With its origin going back to the industrial colony “Stadt des KdF-Wagens”, created to house the workers of the Volkswagen Works established then, and still closely connected with the well-being of that company, the City of Wolfsburg is a typical example of planned urban development focusing on economic impetus. Here, the creation of a cultural identity and the integration of different cultures combine with an effort to transform the place into a center offering state-of-the-art services and leisure amenities.

The development of the urban axis Klieversberg-Castle illustrates how cultural changes have affected and shaped urban planning. Over the years, the city’s major buildings for cultural purposes have been constructed along this axis, thus rendering evidence of the development from the beginnings in 1938 up to the forward-looking plans of the city. Four different development stages are described.



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