Public Spaces

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The public spaces in the socialist city served to mobilize, educate and instill in its citizens a socialist consciousness. Urban planners thus designed streets, squares and parks to accommodate large, state-organized mass gatherings such as demonstrations and parades. According to the authorized city planning guidelines in the GDR, open areas were supposed to constitute centers of political life and to increase participation in state-directed activities. Numerous works of art were integrated into public spaces to emphasize their educational function. For example, monumental murals and sculptures served to celebrate the achievements of socialism, to preach international solidarity and to promote the cultural legacy of the New Germany. These public spaces not only display the splendors of socialism to the citizens of the GDR, but also to the outside world. They bore the names of previous Communist political leaders like Karl Liebknecht or Rosa Luxemburg to further cultivate socialist ideals among East Germans.

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