From Andrew Harper
Berlin is a dynamic place, still in the process of self-reinvention two decades after the collapse of its infamous Wall. Most traces of World War II have been obscured, and although vestiges of Eastern Bloc prefabricated construction (plattenbau) remain, modern economic forces are rapidly remodeling the city. The transition is most evident at Potsdamer Platz, the historic public square laid waste by Allied bombing and neglected during the Cold War, which now boasts buildings designed by some of the world’s leading architects. A total of five museums is planned on Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in the Spree River, a project intended to rival the Louvre in Paris. The Pergamon Museum there already contains an astonishing collection of classical antiquities.