaper, and its physical presence in the city, the Women’s Bank encouraged Berlin’s female residents to reconceptualize the scope of their intervention in the urban built environment.
From Piccadilly to Potsdamer Strasse 31 Set amid the shops, the Lyceum clubhouse could be seen to oﬀer Kirchner’s women—looking quite vulnerable on their traﬃc island, encircled by men—a haven from an exciting but also stressful commercial environment. 49 Reuter, a founding member and leader of the club, was quite clear about this goal in the publicity piece she wrote for Der Tag. 52 Although the bureau was not original to the Lyceum Club in Berlin, being modeled on the one in London, its prominence in this recruitment document suggests an even greater emphasis on professionalization as a club goal.
2. Hall of the London Lyceum Club. From “The Lyceum Club of London: An Organization of Women Engaged in Literary, Artistic, and Scientiﬁc Pursuits,” Critic 46, no. 2 (1905): 136. From Piccadilly to Potsdamer Strasse 21 For their money, members received goods and services that made the club highly attractive. The club presented itself as a labor union for female “brain workers,” aggressively pursuing international markets for their creative work. 17 To this end, a specially staﬀed bureau assisted members in their various occupations.
A Women's Berlin: Building the Modern City by Despina Stratigakos