chapter  7
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Architecture and memory: Berlin, a phenomenological approach

ByAna Souto

This chapter explores the relationships between architecture and memory, based on the understanding that architecture is a clear manifestation of material culture, ‘buildings and cities are instruments and museums of time. They enable us to see and understand the passing of history’ (Holl, Pallasmaa and Pérez-Gómez 2006: 31). Architecture and the built environment are perceived as palimpsests, but without the context surrounding these structures; can we actually read them as documents of the past? Moreover, can a phenomenological approach to architecture enhance our understanding of the built environment?