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No, this isn't one of them. We're after places that are much denser, more packed. They have names, of course: they are the Gartenstadt Falkenberg (1913-16), the Siedlung Schillerpark (1924-30), the Grossiedlung Britz commonly called the Hufeisinsiedlung or Horseshoe Settlement (1925-30), the Wohnstadt Carl Legien (1928-30), the Weisse Stadt (1929-31), and the Grosssiedlung Siemensstadt or Ringsiedlung (1929-31). All lay outside the city as it appeared in James Hobrecht's master plan of 1862. For all five, the prime directive was Luft, Licht, und Sonne, "Air, Light, Sun," all to increase Aussenwohnraume, "outdoor living spaces." That's what brings us to this quiet street, Wegedorn Strasse in Siedlung Wegedorn, a southeastern suburb of Berlin. These houses have the "air, light, and sun" Taut sought. As this picture suggests, it was hardly a revolutionary aim, but he and his fellow architects had to provide it in a much more tightly packed space.

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