Photo Gallery Walls and Wastelands

In the two decades since reunification, Berlin has been an enormous building site, but empty spaces still litter the city center. A new photography book highlights the forgotten corners of a city in perpetual transition.
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In the two decades since reunification, Berlin has been an enormous building site, but empty spaces still litter the city center. Now a new photography book by Andreas Muhs highlights the forgotten corners of a city in perpetual transition. This empty space was photographed at Kokoschkaplatz in the Berlin district of Hellersdorf in 2009.

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The book, titled "Rest-Berlin" ("Berlin Remnants"), documents Berlin's many crumbling corners and empty downtown spaces. This 2009 photo shows a huge gap where buildings once stood near central Leipziger Strasse, which was very close to the Berlin Wall.

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Pre-fabricated housing blocks in Ernst-Thälmann Park in former East Berlin. The park was named after a former communist leader. Despite talk of renaming the site, a majority of residents voted against a change in 1997.

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Franz-Mehring-Platz in the eastern neighborhood of Friedrichshain. "Neues Deutschland" was the official communist party newspaper in East Germany which survived the transition to the new political system and is still published today.

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Layers of urban life: This wall was photographed on Rosenthaler Strasse in Berlin's fashionable Mitte district in 2010.

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These blocks overlook the Spree River at Schiffbauerdamm. They are just a few minutes away from the Reichstag and the striking glass and concrete structures of the government quarter.

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This empty interior is in a building on Köpenicker Strasse. The street runs through the Kreuzberg neighborhood in the former West and the Mitte district in former East Berlin and was bissected by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.

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This photo shows an abandoned building in Tschaikowskistrasse in the eastern Berlin district of Niederschönhausen.

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Filling in the blank gaps: This photo was taken on Vossstrasse in the Mitte district in 2009.

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This 2009 photo shows the central Schlossplatz, the site of the former Berlin Stadtschloss (City Palace), which was damaged during the war then demolished by the East German government. The East German parliament building replaced the former Hohenzollern palace but that too was eventually demolished. The current government intends to rebuild the original palace, but lack of funding has stalled their plans. What remains is yet another gap in the Berlin cityscape.

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This photo was taken on Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, near Alexanderplatz. Berlin's iconic Television Tower can be seen in the background.

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A lone apartment block adorns the cover of "Rest-Berlin" by Andreas Muhs. It is on Chausseestrasse in the Mitte district of Berlin. Andreas Muhs' photographs can also be seen at the gallery Fenster61 (Torstrasse 61, 10119 Berlin) until Oct. 18.

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