Berlins History from an unconventional Perspective - an interactive Experience
The CD-ROM Berlin in the Underground offers an impressive encounter with the subterranean centre of the New Berlin. With the help of unique images, excellent audio reports, film clips and an interactive tour through a bunker you will be able to experience these hidden treasures - from the origins of the urban infrastructure and the construction of the metro system to the vast underground buildings and bunkers of the Nazi era, the subsequent division of the Berlin during the cold war and, last but not least, the post-unification developments in the new German capital.
A great love of historical detail and the newest multimedia technology are combined to present an atmospheric journey through the underground of this European metropolis. The birds-eye views of the Potsdamer Platz from 5 different years between 1885 and 1999 illustrate the history of Berlin in a fascinating way. Illustrations and ground plans of particular objects and a careful selection of internet links put the finishing touches to this remarkable documentation.
The Authors - Making it possible to experience Current History with the engaged Use of Multimedia Technology
Eku Wand - Professor of Media Design/Multimedia, Designer and Producer
Over a period of 9 months, a huge amount of material was compiled - using the newest multimedia technology - into a coherent, atmospheric production. As multimedia pioneer Eku Wand puts it: In comparison to a museum, the virtual and interactive presentation of the sources is of particular value. This particularly applies to the bunkers which have normally been demolished or covered with soil, and are, consequently, not accessible to the wider public. He elaborates: The user, always the focus of our attention, can explore all the fascinating material interactively and systematically. For this purpose, we have developed an interactive tour through one particular subterranean object. Spending six days at the site, we produced all-round panorama pictures which are presented on the CD-ROM with the looks of an adventure game.
Dietmar Arnold - Town Planner, Author and Chairman of the Berlin Underground Association
Up to 40% of all buildings in Berlins inner city are located beneath the surface. At the Potsdamer Platz, more than half of the new structures were built underground. It is this particular point where 150 years of Berlins and Germanys history have been compressed uniquely. Unlike Paris or Rome, the catacombs of Berlin are not yet included in any sightseeing programs. This multimedia production documents a hidden aspect of history and illuminates some particularly interesting, but inaccessible bits of the city says town planner Dietmar Arnold who has already published several books about Berlins underground. As the chairman of the Berlin Underground Association, he has explored and documented historical subterranean architecture for many years and campaigns for its conservation.
Around 600 photos, ground plans, illustrations, cross-sections and 90 minutes of spoken word.
Interactive aerial pictures of the Potsdamer Platz from 5 decades, featuring details of particular objects.
An interactive walk through an air raid bunker with 360° panoramas.
CD-ROM for PC and Mac
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Pentium II, 200 MHz, 32 MB RAM, Graphics card (8 MB), Sound card, 24x CD-ROM drive.
MacOS 8.6 or higher, PowerPC G3, 233 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 24x CD-ROM drive.
Recommended retail price 17,90 Euros | 1 CD-ROM in a Super Jewel Box | German Version | ISBN 3-935709-02-1
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