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Old May 2nd, 2013, 09:22 PM   #3621
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Were the original rooftops flat on top as well?
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 09:28 PM   #3622
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No, that's a modern invention...
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 08:03 AM   #3623
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My first visit to Dresden will happen this month. Because of this, I've been reluctant to comment on the quality of the construction at the Neumarkt until I've seen it in person. The pictures provided here makes me think I'll be pleased with the reconstruction. There are a couple of less than lovely buildings...that green skinny glass one and the sloped roof gray thing on the south side of Quartier 8...but they are minor visual disruptions on an otherwise magnificent reconstruction. Anyone who is disappointed with what has been done in the Neumarkt needs to go back to Page #113 and look at the DDR era picture of sheep in a pen (where Quartier 1 is now) with the ruins of the Frauenkirche as a backdrop! I just wish Quartiers 6 & 7, the Hotel Stadt Rom, and the Hoym Palais were in place too. It's obvious I'll have to visit Germany again in the future...goodie!
As a fellow San Franciscan, I found Dresden, both historically and its attempt at recovery, to be much like San Francisco. Unparalleled beauty with a edge that no other city can fully equal. I hope Dresden recovers completeley because the global community needs such symbols of human endeavor.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 04:17 PM   #3624
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It's a marvellous job done with these reconstructions. Hope to see more next time.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #3625
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No, that's a modern invention...
I figured. How come they decided to go with that design? And how common is it among the other reconstructed houses?
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Old May 4th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #3626
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Actually these were the only (first) true flat-roof examples of the Neumarkt area. It occurred because the whole block went to one investor looking for the biggest profit margin, without setting proper rules first. The Neumarkt committee and officials learned from this mistake.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #3627
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You'd think with 50+ years time to ponder the issue, they would have thought of this before it was too late. Too bad public officials think with their heads in places other than on their shoulders and cash mysteriously appearing in their pockets.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #3628
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Actually these were the only (first) true flat-roof examples of the Neumarkt area. It occurred because the whole block went to one investor looking for the biggest profit margin, without setting proper rules first. The Neumarkt committee and officials learned from this mistake.
It's a real shame. Imo it just feels incomplete, like a baroque facade has been pasted on a regular concrete box.
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These were by no means landmark buildings though. The reason why they were replaced by modern additions can be found in their prewar blandness and to be honest I actually kind of like some of the buildings, at least the one on the left in the first picture.
They are still better than what we have now. I hate to complain, as the reconstruction of the Neumarkt is like a dream come true for me, but I don't think I will ever "get it" as to why they stuck a speed-metal guitar solo in the middle of a Bach prelude:

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Love the analogy, but unfortunately, you can find world class symphony conductors who do just that "for creative variety". The San Francisco Symphony does that too often, in my view. The good news about musice going awry is that the next concert may be perfect. When it's a building, we're stuck with it for 100 or more years.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #3631
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Nice job comparing the aerial photos of before and after very interesting.

Considering the sheer size and scope of this reconstruction, I accept that it will no all be original. I'm fine with some short cuts on some of the row units, just hope they rebuild all of the the special buildings like Palias Hoym to their original glory.

In the long run, I wonder at what point the new materials and building methods used today offset the maintenance costs of the old original buildings had they remained?
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Old May 8th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #3632
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Love the analogy, but unfortunately, you can find world class symphony conductors who do just that "for creative variety". The San Francisco Symphony does that too often, in my view. The good news about musice going awry is that the next concert may be perfect. When it's a building, we're stuck with it for 100 or more years.
Indeed we are. One hundred years of each and every building in this picture being wrong ... very,veeery wrong.

Perhaps the replicators need to be checked for deficient eyesight?
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Old May 8th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #3634
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Old May 9th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #3635
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Nice progress!


I hope Rampische 33 is gonna be geil, too.

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Old May 9th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #3636
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We have been seeing careful archeological digging and excavating of the underground foundations and sub-level structures of the original buildings as the Neumarkt work has progressed.

Was the same attention given when the Kulturpalast was built and the other units along Wildrufer Strasse?
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Old May 9th, 2013, 05:52 PM   #3637
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What do You guess? Can You immagine that the "democratic culture" which build those buildings was even interested in "keeping the past"?
I argue Your question is purely rethoric/ironic
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Old May 9th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #3638
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Let's pull the Kulturpalast down and find out!
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Old May 9th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #3639
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Let's pull the Kulturpalast down and find out!
Good idea! Its not such a dreadful building (there are far worse in Dresden) but its dreadful for where it is - totally out of place in the neo-baroque centre.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #3640
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Let's pull the Kulturpalast down and find out!
Is that a possible option?
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