Despina Stratigakos


On her book A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City

Cover Interview of February 13, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“One of Europe’s great modern cities through the lens of women’s urban spaces, both imaginary and physical.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Seeing the familiar landscape of the city vanish under the onslaught of industrial urbanization, many women glimpsed their liberation and joined the fray, helping to construct the new Berlin with the zeal of the converted.”

On the second:

“Remapping of Berlin connected the imaginary to the physical, dreams to asphalt, and inextricably linked the creation of the modern woman with that of the modern city.”