Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression (This Obscure Object of Desire)

Book edited by Sandra Bartoli and Jörg Stollmann
Contributions by: Fahim Amir, Michael Baers, Sandra Bartoli, Elizabeth Felicella, Eva Hayward, Gunnar Klack, Stefano Mancuso, Sandra Parvu, Alessandra Ponte, Karin Reisinger, Luise Rellensmann, Christopher Roth, Jörg Stollmann, Chris Wilbert, Piero Zanini
Copy editing and proofreading: Mark Soo
Design: Studio Yukiko
Printing and binding: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg
Park Books: Zürich 2019

Tiergarten—210 hectares of forest in the middle of Berlin and the oldest park in the city—is a place where many aspects of ecology, urbanism, heritage, daily culture, and politics are simultaneously present but also visibly transgressed. Over time the park has become an island of anomalies that can be read as a radical expression of what is most urban and public in the city. Human history and natural history are here constructed together, serving as a model of the dissolving antagonism between nature and the built environment. In Tiergarten, this transgression becomes a key to shifting established ways of talking about the city.