Shaping the Urban Renaissance: New-build Luxury Developments in Berlin

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Marquardt N, Füller H, Glasze G, Pütz R
Journal: Urban Studies
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 50
Journal issue: 8
Pages range: 1540-1556
ISSN: 0042-0980


Inner-city living is a hot topic in Germany. Policy-makers long for new middle- and upper-class residents; evidence of urban in-flight has been documented by scholars, and debates on reurbanisation are in full swing. This trend has also led to the emergence of a new housing product in German metropolises: high-priced, centrally located and newly built apartment and townhouse developments. In this paper, these luxury developments are analysed as part of a general process of urban restructuring and a focus is on the contradictions inherent to the idea of urbanity taking shape here. Guided by Foucault's governmentality approach, new luxury developments are understood as a powerful reworking of how the city, its uses and users are imagined and governed. In doing so, the paper aims to show that the concept of governmentality enables a critique of current processes of urban restructuring that may enrich the on-going debates on gentrification. © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Füller, Henning Dr.
Institut für Geographie
Glasze, Georg Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)

External institutions with authors

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

How to cite

Marquardt, N., Füller, H., Glasze, G., & Pütz, R. (2013). Shaping the Urban Renaissance: New-build Luxury Developments in Berlin. Urban Studies, 50(8), 1540-1556.

Marquardt, Nadine, et al. "Shaping the Urban Renaissance: New-build Luxury Developments in Berlin." Urban Studies 50.8 (2013): 1540-1556.


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