The journal 'Raumforschung und Raumordnung' and the GDR. The reception of GDR spatial planning in 'Raumforschung und Raumordnung'


  • Harald Kegler





In the journal ‘Raumforschung und Raumordnung’ (RuR), the topic of spatial planning in the GDR played but a subordinate role. Nevertheless, it is possible to deduce basic statements on the reception of GDR territorial planning. This paper examines articles in the journal with the aim of identifying tendencies
in discussion of spatial planning in the GDR. It is essential to also take a look at the development of spatial planning in the GDR itself in order to trace the relationship between the
image in the journal and the real frame of reference in the GDR. The analysis oscillates between chronological consideration of epistemologically promising articles in RuR and distinctive findings in GDR planning research. The focus of the analysis is on key publications that also contribute to interpretation of
the spatial turn. The tendencies found also reflected socio-political
connotations of federal policy towards the GDR. These began with rather distanced reporting on the ‘Soviet zone’ and critical observations on individual aspects of spatial planning
there. This was followed by increasingly objective reports and
critiques that sketched a differentiated picture of spatial planning in the GDR. Finally, the papers comprised professional
discussion about the GDR on equal terms, combining critical reflection with consideration of problems in the FRG.



How to Cite

Kegler, H. (2021). The journal ’Raumforschung und Raumordnung’ and the GDR. The reception of GDR spatial planning in ’Raumforschung und Raumordnung’. Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning.